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  • David Jost
    A similar offer goes for anyone within driving distance of Central Massachusetts. If you would like to try a Diablo or Pointy Skiff. Drop a line. David JOst
    Message 1 of 19 , Jul 31, 2000
      A similar offer goes for anyone within driving distance of Central
      Massachusetts. If you would like to try a Diablo or Pointy Skiff.
      Drop a line.

      David JOst
      "molding away in a damp Boston"

      --- In bolger@egroups.com, "curtis betts" <curtis@f...> wrote:
      > I recently bought an old Diablo. Exterior sheathed in glass
      > (polyester), seems good except for closed bow compartment and knee
      > rotted out, transom pulling away from the knee.
      >
      > Dislikes about Diablo: High bow blows around a lot, holds a lot of
      > rainwater, mine has minimal flotation. Has anybody tried alternate
      > interior layouts? Perhaps closed fore-and-aft benches, canted to
      > shed rain out of scuppers? With soda-bottle flotation?
      >
      > > I would get a long handled tiller extension and sit on the center
      > > thwart to steer the boat
      > The rear thwart is pretty well forward, Straddling it does well
      with
      > most loads.
      >
      > > I think the boat runs best with about 50 lbs of gear in the bow.
      I
      > > use a small child (son).
      > I use a daughter. She thought it was great when, running flat out,
      I
      > let go of the tiller for a second. Tiller went hard a-port,
      pushing
      > Diablo right over onto the chine, not a bit further. Unnerving,
      but
      > I now have tremendous confidence in the boat.
      >
      > > The best run I have had was with the entire family and dog. That
      > > would be with about 500 lbs of gear and family for an outing in
      > > Chatham. The boat handles the 1-3 foot chop fine with a load
      such
      > as this.
      >
      > > I currently am using a 10hp Johnson ls motor that is sufficient
      for
      > > my uses. I think a 15 hp is perfect.
      >
      > An old 15hp short shaft is great with a light load, but slows down
      > quite a bit when you get over 6-800 lbs. The short shaft sometimes
      > grabs at air in sharp turns.
      >
      > However, it gets old switching the 15 back and forth with the
      > Skimmer. Hard to get Skimmer up on a plane with an 8hp (I weigh
      > 200+), but goes OK once started. A few miles of chop can get
      pretty
      > tiring with either motor.
      >
      > If anyone would like to try out a Diablo or Skimmer in mid-coast
      > Maine, let me know.
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