Re: Work Skiff launched
- The work skiff was to replace the Diablo that rotted out. If you build a Diablo, I would recommend using excellent plywood for the bottom piece at least, and glassing that portion inside and out. Rot anywhere else could be cut out and fixed in the 1/4" panels.
Diablo is an instant build, and a lot cheaper; particularly if you go with cheap plywood. It does blow around a bit due to it's light weight, but at the same time is easier to move around the yard and at the landing. Diablo gives a lot of bang for the buck.
For fishing, go with the Clam skiff. Although we did catch quite a few Bluefish, Bass, Fluke, and trout in the Diablo.
--- In email@example.com, "otter55806" <otter55806@...> wrote:
> Looks great and thanks for the report! I'm in the process of trying to decide weather to build a clamskiff or a diablo. Like the initial stability of the clamskiff, but also like the secondary stability of the diablo. Is there anyone here who has operated both in not so great conditions?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dnjost" <davidjost@> wrote:
> > Photos to follow. But, a quick report.
> > I put a 9.9 hp on the 18' boat and am pleased to report an honest 15mph with myself on board. We have local lake horsepower restrictions so this is at the limit of what I can do locally. I will look for a 25hp for the ocean stuff.
> > The boat is amazingly stable and does what Mr. Bolger designed it for, a nice stable platform for clamming, fishing, perhaps hand hauling pots (not my cup of tea). It is incredibly stable. In the second test run, I caught three largemouth bass one of which was a genuine old monster fish (location to remain hidden from prying eyes).
> > I am now taking time with positioning of rod holders, cup holders, extra cleats, storage containers in order to get the boat as close to customized as possible while keeping it simple. From trailer to boating and back again takes no more than 5 minutes.
> > David