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Old 12 August 2013, 22:49   #51
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Sounds like a fun trip!!!

My keel does the exact same thing. I just make sure to pump it up before I take my boat out. I'm going to have my tubes latex sealed soon, which should solve the problem...

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Well came back from week long vacation. Motor didn't get stolen. 25 four stroke Zuk certainly proved adequate. In most cases my family except my oldest didn't want me to go past half throttle. Seems pretty economical. From coast went up about 8-10 miles on Alsea river, run aground on low tide in the bay coming back, bobbed around some high mountain lakes and even boated inside a volcano. Last one was fairly taxing on motor. At 7000 ft above sea level it took it some time to get boat on the plane. All of this less than single 6 gal tank. About 3/4 maybe.


Got a leak in a keel, have to pump it up daily. Need to work on seating for passengers. Maybe get some Zodiac benches. Need to raise that motor couple inches for sure. Lots of splashing on transom.
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Old 12 August 2013, 22:55   #52
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I'd be happy to take you out on my 470 with a 35 hp Evinrude. There is actually a 35 hp Johnson, with short shaft tiller, which I saw yesterday on Craigslist in North Portland.

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Well came back from week long vacation. Motor didn't get stolen. 25 four stroke Zuk certainly proved adequate. In most cases my family except my oldest didn't want me to go past half throttle. Seems pretty economical. From coast went up about 8-10 miles on Alsea river, run aground on low tide in the bay coming back, bobbed around some high mountain lakes and even boated inside a volcano. Last one was fairly taxing on motor. At 7000 ft above sea level it took it some time to get boat on the plane. All of this less than single 6 gal tank. About 3/4 maybe.


Got a leak in a keel, have to pump it up daily. Need to work on seating for passengers. Maybe get some Zodiac benches. Need to raise that motor couple inches for sure. Lots of splashing on transom.
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I'm leaning towards less (30 or 40 versus 60) If I can find it. There would be a few occasions where I would be heavily loaded but as long as its moving I'll be happy. I'm not a speed demon. Also seems like a rope start saves some weight. So you think the FC-470 could handle 270lbs without reinforcement? Seems like a lot.
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Old 12 August 2013, 23:05   #53
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Here is a 25 hp 4 stroke short shaft with tiller near Olympia, WA. Would be worth the drive to get it if 25 hp will do for you...

Suzuki 25 hp 4 stroke short shaft Outboard Motor


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Is this meant for a through bolt or a clamp on motor mount? Is there a security device for clamp mounts?
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Old 13 August 2013, 00:27   #54
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Sounds like a fun trip!!!

My keel does the exact same thing. I just make sure to pump it up before I take my boat out. I'm going to have my tubes latex sealed soon, which should solve the problem...
Mine had two patches. One was leaking. I replaced it other seemed old but ok. Either my first try at glueing hypalon didn't work or old one gave way. I'll work on raising motor soon I'll check
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Old 13 August 2013, 00:56   #55
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Beautiful photos, SIBrider! Thanks for sharing.
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F470, Here is a combo you could buy to get the motor and then sell the boat and trailer. Or even keep the trailer if it is better than what you have now...

Zodiac Boat W/30HP Johnson
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Old 13 August 2013, 10:54   #57
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Beautiful photos, SIBrider! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks. Boat certainly gives another degree of freedom you can't enjoy with other means of transportation.
Here is a vid of us going up Alsea river


We enjoyed finding nice landing spots not easily accessible otherwise. That's somewhere up on a mt lakes.

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F470, Here is a combo you could buy to get the motor and then sell the boat and trailer. Or even keep the trailer if it is better than what you have now...

Zodiac Boat W/30HP Johnson
That's not a bad deal even bunks are pretty much on the right spot. I built mine with dual levels though. Outside for main tubes and 3 1/2" lover inside for Futura tubes.
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Old 13 August 2013, 11:20   #59
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Great suggestion! I contacted him to see if he would part with the motor.

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Zodiac Boat W/30HP Johnson
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It sold. I found another Thompson locally but its only 20hp.
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