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Old 09-24-2012, 11:56 PM   #21
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"With two people, the one oaring would sit forward so the dinghy would be more balanced."

How long can Perla row? ;-)
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:16 AM   #22
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Al, that has yet to be determined. Maybe your Meg and my Perla can take turns.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:25 AM   #23
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Trinka 8 is a great choice Mark. It's going to look great in dark green.

Without doubt.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:28 AM   #24
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Al, that has yet to be determined. Maybe Meg and Perla can take turns.
Ha! Meg doesn't row...she's got an outboard. (but she really knows how to paddle a kayak)

Here's an idea to avoid those pesky gasoline fumes when Perla needs a rest.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...gn=email092512

Don't worry...it's only money.
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:02 AM   #25
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I had a look at some of the Torqeedo ads and read this line:
"If you are looking for a high-end solution for small outboards that is even cheaper than a regular gasoline outboard in the long run (taking into account service/winterization cost) your search is over."

Really, how much can the winterization of a 2-3 hp outboard cost?
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:55 AM   #26
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I had a look at some of the Torqeedo ads and read this line:
"If you are looking for a high-end solution for small outboards that is even cheaper than a regular gasoline outboard in the long run (taking into account service/winterization cost) your search is over."

Really, how much can the winterization of a 2-3 hp outboard cost?
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depends if you are paying someone $125/hr or more an hour to do it.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #27
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My Admiral loves the idea of a Torquedo, and I'll probably go for one when we begin full-time cruising next year. They do have a software issue that should be ironed out by that time. Still, I think I'll take along the 9.9 just in case. In the back-waters of Florida, it would be nice to explore the areas in relative silence, but the buzz of an outboard gets more respect from the gators, and the stink from a 2 cycle helps a bit with the mosquitoes too.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:12 AM   #28
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My Admiral loves the idea of a Torquedo, and I'll probably go for one when we begin full-time cruising next year. They do have a software issue that should be ironed out by that time. Still, I think I'll take along the 9.9 just in case. In the back-waters of Florida, it would be nice to explore the areas in relative silence, but the buzz of an outboard gets more respect from the gators, and the stink from a 2 cycle helps a bit with the mosquitoes too.
Here's a good article on the Torquedo.

Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog: The Travel 1003, a serious case of Torqeedo love
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:18 PM   #29
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Hmmm. I don't know if I should share that Torquedo article with my Admiral or not. She might take the $$ I'm using for the pilothouse rebuild and buy it before I can stop her. So far, she has no point of reference on a motor that doesn't stink. If I do this, I'll never be able to turn back.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:48 AM   #30
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My Admiral loves the idea of a Torquedo

Most any small electric trolling motor will push a displacement dink, at 1 / 10 the price.

Ladies love the electric power because they have NO FEAR , it wont start.

Allows them to be independant while anchored out.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:33 PM   #31
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Wonderful choice Mark. I think as I love the Trinka's lines but have never been in one. Our sailing dink isn't perfect though.

We never sail our dink. We row it but mostly power it w an OB. Slowly getting rid of all the sailing parts. Since it was a sailboat I assume it sailed well and it runs very well as an OB BUT it does NOT make a good rowboat. Seriously lacking in directional stability. The stern constantly wants to overtake the bow so almost 100% of your concentration is required to go reasonably straight. As a sailboat it dosn't have this problem as it has a big rudder attached to the transom. I'm good w oars and is fine for short trips (to the beach ect) but gets old on a long row. There is no reason to think the Trinka is like this but they are both sailing dinks. Perhaps the Trinka is a better row boat than a sailboat. That would be excellent for your app Mark.

Dark green? .... Is this your dark side Mark? There's no substitute for a joyous light and brightly painted color for a proper yacht.
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My Trinka will have a dark green hull to match its motherboat, Carquinez Coot.

The Trinka has a long straight keel, with skeg, which is supposed to promote stable tracking either rowed or towed. I've debated with myself on whether to spend another thousand for the sailing rig but decided to go without.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:45 PM   #33
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I've debated with myself on whether to spend another thousand for the sailing rig but decided to go without.
I assume you could add the sailing rig at a later date if you wanted to? I've not had as much sailing experience as you have, but I can tell you that messing around in a nice sailing dinghy in an anchorage with a decent breeze is a hell of a lot of fun.
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My Trinka will have a dark green hull to match its motherboat, Carquinez Coot.

The Trinka has a long straight keel, with skeg, which is supposed to promote stable tracking either rowed or towed. I've debated with myself on whether to spend another thousand for the sailing rig but decided to go without.
If cash is ever a problem...a windsurfer rig is always easily adaptable...
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I assume you could add the sailing rig at a later date ...
There is an extra-cost construction option to permit the later addition of a sailing rig. But use of sail (or engine) would require the boat be registered with the state, and then I'd have to deal with the storage/installation/removal of the sailing rig. Too much hassle for the rare/occasional use of the rig.
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You have to register an 8 foot sailing dinghy with the state? That's nuts.
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You have to register an 8 foot sailing dinghy with the state? That's nuts.
Sailboats 8 feet or less in length don't need to be registered in CA, but I'm betting the Trinka is a fraction of an inch longer. Manually-powered vessels of any length needn't be registered in CA.
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Manually-powered vessels of any length needn't be registered in CA.

Wow....that's interesting. That opens up a whole spectrum of possibilities.
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Sailboats 8 feet or less in length don't need to be registered in CA, but I'm betting the Trinka is a fraction of an inch longer. Manually-powered vessels of any length needn't be registered in CA.
My guess is that the state simply uses the specs from the manufacturer to determine length. I doubt they'd send somebody down to your dinghy with a tape measure. If the Trinka manufacturer says it's eight feet, I bet that will be just fine with the state of California.
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Mark, Congrats on ordering the Trinka, Funny thing this weekend here on the right coast I have been toying with getting the Trinka 10 for our boat.

Never really knew much about them but I really like what I see and hear about them.

We have 2 inflatables and 6hp outboard and lots of assorted gear, I am so done with.

No gasoline on the boat and no registration for the dink, just quietly slipping thru the water without much fuss.

Hope to look at one on Saturday I saw on CL, she happens to be dark green. No response from the seller yet so she is probably Gone!

Good Luck and I am sure you will Love your Trinka!

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