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Old 08-17-2016, 11:13 PM   #81
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Damn, you drive that dingy like a fighter pilot. 😀. What engine do you have on that thing?
It's a 2-stroke 15 HP Merc. Tops out at 20K, but is a comfortable 12-15K solo in most of these local waters. It's a whole lot more fun than the Honda 2HP.
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:17 PM   #82
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I always hear about folks coming from sail over to the "darkside", but has anyone ever successfully done the reverse? Can one go from an air conditioned and heated pilothouse to an open cockpit and survive the change?

Sometimes I get bored cruising the ICW, and wonder if I would be happier fiddling with lines and tweaking sails (and getting wet). I've only sailed small boats like Hobie Cats and never a big boat, so of course I don't really know what I'm talking about.
Dude, not normally, but at times like now, when contemplating forking out at least 2 grand to just haul and antifoul, I think back to how low maintenance costs and stowage costs were back in my trailer yachting days. Then there was the added advantage of being able to tow our home away from home long distances quickly, without long coastal passages limiting where we could cruise, including opening up some lovely inland lakes.

Especially now there is a nice MacGregor 26 trailer yacht for sale right here at our marina, just to rub it in. Because thanks to the fact that model uses water ballast, so, it can not only be roomier than the yacht we had, but it is much lighter to trail, but then once in the water, one can either take on ballast and sail, or drop the water ballast and actually plane at 20kn, because of the much more powerful 50hp outboard they now use on these, compared to the 8hp ones we used to use.
The pic is our Gazelle 26 we had in NZ. The link is to a Macgregor.

http://www.boatsales.com.au/boats-fo...=0&pss=Premium

Then I think of the extra room, all mod cons the trawler cruiser provides, and the sheer convenience of step aboard and go, with no launching/retrieving, etc, and the yearning drops away again.
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:55 AM   #83
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Interesting topic.
I believe I will be one of those guys who goes back to sail, from a Trawler. I actually have the sailboat in mind, the DD26, by Dudley Dix, which I will build with my own hands, and then sail her solo across the Pacific. That's the plan.

I miss the enhanced connection one has with the sea, that I feel is more pronounced with sailing. But for now, with serious passage making our primary goal, our present boat (Trawler) is the best choice.

Oh I could talk for hours on the subject, but when you asked if anyone will go back to sail - yup - you got your guy right here!

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Old 08-18-2016, 02:58 AM   #84
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Nemier, did you get to Aitutaki?
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:28 AM   #85
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It's a 2-stroke 15 HP Merc. Tops out at 20K, but is a comfortable 12-15K solo in most of these local waters. It's a whole lot more fun than the Honda 2HP.

I have a 15hp Johnson 2 stroke on my 10' RIB, and it's feels about like that video.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:46 AM   #86
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:28 PM   #87
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It's a 2-stroke 15 HP Merc. Tops out at 20K, but is a comfortable 12-15K solo in most of these local waters. It's a whole lot more fun than the Honda 2HP.
The 2HP is definitely more sedate.

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Forgot to mention it in my original post, but I feel much more secure with 6-8000 lbs of lead hanging below the boat when the sh*t hits the fan out on the big water.

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The 2HP is definitely more sedate.




Is it me, or does this dingy seem a little bow heavy? 😄😄😄
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Ya know, I just registered on this forum today because of the excellent information I got from Forklift's post about adjusting valves on an SP 135 Lehman. This is the first thread I've read, and gotta tell you all that I've been missing out on a great forum.

Eleven years ago I couldn't decide between buying a trawler or a sailboat. The sailboats just didn't have enough room, but since I was going to be living throughout the Caribbean, I wanted to realize my dream of sailing in the Caribbean. Then I ran across a Marine Trader IT40 Motorsailer and fell in love. Set up like a trawler inside with a helm in the cockpit and down below out of the weather. Lots of storage and high sides that make me feel safe. I also liked having a second means of propulsion which I have used on a few occasions including when we lost our gear and ended up sailing from Providenciales TCI to Puerto Rico. It is to me and my wife the best of both worlds. The sailing forums are not as open to motorsailers and the beauty of having a trawler that sails as you all seem to be on this forum. I'm posting from my phone, but I will load up pictures of our adventures here and our boat in a day or so, and thanks for making me feel welcome here.
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I still have my trailer sailer, a Hunter 23.5 sitting in my back yard. When we're done with the loop we may go back to sail either with a larger boat or just keeping the Hunter. If I need a sailing fix, I can rig the Hunter and just take off. I think there are lots of folks who came to trawlers via sail and most remember it fondly. I do.

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Jsta Rebel >> welcome to Trawler Forum!

Bruce K >> we depart Rarotonga for Aitutaki this afternoon!!

I'll be uploading our Rarotonga / Aitutaki experience to our website once we arrive in TONGA, perhaps in two weeks from now.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:27 PM   #93
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Ya know, I just registered on this forum today because of the excellent information I got from Forklift's post about adjusting valves on an SP 135 Lehman. This is the first thread I've read, and gotta tell you all that I've been missing out on a great forum.

Eleven years ago I couldn't decide between buying a trawler or a sailboat. The sailboats just didn't have enough room, but since I was going to be living throughout the Caribbean, I wanted to realize my dream of sailing in the Caribbean. Then I ran across a Marine Trader IT40 Motorsailer and fell in love. Set up like a trawler inside with a helm in the cockpit and down below out of the weather. Lots of storage and high sides that make me feel safe. I also liked having a second means of propulsion which I have used on a few occasions including when we lost our gear and ended up sailing from Providenciales TCI to Puerto Rico. It is to me and my wife the best of both worlds. The sailing forums are not as open to motorsailers and the beauty of having a trawler that sails as you all seem to be on this forum. I'm posting from my phone, but I will load up pictures of our adventures here and our boat in a day or so, and thanks for making me feel welcome here.
Welcome! Looking forward to your photos.
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Is it me, or does this dingy seem a little bow heavy? 😄😄😄
I think it looks light in the stern

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The 2HP is definitely more sedate.

A fine example of Achilles heel.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:45 PM   #96
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You guys are killing me here!

1. CLEARLY, my driver is a bit on the light side (physically, not mentally)

2. Obviously this Achilles is designed for a MUCH larger engine than that puny 2HP Honda.

3. The tubes appear to be under-inflated.

(That's all I've got at this time, Your Honor. Defense rests.)

Thanks To Ted and Bruce for their attempts to salvage my honor.
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Here's a shot from a half hour later. Looks like the dinghy is even more deflated than before. Thankfully, they were mindful enough to put on their beer belts!
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Old 08-20-2016, 01:35 AM   #98
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A fine example of Achilles heel.
Brilliant repartee Bruce..!

I have to agree they are sedate, even compared to my old 4hp Merc, but I just love the air-cooled 4 stroke Honda, because it is so light to lift on and off, starts almost first pull every time, even after quite long periods of non-use, and best of all needs no flushing. Being air-cooled you can even do a check start-up up on the deck rail mount before putting it on the dink, just to be sure it will go 1st pull once in the water. Love it.

Sorry, thread hijack over, but you guys started it. Oh, and Al and Mark need to get a bigger boat - now where did I hear that phrase before..? Oh, and yeah...have you guys heard of the 5:2..?
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Here's a shot from a half hour later. Looks like the dinghy is even more deflated than before. Thankfully, they were mindful enough to put on their beer belts!
Ha! That's the biggest fish I've caught all month!

Thank God for beer belt PFDs. They make falling overboard a much more pleasant experience.
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Does that mean the more we drink beer, the better we'll float?
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