- ...or I could go with the Zephyr. Any comments on how it will handle on a calm river (the lower Potomac in Maryland) with a family of four (roughly 550 lbsMessage 1 of 36 , Apr 2, 2007View Source...or I could go with the Zephyr. Any comments on how it will handle
on a calm river (the lower Potomac in Maryland) with a family of four
(roughly 550 lbs including some gear(?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "marylandbeukers"
> Good information to know - especially about the possible cramped
> quarters. Thank you very much. (Also, my wife just told me that
> oldest now weighs 60 lbs.!)your
> Can you tell me how much the Windsprint weighs? The 150 lbs. of
> Surf is about the max I wanted to go, and I'm assuming theWindsprint
> weighs even more. (150 lbs may not seem like much, but I'm tryingto
> picture my wife and I up-ending and lifting a 150 lb, 16' boat ontoSurf?
> the top of our car - and the picture isn't pretty.) I also have to
> make sure I can find a 4'6"+ roof rack that can fit my VW Passat
> Let me ask one other advice question: If the windsprint won't work
> for me, is it possible to add a removable outrigger rig to the
> My thinking is that this will help with stability and - possibly -will
> allow me to reduce the size of the flotation compartments which
> allow for more "people" room in the boat.it
> Any thoughts?
> --- In email@example.com, "Loy Seal" <loyseal1@> wrote:
> > My Surf weighs about 150 lbs made from 1/4" SYP plywood and the
> > sheathed with fiberglass on the bottom to the waterline. The fore
> > aft compartments are covered and filled with foam. The boat will
> > your family but there will not be much room left. You could leave
> > the compartments but I like the safety of the flotation. The boat
> > very fast for sailing. A GPS showed it going over 6 knots in 15knot
> > winds last fall. I think I would like something with more beam asa
> > drift boat. I wonder if the Windsprint would be better for youralso
> > with a 4'6" beam as opposed to 3'7". The ends of that boat are
> > open for more seating. I love my Surf and you can see pictures in<marylandbeukers@>
> > Bolger 6 in the photo section.
> > Loy
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "marylandbeukers"
> > wrote:Would
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Can anyone tell me the weight and/or displacement of
> Bolger's "Surf"
> > > design? Some other related questions: Is it cartop-able?
> > > recommend it as a calm river drift boat for a family of four
> (incl. two
> > > kids - each weighing less than fifty pounds)? Do I absolutely
> have to
> > > have the fore and aft compartments covered? Or can I use them
> > > sitting space? Any other pros and cons about the design would
> > > helpful.
> > >
> > > Thanks much!
> > > FB
> > >
- The one thing that has only been touched on here. With a small bore motor they don t like to be lugged at all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keepMessage 36 of 36 , Apr 4, 2007View SourceThe one thing that has only been touched on here. With
a small bore motor they don't like to be lugged at
all. They make their power at high RPM. So to keep
them from over heating, keep them spun up so they can
make the power needed. In short down shift as soon as
the RPMs start to fall off on the hills.
I have towed with a 64 VW Baja Bug and 74 VW Bus and
they did the job asked of them. My 79 Toyota 4x4 does
all I ask of it and then some and it's a 2.3L motor.
You also have to learn to plan well ahead of yourself
all the time you are moving. Enjoy the time you have
when you can.
--- timbo@... wrote:
> I certainly wouldn't portray my old Geo as the____________________________________________________________________________________
> ultimate towing machine.
> And I purposefully purchased my powerboat because it
> is exactly the right
> size to hold my kids and still be reasonably towed
> with my car.
> Certainly the larger the vehicle, the less it is
> affected by the weight of
> the trailer.
> What I hoped to accomplish was to provide an example
> of what is doable,
> not what is optimal. The original poster is
> wondering if he can budget
> for a $250 trailer, and I'm guessing he can't
> entertain purchasing a
> different vehicle just to tow his boat for 10
> weekends in the summer. Is
> his Passat capable of safely and occasionally towing
> and launching any
> unballasted sailboat under 20 feet without
> destroying his drivetrain?
> Almost certainly.
> You are right, hills exacerbate the wear and tear
> that towing puts on a
> car, and I've certainly got no plans to pull my
> powerboat through the
> Rockies, but I'd be confident pulling it a couple
> hundred miles on a
> weekend excursion.
> Sometimes it seems that this whole "trailering"
> thing gets portrayed as
> some big scary deal, and it doesn't need to be.
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