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Old 12-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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My boat is bigger than yours!

Forum members,

A statement has been made that the majority of posters/members of this forum own boats that lay between 30,000# and over 100,000#. The insinuation, I take it as, if you are under #30,000# the poster vaguely suggest that another venue may suit 'small boaters who think they have a "Real" trawler'.

I can not think of a common simple format to reflect the claim. At this point the claim reflects the statement purported to have been made by General Ike Eisenhower prior to D-Day that "X" number of casualties would result. When challenged to the number given and how did Ike know, Ike responded, "Let those who challenge the number prove the number wrong"

As I read the responses from various forums where pictures of the owners boat are depicted or described I seriously doubt that the claim would stand up.

Myself, I am fairly thick skinned, the frustration is allowing the subtle suggestion hidden in a claim as stated having me wondered if the invitation to join this forum carries a hierarchy depicted in the pecking order of boat size. "Mine is bigger than yours!" cried the bigger of the two little boys.

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Old 12-09-2012, 10:38 PM   #2
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Al, For the life of me I can't figure out how you got this impression. Heck, I don;t even have a trawler style boat. You do. Your boat probably belongs here more than mine. I think in a lot of ways people with larger boats can envy the simplicity and flexibility of the smaller boats. Everyone has much to add. The collective knowledge here is great. I learn all the time (though it may not appear so). I just ordered a SOC meter that I learned the value of here. I ordered it from a link that was put up by Gonzo. If you have something to add jump in you will be helping someone.

You just reminded me also that I have been wondering how Honeybadger is coming along on the projects on his boat. I love Harkers Island boats no matter what the size.

When we were between boats, and just had the 25' Blackfin it didn't stop me from cruising from Louisiana to all along the West Coast of Florida on a center console with a cuddie cabin. Took it everywhere.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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Really opinionated people, generally speaking, aren't willing to listen or learn from others no matter which medium conveys the message, but the trait does seem accentuated on Internet forums.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Murray posted a link for a single engined vessel that lost its transmission. The vessel in question weighs about 36,000 lbs fully loaded. Quite simply it is not a candidate for a 9.9 hp outboard as some suggested, or any other small OB for that matter.

I would make a small wager, to be paid by the loser buying drinks for 4 at the Bar Harbor restaraunt in Ketchikan, that most of the vessels represented on this forum weigh more than 30,000 pounds when geared up.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:12 PM   #5
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Forum members,

A statement has been made that the majority of posters/members of this forum own boats that lay between 30,000# and over 100,000#. The insinuation, I take it as, if you are under #30,000# the poster vaguely suggest that another venue may suit 'small boaters who think they have a "Real" trawler'.

Just saying,
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Paschaa... Let them eat cake!! Err, I mean I love to eat cake aboard my little 21K lb wet-weight pleasure-power-cruiser!! Heck, let us all eat cake together. Worry not what others think bout you, dwell only upon what you might think bout them.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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Bar Harbor Restrunt opening and closing is subject. You may wish to know that one of the owners is dealing with serious cancer as we speak. You may be correct on drinks being available. Wine or beer at the most.
It would be a safe bet if Ketchikan pleasure boats were the candidates for weight. However, I stand by my viewing of the postings where detail or photos of the participants are posting. It would be a stretch to say the majority of posters exceed 30,000#. Other than that I will await postings on this subject from those of the general forum community choose to post.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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There are many, many reasons to own a boat.
"Mine is bigger than yours!" is, I guess, as valid a reason as any. But it has been my experience that using size as certification of authority or importance, has no merit.
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There are many, many reasons to own a boat.
"Mine is bigger than yours!" is, I guess, as valid a reason as any. But it has been my experience that using size as certification of authority or importance, has no merit.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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Hey Al, never saw a 27' Marben until googling it just now. Dang purdy boats that show heaps of west coast commercial troller / gillnetter heritage.

I've got a story to tell about why the size of a persons boat doesn't matter.

My wife and I had sea kayaked from Kitimat and were eating lunch in Lund, on the mainland across from Campbell River, BC, and we started talking to some American commercial fishermen who were heading to Alaska.

When they found out we were kayakers, they kind of dismissed us, but when they found out where we had come from and had rounded Cape Caution, had been through Seymour Narrows, and had spent two months in the winter on the north coast, we were invited to join them for lunch. They respected us, because they knew we had 'walked the walk', despite how small our boats were.

Paddling out the next day we saw a motor launch from a HUGE yacht with two poor fellows in white sailor suits with blue trim...yup...and the stupid beanie sailor hat thingies. In the launch with them were the owners of the yacht; she immaculate with a Big-as-Texas hairdo about a foot high, him with white pants, white shirt, and a powder blue sweater tied around his neck, and heroically poised in the bow was their pure white, clipped in perfect spheres all over its body standard poodle. They couldn't have been bothered to even glance in our direction.

I'm glad we met the commercial fishermen.
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I'm glad we met the commercial fishermen.
Just goes to show its's not the size, but what you do with it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:05 AM   #11
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I saw the statement that Al is refering to. I have to say it made me feel unwelcome on this forum. To make it worse, it was said by someone who's opinion I usually respect. My poor little Possum weighs less than 9000 pounds.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:14 AM   #12
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MoonStruck- Qualify "Geared Up". I have so many obese conotations as I fathom the thought.

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Our first trawler at 27' seemed huge to us vs the 17'cc we had. We love our boat now but the Albin will always be special for us.
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I wish you North American people would get with the program, by which I mean the Systeme Internationale, otherwise know as SI units, and use tonnes = 1000kg
1kg = 2.2 pounds. Then it would be much easier conceptualising exactly what weight you are talking about. When you are up in the stratospheric place in the 30,000 plus region using pounds, it is a bit hard for us mere downunder types to grasp.
My boat is about 9 tonne = 9000 kg. ( x 2.2 = ~ 20,000 pounds I guess. You can do the maths). Certainly significanly less than the 30,000 lbs Al felt was the lower limit. Whoever posted that 30,000 to 100,000lb range as the norm on here was just skiting a bit I suspect.
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Hey! Canada went metric decades ago

1 litre of water = 1 kilogram

0 degrees Celsius = freezing

100 degrees Celsius = boiling

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"As Tom said, this isn't Small Boat Forum. The boats most of us have range from 30,000 to over 100,000 pounds with a fair amount of windage. What works for a fellow with a Grady White sportfish boat or a little Marben cruiser is of no relevance to me or Tom or anyone with similar or larger, heavier boats. I daresay Carl (Delfin) would not have a whole lot of success trying to get his boat to safety in the midst of stormy weather with a 9.9 hp outboard mounted on his stern.
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Perhaps this is the source of Al's frustration. If so I can see why he took it as he appeared to but I don't think Marin was suggesting those of us that displace less that 30000lbs don't belong here. I'm half that and I know Marin thinks I'm a full fledged trawlerman and my boat Willy at 16000lbs is a full fledged trawler. Marin was frustrated but my comments about not needing 60hp for a get home engine. Marin's right. Most of us are 30K to 45Klbs and all the rest of us to some degree are on the fringe.

I'm on the fringe and when I post I need to be constantly aware that most of those I'm talking to have bigger boats than me and I can easily drift off into a rather irrelevant post. For example I anchor mostly by hand and pack my anchors away here and there on the boat while most all here have anchors stuck out on the bow for convenience because of the high weight of the anchors.

Some think the OB Sea Dory is a trawler (I don't) but Sea Dory skippers are welcome here and should feel practically as belonging as most everyone else. There are people here that don't even have a boat of any kind. WAY beyond boats we're a forum. And a forum is for talk. If the owner of a small OB boat has something to say and it's worthwhile let him (or even her) say it and be judged by what he says and how he says it .... certainly NOT by how big a boat he has.

AND AL I THINK YOU"VE GOT GOOD STUFF TO SAY.
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Well, good onya Murray, maybe we can get these Yanks up to speed then eh? However....even Canada has not gone all the way. Don't you still use miles, gallons, and miles per hour etc...?
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...but I don't think Marin was suggesting those of us that displace less that 30000lbs don't belong here. I'm half that and I know Marin thinks I'm a full fledged trawlerman and my boat Willy at 16000lbs is a full fledged trawler. Marin was frustrated but my comments about not needing 60hp for a get home engine. Marin's right. Most of us are 30K to 45Klbs and all the rest of us to some degree are on the fringe.
Eric is correct. His "small trawler" has twice the seaworthiness of our GB and Eric himself has more boating experience than I will chalk up in my lifetime. I could care less how heavy or large or small or light someone's boat is. Our other boat is a 17' Arima that weighs somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds depending on what's in it at the time, and I don't think of it as any less of a boat than our 30,000 pound GB.

My only point was that people were talking about a 9.9 outboard as though it was the ultimate get-home engine for a "trawler," and this is total crap. It might be an acceptable get home engine for a smaller boat, or even a smaller cruiser. But it's not going to work on our boat, it's not going to work on Tom's even larger boat, and it's not going to work on Carl's way larger boat. In that respect, the experience of folks who use low-powered outboards as get-home engines on their smaller or lighter boats is irrelevant to those of us with larger and heavier boats.

When we said that for larger boats like ours you'd need a pretty powerful and heavy outboard to be a viable get-home-engine, Tom and I were refuted by the folks who seem to think a 10 hp motor is going to cut it across the board. It won't, it hasn't, and it never will. Physics and some other sciences make it impossible.

As to who belongs here and who doesn't, the term "trawler" is totally meaningless with regards to defining a recreational boat. So as far as I'm concerned some guy with a 12' john boat he uses to go duck hunting with in a swamp is as eligible to participate in this forum as the skipper of a 1,000' tanker who for some perverse reason is interested in what we toy boat owners have to say. In the marketing hype definition of "trawler," the john boat and the tanker all fit the description as well as our boat as far as I'm concerned.
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Hummmmm, By my count it appears the little boats have the score! (Humor inserted here)
Plenty of points made, points acknowledged.
The direction of the thread intent has again wandered off subject by struggling back into the "Git a Home or get home OB" forum.
I will submit a response on that forum.
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Ya, ya, ya.....Not MY problem that the astronomer on Mercury has Venus envy....Who the hell cares WHAT size their boat is or for that matter what size anybody elses boat is? I certainly don't. You've got a boat. You're thinking of getting a boat. Your thinking of getting a bigger/smaller/another boat. You just like boats. You're welcome here as far as I'm concerned. If I've misinterpreted this fact then I'M in the wrong forum!!!!!!!
I think I've got the best vessel for me at this point in time. If you're opinion is otherwise, take a hike. I've got no use for you. If you think your anchor is the best, fair enough that's YOUR opinion from YOUR perspective and although I may comment on your opinion, that shouldn't make MY choice of anchor right or your choice of anchor wrong in the eyes of a third party observer. It's what works for each of us folks.
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