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Old 15 July 2013, 15:18   #11
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I run 4 Logic Marine (also known as Triumph) 17ft dories as hire boats (RYA Powerboat Training Courses) and frankly they are pretty amazing boats. They are worked really hard and are pretty much indestructable. (search triumph or logic boats and watch them welly them with sledgehammers and tow them around behind a truck but not on a trailer!!) We have 15Hp on the back but they are rated to 90Hp which i think would be pretty scarey. We haven't had much issue with fittings and have never used the moulding materials/tools we have to fix them. Depending on the 'job' they can be a really good option

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Old 15 July 2013, 16:34   #12
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Old 15 July 2013, 17:11   #13
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if you search my posts you will find some that list the main rib style rotomolded boats (as at a few years ago). As paul says they certainly fill a particular use when you want low maintenance / robust etc. i also wrote a long pm or email to someone a while back that i can probably unearth if you are serious.

jky rightly mentions that fixing things to PE hulls is different from normal although good suppliers should be able to advise the best options (nothing factory fitted has come loose on mine, and I've had more issues with cheap 'not really stainless' screws than anything i have fitted.

if you are in Scotland at all feel free to drop me a line and you can take mine out to see if it does what you want. It has bench seats (only option at the time) but a jockey variation is not available.
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Old 15 July 2013, 19:09   #14
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Old 16 July 2013, 06:51   #15
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I had rented a 4.8? Polycraft a few years ago on the Great Barrier Reef. Pretty indestructible apparently but it was strange watching the floor flex like on a SIB.

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Old 16 July 2013, 07:03   #16
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Plenty of examples of sit on top kayaks having gear added, hatches, fish finders, rod holders etc. may not have the same forces applied to having a ski pole added though.
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Does anyone know if the Whaly 370 or 435 are self draining? Does anyone have any experience of them?
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Looking at a picture of the 270 it looks like there is a through transom bung simillar to the FunYak. When underway you can pull it out and it should drain. They are only about 1" diameter so they do get clogged with sh1t. Think minature elephant trunk. BUT an elephant trunk can be raised while on the plain with a string from the console. Much harder to get bung in when underway and as soon as you stop and move to the stern to fit it you push the back down and it floods a wee bit....

Poly has a bilge pump fitted.
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Ashton, to be genuinely self draining the internal deck would need to be above the water line at rest, fully loaded (with engine on etc). I think that is unlikely (based on my Funyak and most ribs). Looking at the pics online it appears the whaly has a (approx) 25 mm drain plug in the centre of the transom. The funyak is similar (as are many smaller ribs/sibs) and if you remove the bung once moving (ideally) on the plane then the boat drains really quickly - although the Funyak drain is a bit bigger (40mm?); [I've stuffed properly once and 12"+ of water drained in probably 90 seconds - and I had come off the plane whilst I recomposed myself!]. I have added a small bilge pump for use when not moving (although actually its more useful when I am moving in some waves and don't want to go back and remove the bung).

I think with the transom design on both the whaly and funyak you couldn't add elephant trunks easily - as you would need to cut through the hull (and reseal it) not just the solid part of the transom to get them at the level you want. You could probably add something like the duckbill or ping pong ball type self bailing valve - but they aren't renowned for sealing properly.
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Thanks Poly,

Im looking for something that i can leave on a swinging mooring without it filling up! I believe the Pioner Multi fills to just below the false ply deck with the bung out. We have a Rigiflex Cap 400 (Great durable boat), however its difficult to remove the bung when you get out to the boat on a swinging mooring.
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