- 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.
"molding away in a damp Boston"
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "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
> most loads.
> > I think the boat runs best with about 50 lbs of gear in the bow.
> > use a small child (son).
> I use a daughter. She thought it was great when, running flat out,
> let go of the tiller for a second. Tiller went hard a-port,
> Diablo right over onto the chine, not a bit further. Unnerving,
> 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
> as this.
> > I currently am using a 10hp Johnson ls motor that is sufficient
> > 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
> tiring with either motor.
> If anyone would like to try out a Diablo or Skimmer in mid-coast
> Maine, let me know.