Hopeless Boat Nut
Sounds like fun.
The other great thing with motoring in a standard drift
boat is that, when trimmed for a short shaft motor, the
bow is many feet in the air, creating quite a nice sail.
Running downwind is a "Breeze".
Just pray your final distination is in that direction.
Not to down rate standard drift boats, but, that which makes
a Rapid Robert so funny looking on a a trailer or in the
water, the towering 18" high "Bow", and 30" high transom,
make it a more comfortable motor boat.
Mine still will not plane, even with my 15 HP and light,
because of the slight rocker cut in the last
16" of the botton.
Ray Heater claims his boats will, and I have seen pictures.
But then, he is a "Magic Man" when it comes to boats.
Actually a Rapid Rober is going backward when motoring.
(I still have a hard time determing which end is "Front")
I guess one could accomplish the same thing by cutting
a motor well a few feet from the High Bow end in a drift
boat, and motoring backward. Or even in the center, with
a 360 degrees turning motor and go either way, or with
skill, even sideways. (Now there's an "Idea")
Must not be a "Great Idea", as I have never seen it done.
Way too much time on my hands.
--- In MessaboutW@y..., "Sandy Thoms" <thoms@p...> wrote:
Speaking of hopeless boat nuts, (actually I'm not quite there yet,but I
have had dream of a boat similar to the Nuisance), My kids (two at4.5 years
old) greeted me at the door when I got home with a big smile andthe new WB
in hand. Pretty cool, huh?Eugene city
limits, for those of you that don't know layout of Stumptown.That's
another story. Actually the place attracts a crowd that makes youwonder if
your vehicle will still be there when you get back. At leastthat's the
perception, most of the folks I meet there and other boat ramps onthe
Willamette look a bit rough, but seem to be pretty good folks.Anyway, the
kids and I, took the driftboat out on a small quiet stretch of theriver
with my grandfathers 5 Hp Johnson Seahorse of, possibly, latesixties
vintage. I just got a temporary reg and title today, so I'll stickout like
a sore thumb without my numbers and tag for awhile, oh well.kids had a
ball. We went upstream into the base of the rapids until our maxvelocity
equaled the current, the fell away at a quick rate. An interestingthing to
note, is that the motor is not a long shaft, therefore it must be ashort
shaft, relatively speaking, and when attached to a driftboattransom without
a cutout, the prop is just barely covered with water. That's withmyself,
the 30# anchor, a toolbox, the 5 gal gas tank in the stern and two30# kids
just fore of amidships. So one has trim things a bit to make themost of the
short shaft. The neat thing is that once you get a little speedup, the
boat by default tends to wallow so our short shaft then becomes along
shaft, relatively speaking. The water intake, just above the prop,then
finds itself in a much better location for actually working.Another
interesting thing is that the driftboat, again by default, has muchrocker
to the bottom, so that one can make quick spins, or "pirouettes" asall the
historians say. I found this isn't such a good property for motorboats. I
thought the driftboat, under power, would be horribly squirrely,but I was
quite surprised to find that it held a line pretty well.heirloom
motor, and only two hours of a pleasent August eve.area of
northwest Eugene. It was right there at Delta Sand and Gravel._sorriest_
looking ferro-cement boat. I talked to him for a while and wasthinking,
"boy, this guy's got his work cut out for himself!" when hesaid, "and when
I'm done with this I've got my 103 footer". What? Where'sthat? "Anchored
up the bay by River Bend". Turns out she's an old fish packer, theMARGARET
ANN, 252126, IMO #7307512, built by the Fulton Shipyard at Antioch,21.4',
193 GT, 131 NT. She was aptly named NUISANCE IV until the end of1994.
"She's got a big fish tank forward-- that's going to be my swimmingpool,
and a little tank aft that's going to be my hot tub!" I'd justbought an
ancient 15' motor launch and was feeling kind of like a desperatelybetter! <g>
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