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View Poll Results: What size outboard do you use to power your dinghy?
I dont use an outboard, I use oars. 14 10.94%
0-5 Horsepower 46 35.94%
6-10 hp 31 24.22%
11-15 hp 28 21.88%
16-20 hp 3 2.34%
21-25 hp 5 3.91%
Farrari Engine w/12 cylinders 1 0.78%
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Old 16-01-2008, 07:55   #46
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how have the production tests gone? Any price yet?

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Hallo GordMay

we will start production next week of the normal rowing , motorized version and in January we will do our sailing tests and start production than if the tests are satisfactory.
We are waiting for the first shipmenmt of basalt fiber to produce these rib,s with

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Old 23-01-2008, 10:48   #47
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Heck just beach it......

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If you're only using your dinghy to go from boat to shore and back, then the little putt putt motors are ok. We found out real quickly, like Makai, that if you want to dive and do much exploring then you need to plane. Particularly in places like the bahamas, you've often got to cover a lot of ground. Those beautiful beaches that we all picture in our heads, they usually make bad anchorages because the sand was created by constant swell and wave action. You often need to anchor somewhere else and dinghy to them.
Honeymoon Harbor Bahamas ( where was that guy who was dribbleing about real sail boats?)
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Old 28-02-2008, 10:11   #48
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I had a 9ft Caribe on the boat when I bought it. It was light, fast, and agile. My wife could easily winch it up onto it's platform.

I had family come for 2 weeks, so I bought a 12foot Caribe with a floor, and locker up front. It would still plane with 450lbs of flesh in the boat. It would let us all, 5, go in one trip. My wife has to work hard to winch this one up, and I have to work hard to place it on it's platform.

We have used the same 15hp Mercury for both dinks. Even though the newer dink is a struggle to get aboard I am glad I bought it.
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Old 29-02-2008, 01:21   #49
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I had a 9ft Caribe on the boat when I bought it. It was light, fast, and agile. My wife could easily winch it up onto it's platform.

I had family come for 2 weeks, so I bought a 12foot Caribe with a floor, and locker up front. It would still plane with 450lbs of flesh in the boat. It would let us all, 5, go in one trip. My wife has to work hard to winch this one up, and I have to work hard to place it on it's platform.

We have used the same 15hp Mercury for both dinks. Even though the newer dink is a struggle to get aboard I am glad I bought it.
Our new RIB of 14 ft in length only weights 66 lbs and will plane well with 10 HP , made of Hypalon and Basalt fiber with a pvc foam laminate , very easy to get on board .

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Old 29-02-2008, 19:31   #50
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when you have a price for your ribs, please send me an email.
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Old 29-02-2008, 20:07   #51
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Hallo Doug , I have attached the specs and prices of the lightweight V Ribs and the New Catalight Ribs , the Catalight have a sailing version as option. the ribs are made in Epoxy Resin infused carbon,basalt and levlar/twaron fiber with divinycell foam and hypalon for the tubes.
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Another blunder!

I purchased a long shaft 5 hp Nissan for my 10' Porta-Bote. Long shaft because I thought it may be a substitute for my 9.9 outboard if it died. For long harbor trips it's great. The engine is great but the weight!!! Having to hoist it off and on the dinghy is really getting to be too much.

If I cold find a buyer I'd switch it over for a lighter weight in a minute.
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Old 18-03-2008, 21:37   #53
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3.50HP Tohatsu

How has the Tohatsu worked out for you on the 8' Walker Bay. We need to get motorized soon. Did you consider the Honda 2HP?
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I don't have a big boat to put it on, but my 10.5' Zodiac with a 15 hp Honda 4 stroke can get 4 moderate sized adults on plane. I've taken the boat on 40 mile day trips in the past. But, when I get my actual boat, I want something in the 25 hp range so I'd be able to take some people water skiing. One of the features I like on some cruising cats is the large transom deck they have on the back which would accomidate a large rib. Imagine2frolic has one I think, and the St. Francis 50 that I like. It'd be nice to be able to trully fit 6 adults in a rib.
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