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Old 06-21-2017, 11:11 PM   #21
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I thought I posted a reply to this thread but I may have messed it up.

I might go with a fast dinghy if the 15hp propane powered outboards prove themselves over time. I hate keeping gasoline on a diesel boat and I already have propane on board. Until then, I will stick with traveling at the speed I can row, or the 4 knots that my Torqueedo pushes my dinghies.
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Old 06-21-2017, 11:20 PM   #22
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Have to carry more propane per range, less energy density, plus heavier containing tank.

Not deal breakers but to be considered.
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:26 AM   #23
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Things happen too fast for me at 30 knots on water.



I'm more comfortable at six knots even if a kayaker can keep pace.



My maximum speed is eight statute miles an hour. Suits me as potential dangers seem to pop out of nowhere.

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Old 06-22-2017, 07:43 AM   #24
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Satisfy Speed with fast dinghy?

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You went exploring without your first mate?
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The main mission is bass fishing in San Diego Bay with an occasional run to Avalon. i haven't clocked it yet but it goes faster than I want to go!
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We have come to that very decision. Our last two trips to the Bahamas, we took an 11 foot Boston Whaler as our tender. Both times, but more so the last, we kept thinking about how nice it would be to have a bigger, and faster, tender for longer exploring trips. Especially, as we saw more and more fellow cruisers doing that very thing without disaster ensuing.

This trip, we will be trading the Whaler for a small Water Tender 9.0 on davits, for short trips, shoal beach landings, and dinghy dock tie ups where space is limited. For, general use and longer excursions, we are towing our Mako 22 foot center console behind us.

In neither of our last two trips, did we ever get ourselves into a situation where towing the center console would have been a problem (I can't say the same thing for when I was younger and did a lot more stupid stuff).

One good thing about old age and having made lots of trips, is that I have finally become pretty good at picking good weather windows, and, being retired, I am more than patient enough to wait for as long as it takes to get one.
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One good thing about old age and having made lots of trips, is that I have finally become pretty good at picking good weather windows, and, being retired, I am more than patient enough to wait for as long as it takes to get one.
Amen, brother!
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14'8" Crestliner "Stinger"; 50 hp Johnson "Closed Loop" o/b. Our tow-behind since 2010. Simple to handle for towing, fun to use... Luv It!

Seats 4 comfortably , WOT 39.9 knots on gps with just me. Often cruise her at mellow 25 knots with Linda and I... efficient 21 +/- nmpg. Some times cruise 30 to 35 knots. Soft top keeps us dry when waves are present with spray happening. Jumps onto plane with 4 aboard and goodies like cooler etc.

Tows easily. 13.5 gallon gas capacity.

Here's the banger - Boat and motor are the really cool factory original 1975 package!
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14'8" Crestliner "Stinger"; 50 hp Johnson "Closed Loop" o/b. Our tow-behind since 2010. Simple to handle for towing, fun to use... Luv It! .................Here's the banger - Boat and motor are the really cool factory original 1975 package!
Beautiful boat, Art!
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The main mission is bass fishing in San Diego Bay with an occasional run to Avalon. i haven't clocked it yet but it goes faster than I want to go!


What is the total weight with tank and battery?
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Our weapon of choice.
Quintrex 4.3 with mileninium hull (cuts through water better and as yet have not got wet) with a 30hp Suzuki with electric AND pull start.

With a 6ft 2 inch beam its stable enough to stand on the gun whale with no fear of tipping.

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Beautiful boat, Art!
Thanks, Walt!

We call her "Mini Me"... as her color is not too much unlike our Tollycraft.

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Our weapon of choice.
Quintrex 4.3 with mileninium hull (cuts through water better and as yet have not got wet) with a 30hp Suzuki with electric AND pull start.

With a 6ft 2 inch beam its stable enough to stand on the gun whale with no fear of tipping.

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Yep. Slow boat, fast dinghy.

I took the dinghy 21.5nm this morning in 1 hour 25 minutes. Explored a tidal rapid (with 7 knots of current) and the lagoon behind it. In the process I hit a bunch of rocks...not hard, no damage, but I surely wouldn't have taken a cruising boat up there, even if it was fast.

Did 18nm in the dinghy the day before and a similar distance the day before that.

I have a 10'6" Achilles RIB + 15hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Super simple, hardly any maintenance, very reliable, and light enough for a couple people to drag it up and down the beach. It's carried on a Roskelley Olsson transom davit and launches/retrieves in a minute or two. All the normal gear stays onboard. With just me aboard it'll run in the mid-20 knot range, and will plane with four adults.

Many of my favorite boating memories are taking the dinghy on adventures...
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:39 AM   #35
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We went with a 17ft whaler with a 90hp merc. It sits rafted up to our boat at the dock and isready to go exploring. I really enjoy it

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We went with a 17ft whaler with a 90hp merc. It sits rafted up to our boat at the dock and isready to go exploring. I really enjoy it

Boston Whaler!!! Your 17 footer with a 90 Merc must be a lot of fun... fast too!


My family started boating before my birth...

From working on my dad's boat[s], doing lawns, shoveling snow and loading produce as well as tying-up Christmas trees at Gelwhiler's farm... I saved like hell from age 10 and purchased a 13'3" Whaler by age 13 1/2 [sounds funny now - thought that age was big deal back then lol].

Kept my Whaler in perf condition [made love to it] to the time I left house at 18. She came equipped with a 1963 18 hp. Johnson, then I got a 1966 20 hp. on her and finally a 1964 40 hp. Johnson by the time I was 16 [the brand new 20 Johnson had been stolen at the dock within a month after purchase - it was insured and the "big" money allowed me get Dad to let me purchase a used 40 hp. Johnson - My little Whaler was fast then! ].

I'd put the wood seats, console and side guards in basement for a month during middle of nearly every winter to re varnish. Eventually my Whaler was outfitted with stainless side rails and complete dodger.

Used her deep into in NY winters. Many times I'd be all bundled up and have it out on the water... while it was snowing like hell.

Often traveling alongside dad's boat off shore and "usually" sleeping on it at night: Summer of 1968 I piloted my Whaler all the way up to Camden ME and back to NY. Layovers in Greenport, Boston Harbor and the like.

Gave my Whaler to dad when I left house. He kept it for many years; till he sold his 38' raised deck, flying bridge boat.

Talk about great memories!

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Yep. Slow boat, fast dinghy.

I took the dinghy 21.5nm this morning in 1 hour 25 minutes. Explored a tidal rapid (with 7 knots of current) and the lagoon behind it. In the process I hit a bunch of rocks...not hard, no damage, but I surely wouldn't have taken a cruising boat up there, even if it was fast.

Did 18nm in the dinghy the day before and a similar distance the day before that.

I have a 10'6" Achilles RIB + 15hp Yamaha 2 stroke. Super simple, hardly any maintenance, very reliable, and light enough for a couple people to drag it up and down the beach. It's carried on a Roskelley Olsson transom davit and launches/retrieves in a minute or two. All the normal gear stays onboard. With just me aboard it'll run in the mid-20 knot range, and will plane with four adults.

Many of my favorite boating memories are taking the dinghy on adventures...

Many of our best memories and adventures are with the dinghy as well.
When the kids were older they would also sometimes take the RIBS ahead to the destinations and get the slip or mooring assignment ready as they could get there 1-2 hours earlier than us. The larger RIBS had ranges as far as the base boat and more than twice the cruising speeds allowing them to get in many great spots.
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Boston Whaler!!! Your 17 footer with a 90 Merc must be a lot of fun... fast too!


My family started boating before my birth...

From working on my dad's boat[s], doing lawns, shoveling snow and loading produce as well as tying-up Christmas trees at Gelwhiler's farm... I saved like hell from age 10 and purchased a 13'3" Whaler by age 13 1/2 [sounds funny now - thought that age was big deal back then lol].

Kept my Whaler in perf condition [made love to it] to the time I left house at 18. She came equipped with a 1963 18 hp. Johnson, then I got a 1966 20 hp. on her and finally a 1964 40 hp. Johnson by the time I was 16 [the brand new 20 Johnson had been stolen at the dock within a month after purchase - it was insured and the "big" money allowed me get Dad to let me purchase a used 40 hp. Johnson - My little Whaler was fast then! ].

I'd put the wood seats, console and side guards in basement for a month during middle of nearly every winter to re varnish. Eventually my Whaler was outfitted with stainless side rails and complete dodger.

Used her deep into in NY winters. Many times I'd be all bundled up and have it out on the water... while it was snowing like hell.

Often traveling alongside dad's boat off shore and "usually" sleeping on it at night: Summer of 1968 I piloted my Whaler all the way up to Camden ME and back to NY. Layovers in Greenport, Boston Harbor and the like.

Gave my Whaler to dad when I left house. He kept it for many years; till he sold his 38' raised deck, flying bridge boat.

Talk about great memories!

Boston Whalers Unite!
My long term plan is to pass my Whaler down to one of my kids or grand kids. Don't know of any rubber duckies that get passed along through generations like that. Whalers are the start of a love affair and you've made my point exactly. As I said before they do have disadvantages but their advantages are many fold. Again, YMMV.
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14'8" Crestliner "Stinger"; 50 hp Johnson "Closed Loop" o/b. Our tow-behind since 2010. Simple to handle for towing, fun to use... Luv It!

Seats 4 comfortably , WOT 39.9 knots on gps with just me. Often cruise her at mellow 25 knots with Linda and I... efficient 21 +/- nmpg. Some times cruise 30 to 35 knots. Soft top keeps us dry when waves are present with spray happening. Jumps onto plane with 4 aboard and goodies like cooler etc.

Tows easily. 13.5 gallon gas capacity.

Here's the banger - Boat and motor are the really cool factory original 1975 package!
Art, I'm really diggin' your boat, very nice
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14'8" Crestliner "Stinger"; 50 hp Johnson "Closed Loop" o/b. Our tow-behind since 2010. Simple to handle for towing, fun to use... Luv It!

Seats 4 comfortably , WOT 39.9 knots on gps with just me. Often cruise her at mellow 25 knots with Linda and I... efficient 21 +/- nmpg. Some times cruise 30 to 35 knots. Soft top keeps us dry when waves are present with spray happening. Jumps onto plane with 4 aboard and goodies like cooler etc.

Tows easily. 13.5 gallon gas capacity.

Here's the banger - Boat and motor are the really cool factory original 1975 package!


Hello Art ,
really nice boat there I always loved the early styles and how they look crossing the water...
A couple of typos here maybe on speed and mileage?

"WOT 39.9 knots on gps with just me. Often cruise her at mellow 25 knots with Linda and I... efficient 21 +/- nmpg. Some times cruise 30 to 35 knots."
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