Originally Posted by two stroke mick
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
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.