Zodiac Cherokee with Merc 60 4 stroke
Hey guys was on here a couple of times last year. Nice to see the finished product on Solos60 Cherokee. No doubt a lot of work.Looks good. A 70hp will move that boat to a nice speed.
The following info may be helpful to cbgimse or others.
I have a Merc 60hp 4 stroke on my boat and Using my GPS as a speed indicator I had it going 50kmh in Indian Arm. I will try to post a picture of the boat for those who want to see the configuration.
I have quite a bit of weight aft. Console is to the starboard side just back from midship. I have two captain seats on top of a storage box just forward of the motor. So between the motor,battery, stuff inside my storage box and passengers there can be quite a bit of weight.
I have (dolphin fins) on the leg of my Merc. With two people I pop right up on plane with little effort.
I have had 4 people in my boat and she still goes good on plane. I think that is because the the other two passengers are forward of the console thus balancing the boat. My fuel tank is a custom aluminum mounted just below the front bow hatch. I am not sure exactly how many Liters it holds cause I never have filled it from empty but it must be 40+ liters. The fuel tank forward also provides ballast and a better balance of the boat.
I really enjoy my Cherokee and have had it off the west coast of Van Isl a couple of times. Boat has been through Hole in the wall and through Arrin rapids when the tide is whistling through and huge whirl pools are opening all around. If you have been up the Johnson straight past Campbell River you will know the water I talk about. Last month crossed the straight of Georgia from Tswassen to Galliano Island no problem at all.
The down side of the boat is it is at Polaris inflatable right now due to a leak in the port tube at the bow. The leak is between the fiberglass and the tube. Very hard to get at. This is the second time Polaris is fixing. They fixed it once before three weeks prior then in the same spot I received air loss. The boat has been there for one week one day. I called to get a follow up but Bill did not return my call. He is a very nice guy,seems to do good work, and am sure they are busy but I am a little disappointed that I have not received a follow up call.
I know Solos had his tubes done there. Are you happy with the work they do at Polaris?
Anyone else have experience,good or bad, with Polaris in Langley?
Any other inflatable repair outfit they are happy with?
Finding a good inflatable boat repair person is paramount because sooner or later a leak is inevitable. Especially when you use it for fishing and have kids.
Looking for reliable,capable and competent repair person.Any suggestions?
Note: I do not rule out Polaris in Langley. I will see how they deal with my boat but it is good to have follow ups when needed. Cheers!