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Old 06-18-2018, 10:18 PM   #21
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why is width more critical than freeboard, draft, length or weight ?
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Old 06-18-2018, 10:22 PM   #22
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The best endorsement for the Panga design, as far as I'm concerned, is that it seems to be what all the pirates use 100 miles off the coast of Somalia. I'm certainly not endorsing piracy...but if a small open boat works there...its a well designed boat.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:08 AM   #23
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awesome. looks great!

what are your thoughts on that 40hp? enough power? too much?


Its a 30. I wanted a 40 but the builder told me it would be too much weight on the little boat.

Weíre still in the break in stage. I can hit WOT for a 30 second burst. We got 17 knots in that burst the other day against a 2 knot current and a breeze of a headwind. That was with my wife and 4 young kids aboard.
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Looks really nice. Very practical.

Did they fill the side benches with foam or could you put some hatches on them and use them for storage?
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:56 PM   #25
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Looks really nice. Very practical.



Did they fill the side benches with foam or could you put some hatches on them and use them for storage?


Thanks! Inside the benches is finished so I can cut holes for hatches. I just wanted to use it a bit to see where everybody is gonna ride best etc. before I go cutting holes in it.

Iím debating wether to cut them in the deck or the front of the benches. I keep going back and forth. Any thoughts?
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Thanks! Inside the benches is finished so I can cut holes for hatches. I just wanted to use it a bit to see where everybody is gonna ride best etc. before I go cutting holes in it.

Iím debating wether to cut them in the deck or the front of the benches. I keep going back and forth. Any thoughts?
Both have draw backs. Hatches on top are hard to sit on. Hatches on the vertical part are harder to access. Iíd be inclined to go with top hatches and maybe a cushion.

Better still might be to cut out a section of the top and down the side a little and hinge it.
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Old 06-19-2018, 08:30 PM   #27
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why is width more critical than freeboard, draft, length or weight ?
Width has very much to do w stability. And bigger engines have more torque that can add to a wave (or something similar) that is trying to rotate (tip over) a boat.
Pangaís donít require much power so why have enough power to exceed 20knots? 15hp would do that w a light load.
Big weight in the stern interfers w directional stabiblty.
With an open OB engine powerhead is probably above CG.
Mostly all freeboard does is raiseCG.
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That makes sense...thanks NW!
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I would also like to know the weight. It would fit in my deck cradle but would my crane lift it?
I have always wanted a Panga. Used them often in foreign waters.
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Donít know the weight my friends.
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It looks good. Let us know how it rides.
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how did it work out over time?

so, how did the Panga work out over time? any regrets? what would you do differently? I personally hate inflatables, so i'm curious anytime someone goes w a panga or something unique.
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Greetings,
BV. Welcome aboard eh?
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Old 01-28-2021, 03:36 PM   #34
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Perry, I too was a member of the panga club, so welcome!

When I was living in the Middle East I had a semi-custom panga built for me. Not a lot of pirates in the Persian Gulf, but it was an affordable inshore boat. NOT offshore. I went with a 20ft with center (actually sorta aft) console and a 40hp Mercury Bigfoot. Hi torque. Big prop. Would cruise 20knots light but 14knots heavily loaded with a half dozen kids and BBQs and whatnot. By coincidence, similar Key West lime green, but with a white transom. Lots of fun and great in the mangroves or for chasing flamingos. Their wings, when open, are so gorgeous ya just can't help but entice them to fly!
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The Admiral looks happy at the tiller too!
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