- I can do a measured mile in 5 minutes. With my 50lb weight (son) and
the 10 HP longshaft Johnson.
In reference to beefing up the transom on an Enterprise. The
Holt/Allen version in the 60's used a double sided fiberglass frame
that was only supported down the center by what used to be a 5" wide
mahogany strip that is inevitable soaked and rotten by now. I would
not put a motor on this boat. to go under a bridge with it I once
just released the forestay and then paddled under the bridge then
raised the mast again. This takes no more than 15 minutes.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "curtis betts" <curtis@f...> wrote:
> I don't know actual speeds, I'll have to set up a measured mile
> sometime, and get a watch.
> As noted previously, Diablo does well with a 15 short shaft.
> not scary, and smooth, forgiving handling. A bigger (20-25?) long
> shaft would be an improvement with a full crew or cargo. An 8 is
> hopeless. Diablo is a lot more stable than it feels. The narrow
> bottom makes it feel tender, and if two people stand on the
> it will heel right over onto the chine, but stop there.
> Skimmer is a fun toy. Not a real boat, too scary, and seems like
> will trip in a turn. Once up on a plane, 8 and 15 both rev right
> and I'd like to try faster props. The optimum motor is the one
> doesn't cost anything, and that you won't mind losing. Wear your
> I have the sense that it's riding not on the runners, which are
> 1.5" square and a bit worn, but on the bottom. Pounds a lot in
> small chop; perhaps bigger runners, or waterskis screwed on the
> existing ones?
> A lighter driver would be better; My daughter will be 5 next
> and I'll bet it will fly ;)
> Looking at the TNT (www.glen-l.com)gets me thinking Skimmer needs a
> seat, maybe a lawn chair and tiller extension. It's pretty
> uncomfortable as designed.
> --- In email@example.com, Jim Goeckermann <jim@s...> wrote:
> > Curtis,
> > I'd be interested in all that you have to say about both the
> Skimmer and
> > Diablo - especially the speds possible with given horsepower that
> you have
> > used. Does the skimmer end up being fun on calm water, and is it
> as stable
> > as ( reports of) the Diablo?
> > How wide are your skimmer runners? What would be the optimum
> for the
> > skimmer - to turn it into a poorman's TNT, if you know that