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Old 04-25-2018, 09:24 AM   #21
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Regarding your outboard and time, I don't know if you have seen these: https://adventuremarine.ca/product/d...motor-bracket/ - I think they are made up there in BC.
I've seen them online, but never in the flesh. Was it a problem moving the outboard aft of the transom? Did it take longer/make it harder to get on plane?
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:32 AM   #22
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Probably costly to get one to the SE US, tho.
See the link in post #7 for the Ontario dealer. He worked out a deal with us to have our dinghy dropped off in the truckers back yard in Alberta while he took a break delivering Whaly's to Alaska, and my wife drove out there to pick it up.

Give him a call...he was very easy/good to deal with.
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I've seen them online, but never in the flesh. Was it a problem moving the outboard aft of the transom? Did it take longer/make it harder to get on plane?
It really only moved the outboard back about 6-8", so I didn't see any real changes in performance in my case.

It just now occurred to me that the pontoons sticking out the back on the Whaly may make the swiveling interesting. My last dinghy had a flush transom, so it just rotated straight away. The motor may have to tilt up temporarily to clear the aft pontoon and then back down when finished rotating. I think they had some info on their web site regarding this.
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It really only moved the outboard back about 6-8", so I didn't see any real changes in performance in my case.

It just now occurred to me that the pontoons sticking out the back on the Whaly may make the swiveling interesting. My last dinghy had a flush transom, so it just rotated straight away. The motor may have to tilt up temporarily to clear the aft pontoon and then back down when finished rotating. I think they had some info on their web site regarding this.
I donít think it would be a problem resting on the pontoon, as long as the leg is lower than the engine. If the boat is listing or in waves steep & deep enough to get the leg above the engine, weíve got bigger problems to deal with!
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The Whaly looks great, I would love to have the 370.
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I have been following this thread with interest as our inflatable has finallyexperienced a terminal deflate.. My main concern is the Whaly 310 weight issue.

We have a 15hp Yammie and with the 105kg dry weight of the 310, plus a tank of fuel it seems that we are looking at a wet weight of about 150kg. I spoke to the Oz dealer over here and also asked whether the 310 is rated to take a 15hp outboard. The specs say 8hp is the limit, however there is little weight difference between a 8 &15 hp two stroke, so he is going to talk to Whaly to get their opinion.
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An alternative indestructible tender that doesn't require 4 people to lift it is the Porte Bote. It weighs about 1/4 of a rigid like the Bullfrog or Whaly and carries about 2/3 the load for an equivalent length. We've used one for years to ferry dogs ashore, dragging it across lava rock in Hawaii and rocks in the PNW. The main advantage is that folded up, it is about the size of a small surf board so seems ideal for a smaller boat. We keep ours tied to the railing on the upper deck and it takes up no room at all. They tow fine as long as you keep them snugged up to the transom and row well. We can't imagine cruising without one at this point.
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An alternative indestructible tender that doesn't require 4 people to lift it is the Porte Bote. It weighs about 1/4 of a rigid like the Bullfrog or Whaly and carries about 2/3 the load for an equivalent length. We've used one for years to ferry dogs ashore, dragging it across lava rock in Hawaii and rocks in the PNW. The main advantage is that folded up, it is about the size of a small surf board so seems ideal for a smaller boat. We keep ours tied to the railing on the upper deck and it takes up no room at all. They tow fine as long as you keep them snugged up to the transom and row well. We can't imagine cruising without one at this point.
How does it fair while heading into whitecaps?
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How does it fair while heading into whitecaps?
Probably just a personal preference, but we generally don't anchor intentionally where there are white caps, and exploring an anchorage in a 10' tender in force 5 winds is a fairly rare occurrence. How about you?

But to your specific question, they function pretty much just like any other boat of equivalent size. No better, no worse.

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An alternative indestructible tender that doesn't require 4 people to lift it is the Porte Bote. It weighs about 1/4 of a rigid like the Bullfrog or Whaly and carries about 2/3 the load for an equivalent length. We've used one for years to ferry dogs ashore, dragging it across lava rock in Hawaii and rocks in the PNW. The main advantage is that folded up, it is about the size of a small surf board so seems ideal for a smaller boat. We keep ours tied to the railing on the upper deck and it takes up no room at all. They tow fine as long as you keep them snugged up to the transom and row well. We can't imagine cruising without one at this point.
I've often thought the same thing. I've looked at them very closely at fishing and boating shows. With a 56 lb OB weight limit, it can restrict your motor choices. If you OK going 10-12K, they represent a great option.

What I like is the flex in the floor that smooths the ride...once you get used to it.
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I've often thought the same thing. I've looked at them very closely at fishing and boating shows. With a 56 lb OB weight limit, it can restrict your motor choices. If you OK going slow, they represent a great option.
That is a limitation. A 3 hp with one person will get up on plane and haul. Add a person and a couple of dogs, not so much, but it remains an easy go ashore boat that seems basically impervious to damage and doesn't require a couple of gorillas to pick up. I think the main advantage is its light weight, so you can carry it above the tide line and disappear for a few hours without having to swim out to retrieve your ride on your return, and its ability to avoid the whole davit scene, which IMO is at best a necessary evil for a rigid or inflated tender on a smaller boat. We carried one on a 28' Albin for a few years and just stowed it folded on the cabin top. Takes about 5-10 minutes to set up.
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Probably just a personal preference, but we generally don't anchor intentionally where there are white caps, and exploring an anchorage in a 10' tender in force 5 winds is a fairly rare occurrence. How about you?

But to your specific question, they function pretty much just like any other boat of equivalent size. No better, no worse
Thanks for the video...pretty sloppy for sure (chop on rollers) but not quite the conditions I had in mind.

We explore from safe anchorages, so may be exposed to rougher conditions on the way home. This area has many long channels and inlets which can get steep & deep waves of short frequency...something the downturned bow of the Porta-Bote might not be able to handle so well.

Just like boats, the best dinghy for one person may not be suitable for another. Glad you're happy with yours.

Ours goes up real quick-like on modified Weaver Snap Davits using a cheap hand winch on the boom.
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...I think the main advantage is its light weight, so you can carry it above the tide line and disappear for a few hours without having to swim out to retrieve your ride on your return...
A friend has a 50' converted seine boat who tows a large aluminum jet boat. He anchors the aluminum boat below the low tide line and carries a really small canoe to get to shore which he tucks under his arm and stashes in the trees.

Think we'll eventually do something similar. After getting my wife, daughter, the 130 pound bush dog, the two Yorkies and our camera gear ashore, I can anchor the Whaly in deeper water and go back to shore with an Oru Kayak...a little more elegant folding boat solution than a Porta-Bote.

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I had never heard of a Porta Bote, but have to admit thatís pretty slick. If I get tired of hauling my RIB on and off the PH roof I might consider one.

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I didnít buy the bote, but I did buy a 15-hp Suzuki from them for our dinghy. I forget the other brands they offer, but I found them to have very competitive prices on outboards.
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Thatís where I bought my Suzuki as well!
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I had never heard of a Porta Bote, but have to admit thatís pretty slick. If I get tired of hauling my RIB on and off the PH roof I might consider one.

https://youtu.be/TnUKBWaFo6U
When you see one in the flesh, you wonder how it could possibly work out, but they do. We've had two and the current one had been in service for 15 years. They've sold around 100,000 of them over the last 40 years, and I have never met anyone cruising who has one that didn't think it was about the best tender they've owned. I hang ours on the railing like a surf board when not in use, and it is indispensable when going ashore in undeveloped areas. I clean ours with a pressure washer on board to clean it. Just tip it up on its transom, and hose out the sand and gunk.
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*UPDATE*

While looking for spec's on our Whaly, I discovered a dealer in Nova Scotia for you sunrise edge Canadians:

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Whaly now has two USA dealers (Wisconsin & Florida)

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I have a Brand New 2020 Whaly 310 for sale. I do not use this as a tender / dingy, but rather as a family boat. Since i have 4 adults and 1 dog in my family, i want to upgrade the size to the Whaly 435 or 455.


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