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Old 15 September 2018, 03:23   #1
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I am thinking of buying a whaly plastic boat circa 3.7m long. The main use is for fishing on the lakes in the west of Ireland (large and small,). I also like the idea of using it on the sea instead of a sib. Has anyone any experience of these boats.

How stable are they?
Are they wet in chop?
Use as a family boat?
Power requirements to plane?

Any other thoughts welcome

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Old 15 September 2018, 05:18   #2
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I am thinking of buying a whaly plastic boat circa 3.7m long. The main use is for fishing on the lakes in the west of Ireland (large and small,). I also like the idea of using it on the sea instead of a sib. Has anyone any experience of these boats.



How stable are they?

Are they wet in chop?

Use as a family boat?

Power requirements to plane?



Any other thoughts welcome



Regards tsm


I donít have any experience of Whaly (and IIRC only one member here has previously posted about trying them) but I do have experience on FunYak their direct competitor. Stevie Bill can also comment on his FunYak experiences and there is at least one other member who has owned one, along with a good handful of people here who have been on mine or seen it along side sibs etc. I have no reason to believe that the Whaly would be a fundamentally different experience for a similar design.

So here goes for the FunYak 3.90 (sometimes marketed as the FunYak Sparfel):

Stability - very. Every bit as stable as a SIB or RIB of similar size. To capsize one you would have to try very hard.
Wet - yes. I think they are sensitive to trim and am convinced if you had power trim you could make them much drier by adapting to the conditions. I think it will depend also on console v tiller and weight distribution.
Family boat - obviously seat configuration has a lot to do with that, so Whaly may be different there. Iíve used mine from two adults and a toddler to now two adults a 14 y old and 10 y old. Itís starting to get a bit cosy now but I did rerig it a few years back with a jockey seat which is a great improvement but less space efficient. Tiller steer bench layouts would fit six in relative comfort on niceish days.
Power - sheíll plane easily with 20hp (2 Stoke) she is quite heavy even empty, but has a more efficient hull than a similar sized sib. Even with all four of us, a heavy jockey seat, 50L of fuel and the gubbins that goes with a day trip from the mainland to Jura she planes ok and got to >18 knots (with a less than perfect prop). With a load of extra stuff - like a 30kg kayak, a 11kg paddle board, and other assorted stuff she was struggling to get to 15 knots but that was to be expected. One up and lightly loaded with a brand new prop shell do 22 knots. Sheís rated to take 30hp, and with the family now having grown I do wonder if that would be better, although I think PTT would be higher up my wish list than simply more horses.

She is pretty much invincible. Both kids have driven it into pontoons in ways that would make rib owners wince. Iím relatively relaxed about leaving it on beaches.

If you are going to be over in Scotland at all you are welcome to come for a try.
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Old 15 September 2018, 06:44   #3
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Oh, and one criticism of HDPE rotomolded boats in general - attaching anything to the hull is ďchallengingĒ. The material doesnít like to be glued, self tappers slip over time, you often canít access the other side to use bolts, if you drill/screw too far you risk the watertight integrity. It can be overcome but if you plan to modify itís worth considering.
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I second all that poly has said, and would add my two pennorth: if your lake fishing is fly/on the drift, you will need a decent drogue because the polyboats are much shallower than conventional loch craft, so skim along sideways in any sort of breeze... The drogue is essential for reasonable drift speed... Not so critical for sea fishing where a fast drift is OK. Most of my trips have been sea, but have enjoyed several loch trips as well.
My 20 four stroke pushes a good 20 knots plus but would be faster still if it was mounted at the right height. For some reason my boat suffered very serious transom overflow at speed until I fitted a booster bar to raise it two inches, and it is still quite plashy in the wake.
Feels extremely solid and stable in the water, and extremely forgiving of occasional idiocy like powering down a wave into the face of the next oncoming breaker... Great fun if you're expecting it, and very reassuring when it happens because you're asleep at the helm yet still afloat and alive!
Any attachments are a pita, well nuts work if well sikaflexed in place but it may be a potential leak point.... The poly benches are a total pita after two or three hours, a piece of memory foam is an essential accessory!
Despite one or two teething issues, I have no regrets, and would buy again if in the market... Which I won't be for a long long time because the material is virtually immortal, a huge advantage over any inflatable!..
Hope this helps your decision.
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Oh... And the outfit is heavy, so really needs a decent slip for launch and recovery. You might be willing to sling it down a cliff to launch, as they in some of the poly boat vids online, but I value my motor and electronics too much to risk it!
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That fleabag outfit seems overpriced, unless there are significant extras the seller hasn't mentioned. A brand new set up wouldn't be much more!
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That fleabag outfit seems overpriced, unless there are significant extras the seller hasn't mentioned. A brand new set up wouldn't be much more!
Aw, damn, I got my hopes up I had a never depreciating boat!
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