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Old 26 January 2015, 14:53   #11
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I have owned more than a few trucks in my day. Sold my K2500 Suburban with a 496ci, 8.1L when I bought my Prius as I just didn't drive it anymore. That was when gas prices were around $4.00 a gallon.

Someone took this photo years ago at Lake Sonoma and posted it on the web. I get more looks than you could believe towing, along with photos while driving. Yesterday my partner heard "I gotta watch this Prius recover their boat". Fortunately we were very smooth and the trailer was in the water for less than a minute (Yes I used my trailer for recovering as it was fresh water and I was lazy). Also get great fuel economy and I would gladly take a bet I could out stop said F150 any day of the week! (I have ZR rated tires on my little car from a Scion FZR. I have had Scion TC tire/wheels in the past.) It comes down to weight vs traction. I win hands down!



I am cautious though and will not go over the vehicle limits. It has lived a hard life for the last 140K, and although an SR4 is only 200lbs heavier or so, that is getting to be a little too much. Our Prius C is strictly used for diving when we don't have the boat along. Many of my dive buddies have tow vehicles though so we can often just use their vehicles.
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Old 26 January 2015, 16:07   #12
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Was this you? The boat is just slightly bigger :-)

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Old 26 January 2015, 16:36   #13
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I would consider that boat pushing it in the Bay Area due to our hills. It is pretty flat where they are doing their boating. Still heavier than I would recommend.
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ba_fisher, any new thoughts after the boat show? I think I only saw 3 or 4 ribs there. Fancy white ones

Peter, how far have you towed the SIB with the Prius?
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Old 26 January 2015, 21:36   #15
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Still not sure yet. When buying a boat, I need to think about the words 'practical', 'economical' and 'safety'. That makes it much harder that, say, buying a sports car.

I am actually astounded by the amount of data that I have gathered about boats, and the number of dealers/sellers that I have spoken to.

Anyway, I will probably end up having a boat by April 1, when the rockcod season opens.
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Peter, how far have you towed the SIB with the Prius?
Quite a bit, but nothing compared to what I have towed in the past, and I have never calculated miles. Many dive trips to Monterey and Mendocino though.

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Anyway, I will probably end up having a boat by April 1, when the rockcod season opens.
The Sacramento boat show in March will be 10 times larger than the tiny SF boat show this year.

Are you set on new now?
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The Sacramento boat show in March will be 10 times larger than the tiny SF boat show this year.

Are you set on new now?
You're making me wait longer. I can't take this anymore!

I am leaning heavily towards new now. If all things line up I will order a boat in a few days.
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What are you thinking of getting?

Myself I am all about letting someone else take the initial loss, then buy their boat with 100 hours, in as new condition, for $10K less than they paid for it
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I am thinking of getting a red Inmar 470R:

470R-DR (15'5") Dive / Rescue Series (Rigid Hull) Inflatable Boat w/ Suzuki 40hp

Probably will upgrade to the max motor at 60hp.

Their price is like a used Zodiac of the same size, so I am willing to give that a try.

I have a little knowledge about depreciation myself, but I have given up on sports cars now and am happily driving a Honda Odyssey :-) Whatever I will lose on a new 15ft RIB will be far better than I did with cars.
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Glad to see you stepping up to a nice RIB that will be far safer fishing out in the ocean.

Owning a 40hp motor, I would definitely recommend more power with a boat that size too. At least a 50hp, but will never try to talk someone out of max horse power.

Set aside some funds for a nice chartplotter/sonar unit ($700+ after all you want to find the fish don't you?), lifejackets ($100+ for each person), and DSC equipped radio(s) ($450 for the fixed and $160 or so for a handheld attached to you). Of course a PLB like a Resqlink+ is a great safety item and they are around $250. Hopefully you already have all your expensive fishing gear
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