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Old 30 January 2015, 18:55   #11
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As long as you don't take it out of the harbor, you should be fine.
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Old 30 January 2015, 18:55   #12
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$200 LOL you can get a transducer. Plan on a minimum of $600, IF you want to be able to go outside the gate and know where the rocks that have sunk many ships are. Blue Charts of some kind are needed in case the fog rolls in, so you can avoid the shipping channel and keep closer to shore without meeting it in a fog bank. Conditions can change VERY quickly.

The cooler seat looks okay. What about mounting a folding seat somewhere?
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Old 30 January 2015, 19:27   #13
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$200 LOL you can get a transducer. Plan on a minimum of $600, IF you want to be able to go outside the gate and know where the rocks that have sunk many ships are. Blue Charts of some kind are needed in case the fog rolls in, so you can avoid the shipping channel and keep closer to shore without meeting it in a fog bank. Conditions can change VERY quickly.
I will be launching in Santa Cruz. There's no commercial shipping there and probably (?) no rocks ...


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The cooler seat looks okay. What about mounting a folding seat somewhere?
Do you mean mounting a folding seat in addition to the cooler seat? I don't know if I have any space left for mounting anything permanent. I will probably put one more cooler next to the console and strap it down to the deck.

One thing I don't like about the design is the bow storage is way too long. What can I put in the space in front of the bow storage hatch?
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Old 30 January 2015, 19:43   #14
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You are ONLY going to go out of Santa Cruz? Never South Monterey Bay nor San Fran? I boat all over the Northern California coast, as touring around is half the fun of owning a portable boat. In fact I prefer the Sonoma/Mendocino Coasts for their remoteness. I can not imagine not having GPS around Monterey Bay as the fog sets in pretty thick there too. Been there...done that! Came back by GPS as the fog had settled low during our 40 minute dive. We Could see far enough to avoid other boats...but where is the launch ramp again?

Since you are also planning on boating mostly in the Pacific Ocean, I would strongly recommend a fix mount VHF with a tall antenna for yours and others communication. The DSC will tie into your GPS too so you can send and receive DSC calls, that will show you someone in distresses location. Many folks mount the antennas on the side of the console.

The bow doesn't leave much room open. Get the boat, your console installed, motor and all steering installed, then figure it out. You might be able to mount your tackle box somewhere up front. Or at least your safety kit/tool box. Where does the fuel tank go? Getting it out on the water will be telling and it will take more than a few trips to figure it all out.

FWIW no matter what the shop tells you, get at least 14-15ft of decent sized chain, and 300ft of 3 strand line for the anchor. You can choose the type of anchor but it should be a Danforth style, or a Bruce as they tend to hold the best on our coastal bottoms. If they even mention folding anchors...*sigh*

Hopefully you will come out to the San Fran Bay at least once as I would like to see your new toy in person
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Old 31 January 2015, 13:21   #16
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After countless back and forth and side tracks, I've finally ordered a Mercury Ocean Runner 430 RIB Hypalon. It's $3799 with free shipping plus $150 rebate.

430 Ocean Runner RIB 2014 Model White Hypalon Free Shipping - Solution One Maritime LLC

(Hull only, motor, rigging and chicks NOT included!)



I also ordered a trailer from Pacific Trailer in Newark. Sam over there is very helpful. The boat will be shipped from Wisconsin in a crate and would require a fork lift to unload. Sam agrees to unload the boat and set it up on the trailer with no additional cost.

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I will buy motor and other components and will start a build thread soon.

Thanks to everyone for your advice!

Nice boat bud enjoy the build
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Congrats, Fisher.

A friend had a Pacific trailer; served him well for a long time. Nice that they'll set it up for you, too.

There are rocks in SC. And Monterey, and anywhere else you'd go out of nearby. The west coast gets hit by waves driven by wind fetch from Japan; only hard stuff lasts very long.

Don't discount other places: As Pete said, Monterey, plus Moss Landing, Pillar Point (Half Moon Bay), SF Bay from many different ramps for fireworks or halibut; quite a few others.

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Did you get your boat together? I am looking at the same one
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Old 17 August 2015, 22:35   #19
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Yes, see this thread.

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Old 18 August 2015, 04:28   #20
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its a shame that a rib of that size is rated to such a low hp. i'm sure as time goes buy rib manufactures are loosing their balls!

avon SR4 rated to 50hp, even my tiny avon s3.45 rib is rated to 30hp (even though its got a 40 on it)! i know 4 strokes weigh more but a rib of that size should be rated to 60hp easy especially when it's gonna drag consoles, seating 4 or 5 people around and all the crap crew tend to bring too. with only 40hp it's gonna struggle a little.

still, it's a good looking boat and i hope it brings you alot of joy.
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