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Old 13-02-2008, 08:54   #16
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I brought bikes on the boat for several years. They proved to be a hassle, because we always anchor, and it is rare rare rare to use a marina. I guess you could always do some squats for legs?
Really? I'm surprised. We just loaded ours into the dinghy, drove ashore and were off biking. We kept them lashed to the pushpit and out of the way (center cockpit mono).

Did this for 2 1/2 years and didn't really feel it was inconvenient. I guess compared to collecting, cutting and splitting your own firewood and bringing that to the boat, moving the bikes was a snap! ha ha
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Old 13-02-2008, 09:03   #17
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How well do skakeboards do on dirt roads? Beaches? Bikes are tough enough; maybe I'm just not seeing something.????
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Old 13-02-2008, 12:07   #18
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I want to bring my honda 650, it only weighs 500lbs or so. Also my gold dredge, who knows when that might come in handy ...
I know, and could tell you exactly where (when) a Gold Dredge might come in handy, but then I'd have to kill you...
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Old 13-02-2008, 13:11   #19
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Explain to me how you get the bike off the deck of the boat and ready for riding. (not to mention that weight is too much for a 35 boat) But go through the exercise of how you would get the bike on and off...
I have thought of this (and like many other of my ideas.........have done b#gger all about it ).

Having an aft cabin boat their is a fairly decent sized aft deck (for a 30 footer!) that is "out of the way" - I was thinking that the Mizzen mast could be modified /strengthened to use as a crane........dropping the bike onto a pontoon or a dock would probably be a stretch (literally!), but......no reason why the bike could not be dropped over the stern and onto a beach (triple keels ).

But still won't be a 650 , but a few 50 / 125 cc bikes that look like candidates (at least in theory / my dreams!).

This would probably be a bit too big, but...........



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Haha ya, sounds like my idea is a little bit unrealistic.
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Old 13-02-2008, 17:43   #21
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has anyone ever taken a small motorcycle along with them so they'll have some land transport wherever they're going?
On the Tiburon 36 ketch I crewed on from SF to Accupulco, we had a Honda 50 trail bike covered and lashed to the stern rail. It was out of the way mostly but we never had/made the opportunity to "launch" it. Maybe in Tahiti where they ended up, but it might have been a rust bucket by then. I'd like to think that folding bikes (I have a small sst Dahon and a Motague mountain) would be worthwhile aboard but mixing with the locals on busses is great fun (mostly).
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Old 13-02-2008, 19:15   #22
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While cruising Mexico in the mid '80 I traveled with a buddy boat that had a Honda trail bike aboard. My buddy had nothing but trouble getting the bike on and off his 45' boat. After about 3 months he sold it to another boater.

The best advise I have ever heard concerning bikes while cruising was to buy a used bike when needed and then sell it when you leave. I can't remember where I read it but it sure sounds like a it could be a winner.
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how about a pocket bike, they are big enough to get you around and light enough (about the weight of a dinghy outboard) can be stashed most anywere, and carried in the dinghy and to the beach under your arm... just a thought.
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Are there any outboards that have a built in fuel tank?
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sure, i would think most small hp ones are built in. my 4hp merc. has the built in fuel tank. unless you have a big zodiac with a 25hp...
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Forget the motorcycle. Very hard to get on and off and you will have license/registration hassles in foreign countries. Even bycycles are difficult unless you go along side a dock, and we hardly ever do that simply because they don't exist in most cruising areas. Walking is great exercise and a good way to see things and meet people, and local busses, etc. are almost always available at very low cost.
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.... and yes, almost all small outboards have built in fuel tanks.
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