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Old 29-11-2015, 10:00   #31
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Re: Apartment living, inflatable boats/outboards

Here's an option I haven't seen mentioned yet. Renting a small storage unit. They don't care what you put in them ( as long as its legal). A 5x5 unit would work and I found ones in Marina Del Rey for under a hundred a month. Your apartment complex may even have some.
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I was thinking for just putt putting around on a nice Summer afternoon, it's hard to beat a pontoon boat, and they usually rent pretty cheap


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Old 29-11-2015, 18:31   #33
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Apartment living, inflatable boats/outboards

Were it me, I'd get a portabote (used) and an outboard with an external tank. Portabote because I imagine it would be easier to manhandle frequently as it's stiff and flat. My 12 ft hypalon is a struggle to mess around with. Plus, the portabote will probably store better in an apartment (behind a couch for instance) than a bulky rolled up inflatable. Inflatables are great for dumping in a laz and not much else.
The external tank is the way to go with a gas outboard. I can burn all the fuel out of my tohatsu 6 sailpro simply by removing the fuel line and letting it idle for about five minutes. No internal tank, so the remaining fuel lives in the external tank and the fuel line. Note that those red gas cans are NOT vapor proof so it (the external tank) would need to be stored outside. Also, my outboard requires all the oil to be removed if stored on its side. If you were to do this every trip, I can see it becoming a pain. You could strap a dolly into a van or truck bed and always store and carry it upright though.
For your intended purposes, I'd give a careful look to a smaller portabote and an electric outboard.
Hop car- do the lehrs need their oil drained if stored on the side?


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Thanks for the update
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Re: Apartment living, inflatable boats/outboards

Again as said be sure to check the apartment rules and regulations before bringing a gas motor into an apartment. Where I live we can not store any gasoline motors within 25 feet of the build. Fire rules since gasoline is explosive and the fumes are also harmful. I'd go electric or propane. We are allowed to have propane grills so I don't see why you couldn't have a propane motor in the apartment as long as there is something under it just in case to keep greese and oil leaks off the floors.

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In Broward County, Florida, propane grills are also forbidden within 10 feet of a multiple use building.
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One nice thing about a propane engine is that it is pretty easy to drain all the fuel out. Safe to store it in an apartment.
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