First off, I would like to thank you guys for contributing to this thread. As I said, I am looking for some guidance, and I’ll be the first to admit there is much to learn on my behalf; if I can learn from other peoples experience, all the better.
Back to the topic on hand.
I pretty much agree with everything jyasaki said. As for the consideration Bigtalljv brought up; of course. This is crucial. One of my plans , should I need to be flexible on fuel capacity given the limitations of the design/vessel, would be to incorporate multiple Kevlar lined fuel bladders in addition to the main tank (for example, I am looking into the larger bladders akin to those manufactured by Wing Collapsible Fuel Bags | WINGÂ® Inflatables
). Plus, the lightness of Aluminum should improve fuel efficiency.
What ShinyShoe mentions is something I dread, but I obviously what to position myself such, that if an unfortunate event were to occur, I could handle repairs with whatever equipment I carry. You guys may laugh at what I am about to say next, but I have fixed a cracked engine with JBWeld (JB Weld | World's Strongest Bond
) and continued to use it for a month until I returned to civilization. I figured that Aluminum mesh + JBWeld could potentially get me out of a bind, temporarily, at least. This stuff is the mechanical equivalent of duck tape, and I always carry a healthy amount of it with me. Then again, I may be full of shit. I have never tried to repair an Aluminum hull with it. Just stating where my mind gravitates towards when thinking of remote location jerry-rigged solutions.
As to whether Military spec Hypalon means anything, to be honest I do not know. I was quoting an e-mail exchange I had with the president of NAIAD RIBs (NAIAD RHIB Military, Commercial & Recreational Inflatable Boats
). I merely assumed that he meant extra material or perhaps additional rubber covering the tubes, so as to protect them from chafing when docking against old timber docks, splinters, nails, etc… I should inquire further… it may be something else altogether or nothing at all.
Finally, to answer captnjack: No I have not navigated in this part of the world at all. Frankly, I am scared shitless! How cool is that?! What does it take no days to make us pucker up and still have the balls to do it. On a more serious note, I am very careful and never execute anything in a reckless manner. Twins… I was afraid somebody would say that. I have read a lot about the currents up there, and fighting them is no trivial matter from what I can tell. As far as cabin goes, I am pretty much determined to making this happen without one, despite I fully recognize its usefulness. Your comment on the superiority of Aluminum when beaching rocky areas is VERY useful. Thanks for sharing.
I regret the extreamly long post, I didn’t want to bore everyone to death. Keep the info coming,