Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Dakota, I want one!

Expand Messages
  • brucehallman
    I just got a handwritten letter from Phil Bolger, in response to my inquiry about the suitability of using Champlain for coastal passages on the west
    Message 1 of 136 , Apr 13, 2002
    • 0 Attachment
      <grin>

      I just got a handwritten letter from Phil Bolger, in response to my
      inquiry about the suitability of using Champlain for coastal passages
      on the west coast. He and Ms. Altenburger say no, and recommend a
      Dakota, design #624. I'm looking at these drawings, and here is a
      rough estimate...


      plans.................................... $300
      bottom....20.....sheets...1/2"..acx...$18.$360
      top.......10.....sheets...1/2"..acx $18. $180
      sides.....10.....sheets...1/2"..mdo $30.. $300
      interior..10.....sheets...1/2"..mdo $30.. $300
      Yamaha T-50............................ $3,500
      Windows...20.....ea..............$50....$1,000
      cloth....160.....yards..........$5.50.....$880
      epoxy.....30.....gallons.......$55......$1,650
      oak......130.....bf.............$4........$520
      misc (glue, nails, hardware, more)..... $1,200
      steering junk.............................$500
      toilet lights stove etc...................$800
      cushions..................................$700
      trucking to water.........................$300
      ===============================================
      .......................................$12,490

      Much more boat than a Topaz, same motor, no trailer, 20% more $$$.
      Not as good looking as a Topaz, but not bad looking either. More of
      a cruiser, less of a camper.

      Is there anything here omitted or wildly wrong?
    • Harry W. James
      Prop shaft and prop is the simplest and most efficient solution. The problem is draft. You can run the mercruiser almost all the way retracted at low RPM s to
      Message 136 of 136 , May 6, 2002
      • 0 Attachment
        Prop shaft and prop is the simplest and most efficient solution. The
        problem is draft. You can run the mercruiser almost all the way
        retracted at low RPM's to work through shallow spots. It would be
        difficult to get buy with less then 2 1/2 feet of draft with out a
        tunnel.

        For those interested in converting a car engine into a marine engine see
        Ken hankinsons "Inboard Engine Installation " is an excellent source.
        Glen L sells it I believe.

        HJ


        >
        > I might be revealing my naivety, but what is wrong with a simple
        > drive shaft and prop? Don't propellors work at 2000 rpm? Why use a
        > sterndrive at all?
        >
      Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.