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Old 02-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #81
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RE: Small Whaler, Small inflatable, or RIB? Thoughts?

Years ago I had a 10' Avon, center console with a 40hp* Suzuki on it. That thing would fly and the ride was very soft. It also had a small leak that I could never find. (Had to pump it up about every 4 days.)

I loved the boat but if I were cruising extensively in the PNW, I think I would opt for one of the hard bottoms. BullFrog, Livingston, etc.

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Old 02-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #82
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SeaHorse II wrote:... if I were cruising extensively in the PNW, I think I would opt for one of the hard bottoms. BullFrog, Livingston, etc.
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*My friend Carey has a Bullfrog and we have a Livingston.* While they are both hardshell dinghies I think the Bullfrog is the much better boat.* The Livingston is (or was, I don't know about now) inexpensive, incredibly stable, and nigh on indestructible.* The downside is that when loaded down, the smaller ones like our 9' model have very little freeboard.* Not a problem in a calm anchorage but not what you want if you have to make a trip in rougher water.* They are also limited in horsepower--- the 9' model, for example, is limited to 9hp IIRC.

The Bullfrog, on the other hand, while much more expensive, is just as long-lived but has much better floatation, like an RIB.* It can take much more power-- Carey has a 15hp Honda on his 10' Bullfrog but I believe that model can take even more.* So in addtiion to handling heavy loads better and more safely than the Livingston, it does world's better in rougher water and its much higher speed makes it a viable craft for going from an anchroage seveal miles to a store or community.

in my opinion the Livingston is a fine little utility shoreboat but its versatility is limited by its low freeboard and relatively low horsepower rating.* The Bullfrog is a much more versatile boat if one is willing to pay for it and has a way to carry it on board.* A Bullfrog is heavy, although there is a fellow on our dock that carries a 10-footer like Carey's vertically on the stock, teak-strip swimstep of his Island Gypsy on Weaver-type snap davits.* His motor, however, is carried on a separate mount on the transom and he uses (I assume) the boat's boom to move the motor between the mount and the deployed dinghy.

We hope to acquire a 10' Bullfrog someday but we'll tow it instead of carrying it on the boat.
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RE: Small Whaler, Small inflatable, or RIB? Thoughts?

Well...
found a very nice Whaler 15' with a Honda 4-stroke - and jumped on it. So now am selling my Whaler 11' if anyone is interested.
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:48 PM   #85
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RE: Small Whaler, Small inflatable, or RIB? Thoughts?

I delivered my Rib Nouvorania to the specialist repair guy.
hopefully no need for new tubes....hola.

cant wait to get it back though, it is really a very diverse "dinghy", it is fast, fun and comfortable.
i use it for shoreboating, fishing, getting around the Long Beach harbours and marinas.
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Here's details of the Whaler 11' I'm selling:

http://www.trawlerforum.com/t4786397...-trailer-3400/
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