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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Thinc2, Jul 8, 2012.
Saw a blown sledboat up in Washington state.....named: "Liquor Box"
as for those 'Dinghy Derby' videos...I'd think that this would be a great way for a sidehack team to stay in 'sync' for their m/c racing.
looks like a ball!!!
What are those engines? Looks like the original distributors in the manifold are now just tach drives and distributors added to the bellhousings. They look a lot like small block chevy or a small chrysler V8. 4-bolt valve covers and siamesed intake runners, but the vertical distributor/tach drive at what looks to be the front of the engine is wrong.
I beleive they were 283 chevy and they were sitting in an early 60's Chris Craft. The trans is mounted off where the balencer would be on an auto engine, and the distributor is driven off the adapter plate for the trans and water pump area. It makes more sense if you look at the starter on the starboard engine and how thats where the bellhousing would normally be.
Consider carefully and honestly what water you'll be playing in, what you want to do activity wise, and what load your going to be carrying.
The "water" should be a big factor in considering hull type in a small boat. A small boat on a lake/river where your range of waves say might be 0-1' and shelter is nearby is a lot different than running in a large lake, bay or ocean. A 16' simple jon boat is fine for the easy water...but for open water something like a 16'-18' center console can let you play out quite a bit and bring you back. A small center console that allows you to stand is real nice when pounding hard.
Some designs are better than others for fishing, diving,..think about what you want to do on the water. Do you need a boarding ladder? Fishing rod holders? Are going skiinig/tubing? A center console gives you some storage typically that you can lock up and a decent helm station. Often a big ice cooler in front gives two more good seats.
Loading: my 17' Boston Whaler Montauk is placarded for up to 7 persons...forget it. Figure loading 4 real persons plus gear for a nice outing. 5 is getting crowded. Do not overload a small boat.
My Montauk is a '85, with an '85 Johnson VRO 90 hp motor...why this motor has not failed yet is a mystery to me and my boat mechanic...but she still has great compression and runs well. I'm clearly on borrowed time...when it blows...time for a 4 stroke. But this boat has been ours for 15 years...trailered from our VA home to NY to Key West several times...we have fished out at the 600' line miles out from shore (clear skys, good forecast and always watching), putted around the Thousand Islands in NY and chased dolphin and dived for lobster in FL....
Buy a top quality small boat and a good trailer, operate it safely, maintain it...and enjoy it for years! I'm in for about $8k for this boat...over 15 years.
Oh...did I mention that in rough water it is real nice to stand up?
OK, makes sense now. Took a moment to realize that they are driven off the crank snout. After that, and the starter, yes I see it as a small chevy now.
A family friend took us out on their 50' Beneteau that he keeps docked in Hilton Head. Talk about one nice boat! We had planned on a Hilton Head to Bahamas trip but it never worked out. Maybe some day.
Sorry, I couldn't find a picture where my son didn't have a beer in his hand!
My wife at the helm in the first pic.
Well, I just started a epic journey. I will be gutting and rebuilding the floor of a 19 ft Manta Ray bow rider. The engine is solid, or so I am told by the PO who I trust, the out drive is brand new.
We bought the boat with a bad outdrive knowing it needed to be replaced.
We also new it had a soft spot in the floor. Went ahead and bought the out drive ( 1600 $ ) and while waiting for it to show up, I figured I would investigate the floor. Plywood and stringers all rotted stem to stern, buy rot I mean like top soil. I am glad I found it, it could have been dangerous.
So now I am rebuilding the floor the "right way" and changing the layout a bit, will end up rewiring the whole things as well. I might post pics as I go.
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something like that. by the way is that pic from under the Kent Narrows bridge
When boats are in you're blood. they just are kinda like motorcycles but for me anyway a bit more. I actually like the whole process of getting ready and you just can't hop on and go. Last weekend very high winds I took mine out by myself I think just to fight the bitch Loading and unloading is not easy in high winds alone. But it was great.
I've been studying and planning and ordering and studying and planning and ordering and getting ready for today for the last two months. That is a part I really enjoy too!!! I'm heading to go pick up my boat today after a meeting and then trailer it down to Ft Lauderdale where if weather permits, and I won't go without the right weather/wind, I'm going to cross the Gulf Stream and head over to the Bahamas. Bimini then to Club Cay then to Nassau to visit someone.
Enjoy! Stay safe!
Have a great trip. I love that Dory I want one.
Its better to be in here wishing you were out there than out there wishing you were in here.
Kind Seas and Fair Winds
Good luck. My dad got to do that trip and loved it.
Tugboat races at the maritime festival in Seattle today. Went out on a company tug for a few hours. Sorry for crappy photos. Forgot my camera and had to use my phone.
Some sailboats. The wooden one was pretty nice.
Fireboat was putting on a show
Old wooden tugboat. Most of the people onboard were dressed as pirates.
This crazy bastard kept flying between us real low
This little tug was awesome as hell. I was constantly surprised it didn't get swamped since the bow was barely above the bow wake when underway
The big boat race (our boat didn't race unfortunately)
And a super short clip of the race. The old wooden tug got a late start (and wasn't even pointed up the course the whole way at first), but ended up hauling ass enough to take 2nd place at the end. All that wetted surface area and the smaller beam ratio helps.