Hi spartacus ..thanks for your comment, its appreciated ..I guess my modifications show what can be done when someone starts "thinking outside the box" ..if you pardon the pun.
Hi Locozodiac ..thanks for your comments, they are appreciated too.
I guess it depends what we use our boats for ..whether I have lost the front deck space or not ?
Here is a brief description of my usage ...
My family have long left , so 90% of the time..Im on my own in the boat..and I prefer that, as Im a bit of a lone wolf. I like my comforts so carry a lot of gear. I use the boat for day long excursions into the remote areas of Scotland. Ok ..I dont take the kitchen sink with me..but I do take aux outboards and all the safety gear..fishing gear .. BBQ gear etc.
Here is a photo of my first day in this boat..and I consider everything taken was essential. However it was all just thrown aboard as I was very impatient to try her out.
Now... in my opinion ... my modifications make a far more elegant solution and I want weight up front..so that I can have the main and aux engine dangling off the transom. So Im glad that I have gained the front deck space in this boat to store it all there..if that makes sense ?
Where do you store your gear ?
I also like disappearing into the wilderness on "camping trips" in my boats. Here is a photo of my "cabin cruiser"..where I have had many a good nights sleep. In the better weather ... I often give myself the challenge that I have to survive a week in the wilds .. without food..except for the fish that I catch. If I dont catch any fish..I sometimes eat the bait..and I hate shellfish. I usually crap like a seagull after these self imposed challenges though.
You may ask ...Why not camp on land ? But if you have ever spent a night ashore with Scottish midges..you will understand why I prefer sleeping over the water.
I do occasionally intend sleeping on board my SIB once I get a "tent" rigged on her..so again..I want everything ..up front.. then I have the main floor space for the camp bed.
Re the Avon.. its pumped up hard when I use it.. but its still too flexible for my 3.3 mariner outboard..the detachable outboard bracket start to detach itself from its mounts on the hypalon.... its just the nature of that little boat.
It has a hypalon floor with a 5mm piece of marine ply for the rear floor..it bends to your shape if you sit on it.... so there is no rigidity anywhere. I think if you got it rigid enough to put an outboard on it to make it plane..it would be too dangerous and directionally unstable for use.
However ... someone else may say its great fun with a 10 horse engine. Everyone has different ideas on the use of their boats..which is what makes us all different.