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Old 27 July 2011, 11:00   #11
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If you have realistic expectations you won't be disappointed. I didn't buy my futura to ski behind it, but how could I resist? Once you get up in the 14 ft + range with something like a 40 hp outboard it does get hard to break down and pack up. But it isn't impossible. I need a hoist and a stand to handle my outboard, but I do break down the boat by myself. That said, my inflatable and outboard travel on a trailer and I don't pack them up very often. Your requirements for no trailer and portability don't really mesh well with towing and diving with friends offshore. Rather than working your friends to set up and breakdown everytime you might see if anyone will offer up a place to park the boat.

I keep looking at older ski boats (lots for sale recently), but I am in demand as a third, so I haven't bought a real comp boat of my own. Here in SD I ride behind an older and smaller ski nautique. I drive up to Canyon Lake near Elsinore to ride behind a Super Air Nautique and we ride at Marine Stadium in Long Beach behind a couple of different boats. I invested in the accessories (like my $600 adjustable release) so the more experienced foilers put up with me. $20 bucks for gas and a little boat maintenance work are a lot cheaper than shelling out for a comp boat of my own. If you ever want to try foiling PM me your phone number and I will try to get you out there. We occasionally suffer wakeboarders for a third...

I have seen a number of people wakeboard behind Rib's. You will get more wake out of the bigger RIB's for sure. The rear positioned outboard weighs the boat down pretty good. A rib with a good v hull shape will definitely handle the chop on the way out to dive spots better too. I would personally prefer a rib to dive and tow if storage isn't the primary consideration.

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Old 27 July 2011, 12:01   #12
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Thats rad man. I have always wanted to hit up Canyon Lake but its private so its not open to the public, to my understanding. I have never been foiling or kite boarding. I used to have a subscription to kite boarding magazine but never got into it. Foiling is just like kite surfing right?

I have wanted to take my boat in sal water but it is a freshwater boat and I don't know how I feel about it, especially since I am 10 mins away from the carlsbad lagoon. Technically its my dads boat since he bought it but I do everything on it like maintenance, storing, driving, washing etc but you know what I mean. We usually go to Lake Perris or El Capitan when we go ride. Were actually heading up to Big Bear on Friday for a little over a week for the fam vacation.

What do you mainly use your boat for? Diving, cruising, surfing?

And I would also prefer a RIB but I live in an apt complex right now and have one parking spot and my landlord wont allow a boat in the garage. I already pleaded with her. Even offered to pay more rent!
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Old 28 July 2011, 10:42   #13
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Sorry to hijack this thread; apologies in advance.

Peter;

Great seeing you on the water Sunday. Jeff fell in love with your friends boat (for the record, a 26' [I think] C-Dory cabin boat.)

Did you end up finding whales, or did you give up and decide to sit in the MotoGP traffic (like I did)?

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No problem, jky.

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John, thanks to you guys we found the whale watchers in the higher range on the VHF as you suggested. They called out the GPS coordinates, but not for whales, instead for Basking Sharks!! I had never seen one before, so we headed over to Point Pinos asap. There we stumbled upon a 20 footer spinning circles around feeding. Before long the whale boats departed and it was just us and a small sailboat wandering around. We stayed there for about an hour and a half, causing us to get stuck in the horrible traffic. A few short cuts with the GPS saved us probably 1.5 hours (Starting with staying on Del Monte Ave). I think the trick is to leave at about 3:40pm before the last race ends at 4:30pm. I would do it all over again for another experience like Sundays though, since we had a really nice dive too even though there was only 15' of vis our dive was full of fish life with some hydro coral.

We are heading out of Bodega Bay to go and do some whale watching hopefully this Saturday. The fisherman are reporting sightings continuously. Plus the conditions should be fairly calm @ 3-5NW with a 3S and 5-10kt winds. Gonna be relegated to our little Zodiac though

The boat is a 25' C-Dory and is a very very nice boat with full electronics. They sleep on it when staying in Monterey or Albion etc. Easily handles four divers, although hauling my HP130's, back onboard, with all the added weight is very hard, since I can't risk scratching the gel coat. My polarizer seems to have killed the beautiful green coloring.



Out over the trench we found a sea lion eating a mola mola. Pretty cool to watch life happening. I like this shot for the water spray, but I have others with the sea gulls participating.



I left Jim's head in to give a reference to size. Remember he is much closer to the camera lens than the shark. It was an awesome experience to be that close to the shark. At the time I took these photos I was driving the boat and the shark turned straight towards us from far away so I threw neutral and headed for the bow right as it passed within a couple of feet, before turning away.



These Egg Yolk Jellies are beautiful.


Of course for Monterey there is the obligatory Otter picture.
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Oh shit such wonderful pics! I warn my revenge will be frightening...octopus and cuttlefish and squids and things like that.
I thought moon fish was completely uneatable.
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Wow! great photos. I am jealous. I haven't even seen a basking shark, much less have one swim right under the boat like that. Thank you for sharing.
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John, thanks to you guys we found the whale watchers in the higher range on the VHF as you suggested. They called out the GPS coordinates, but not for whales, instead for Basking Sharks!!
You're killing me, Pete. I've never seen a basking shark either. Old-timers say they used to be all over around Central California, but I suspect they were hunted to near-extinction. I have heard reports every now and then, but always when I wasn't on the water. This one just sucks. You guys *could* have hopped on the VHF and let us know (of course, we may have been packed up by then...)




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Out over the trench we found a sea lion eating a mola mola. Pretty cool to watch life happening.
That one is pretty common; you'll see multiple bird groups waiting for scraps all over the Monterey Bay as the summer goes on. Sometimes as many as a dozen from a single point on the bay. Dive on the deeper pinnacles, and you stand a good chance of seeing molas in the water.


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... and me without my shotgun... I hate otters. Nasty little cute-and-fuzzy bastards.

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Oh shit such wonderful pics! I warn my revenge will be frightening...octopus and cuttlefish and squids and things like that.
Oooh. A threat. Do your worst.

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I thought moon fish was completely uneatable.
I've heard different opinions on Mola: some say the flesh is toxic (no further explanation though.) Some say the meat is textureless and is like eating mush. One idiot guy I met said he speared a large one, and gave it to a Filipino family he knew, who ate it.

Bottom line: Dunno.

The sea lions here seem to love them though, both as food and toys (they often rip the fins from the fish, toss them like frisbees for a bit, then let them sink to the bottom to be eaten alive by seastars. Dive a bit offshore of Monterey in late summer, and you're nearly guaranteed to see several finless Molas on the bottom.)

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