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Old 07-19-2015, 10:54 AM   #21
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One thing we found when looking at Whalers was how restrictive the current maximum hp ratings were and how many people put larger motors on. We have a captain friend who loves Whaler's but in every size boat he was recommending a larger engine than the plate allows and than Whaler will sell with. Basically their limits are 11'-25 hp, 13'-40 hp, 15'-60 hp and 17'-90 hp. With one or two people those are probably adequate but with full loads, are slow to plane.

Certainly Whaler can't be beaten when it comes to durability.

As an alternative if one is going to 16' or more, in South Florida you see quite a few Dusky's. That's what N4712 has as his play boat, ski boat, everything boat. They're sold factory direct so are less expensive plus you have a full choice of motors and aren't limited to Mercury.

I'd also comment that in outboard RIB's, I've always been very impressed with Novurania and their quality.
Back in 60's the 13'3" Whaler was then also factory restricted/recommended at 40 hp. max. I saw a couple w/ 50 hp Mercs. Never did race them. As I recall... On measured mile and just me I calced mine with 40 hp Johnson hit 38 mph WOT.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:25 AM   #22
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You can't go wrong with the proven Boston Whaler.
Poet's Cove! Did you take the Whaler through the canal to Port Browning and walk to the grocery?
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:28 AM   #23
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:34 AM   #24
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The New Best Tender/Dink Thread.

I've towed my Nautica 13.5 Widebody with 50hp HiThrust Yamaha for years, but my YC pushed me into getting it out of the water so I did the modified transomfork davit seen in my avatar pic.

Unfortunately they went pure whack job thus summer and for the "safe and efficient operation of the moorage" tenders can no longer be in the same slip as the boat they service. So I sublet part of another slip - and just removed the davit this week. I'll just keep it on a trailer Labor Day to Memorial Day and tow it when we cruise next month. If we take an "off season" trip I'll just be without it. It was rather inconvenient to maneuver with it on the davit anyway.

What the Nautica is poor at is beaching and landing, particularly on rock. So I've been toying with the idea of getting a small aluminum RIB to supplement - the SMR from Aquapro is well under 100lbs.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:39 AM   #25
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We Really like the TAKACAT Dinks....Cat hull, but fully surround bow tubes, They make a few models.....11' long and I can carry it by myself....Nice inflatable floor, with padding....Very Low dray when towed, you can almost hand hold it......Planes with a 2.3 honda if you're light. Hauls butt with a 5 hp. ......Very stable and easy to beach....No "V" to dig in and sits level. 1700.00 ....Takacat usa......Here is a pic. ...We can get 5 adults in it. ...big Advantage is it Rows Easy and Tows easy, since the middle is out of the Water, being a Catamaran hull Dink. .....Quality is really good also.....Just another option.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:41 AM   #26
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Pura - On your post #23... do you know make, model, or maybe even the style of sunken dink?
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:00 PM   #27
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My Tender is a Commercially rated, twin hull, unsinkable, bright, light, will never go flat or get a puncture, never get mould and has a lifetime warranty blow moulded plastic piece of genius.

http://finnkayaks.com/index.php?prod...mart&Itemid=86

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Old 07-19-2015, 12:00 PM   #28
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Most in our area seem to be inflatables...We are quite happy with our Mercury Quicksilver Airdeck. With small platform, options are limited.

Shown here partially deployed so we don't get that closed in feeling at anchor. I have a block mounted up on my Rear hardtop frame which makes loading and deploying very easy.


A little 2hp Honda meets our needs perfectly. Easy one hand on and off. We rarely explore more than a mile or 2 from the boat so this works well, plus I've had it for 20 years so it's a known quantity....


Stowed for travel"
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:06 PM   #29
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Poet's Cove! Did you take the Whaler through the canal to Port Browning and walk to the grocery?

Indeed, lol! Small world. Were you there? Or is this something you have done yourself in the past?
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nwboater, is that a Portland Pudgy?
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Ribs are pretty universal as the most common, though you will see a lot of small hardbody rowing dinghies in the northeastern mooring fields, used by folks to get out to their daysailer or small fishing boat.

Dinghies are like any other boat, a compromise of some sort. All depends on how, where and how often you are going to use it.


Compromises at every level.....

Lot of worries and myths put forth......or at least misunderstandings about how easy it is to put a hole in an inflatable, how stable a certain type dingy is in all situations, how long ALL Whalers last and why some wouldnt own one on a bet except the resale pushed by the myth....etc..etc...

As others pointed out....if you hit the top 10 on your list of what your dingy MUST do for you based on how you use it...then you are doing well....the trick is figuring that all out.

For me...finally getting rid of the slightly too big, lousy carrying capacity hard dingy as a new West Marine RIB (on super sale) is in the parking lot. Was looking for the things the hard dingy was lousy at.

May keep the RIB hanging off the back and in a year or two when I have more cruising time....tow a 16,17, or 19 Carolina Skiff for fishing and romping. Maybe anything in that size range that is a good buy.
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Old 07-19-2015, 12:46 PM   #32
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Compromises at every level.....

Yup...pick what works for YOU!
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Old 07-19-2015, 01:54 PM   #34
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I've had a few different RIB's and they all had their plusses and negatives. We now have to Whalers and love 'em both.

This one we use for our dinghy. It's a 2010 130 Supersport with a 40hp Merc.


This one we have down in AZ and just use it for playing on the lakes down there. It's a restored 1977 13 Sport with a 40hp Evinrude.
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The English speaking islands of the Eastern Caribbean are heavily into AB and Caribe ribs, typically 3.2 meters. The vast majority of outboards are two stroke as they are still legal here.

The French, Martinique and Guadalupe, have a couple of European brands as well as good representation from AB and Caribe.
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I've had a few different RIB's and they all had their plusses and negatives. We now have to Whalers and love 'em both.

This one we use for our dinghy. It's a 2010 130 Supersport with a 40hp Merc.


This one we have down in AZ and just use it for playing on the lakes down there. It's a restored 1977 13 Sport with a 40hp Evinrude.
I consider these as "supplemental" boats: boats that can stand on their own, and not dinghy "addendums."
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I consider these as "supplemental" boats: boats that can stand on their own, and not dinghy "addendums."
Although we haven't thought of those labels, we definitely want ours to be able to be used as a boat, not just transport a few hundred yards to shore or a dock.
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Dink, tender, launch, supplemental boat, "mini me" (as we affectionately term our tow-behind Crestliner in comparison to our Tollycraft)... any name they may be called, makes no matter, long as Captain and mates are satisfied with uses fulfilled... it all sounds good to me!
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Indeed, lol! Small world. Were you there? Or is this something you have done yourself in the past?
We do it every time we visit the Penders. It's a very cool shortcut - can't do it in the "diesel cruiser" of course!

And the small shopping center has a great book store and even a store where my wife likes the clothes. Oh, and a hardware store. And the pub at Port Browning is pretty good too!
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