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Old 16 September 2012, 16:55   #1
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Hello from Juneau, AK

Hello, I'm Jimmy Brackett. I purchased a used Bombard c4 w/ two 25 ob motors. I look forward to reading through the forums & learning "how to's" for my new pride-n-joy. I'm 58 yoa. '78 ME Maritime grad w/ CG deck license AGT. Also, '87 MMA grad w/ CG engine license HP unlimited. For the past 20+ years I've been employed by the Alaska Marine Hwy Ferry Sys. You might say that I've made it a career out on the water. Fairs winds, following seas, & God Bless.
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Hello and welcome to RIBnet Jimmy , some prime grounds in you neck of the woods.
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Thanks for the welcome. I want to learn more about what I can do w/ my c4. When it comes to fishing, I suck! I can be sitting on a prime fishing spot & still couldn't catch a cold. What I hope to do w/ c4 is to explore/camp/whale-watch within 60 miles of home. Say, 150 miles round trip/range of home. For me, camping in the wild outdoors is fun. Tho, admittedly, the continuous rain here also sux!
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Tho, admittedly, the continuous rain here also sux!
....i know just how you feel

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When it comes to fishing, I suck!
Grenade and a net.


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Welcome !!!
Alaska, 1 of the most beautiful states, too bad the weather SUCKS !!!!
It's on my bucket list to visit. My fishing is terrible also, but I do it just to stay entertained.
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[QUOTE=jyasaki;488661]Grenade and a net.


Welcome to the forum;


W/ my luck, I'd fumble that too. & I don't mean the net.
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I confess. I've lived here 24 yrs. & the wx hasn't driven me out of the territory, YET! I've been blessed w/ a great job & beautiful place to live.
My job w/the ferry system takes me weekly throughout the SE AK panhandle down through the Inside Passage of Canada to Bellingham, WA. I get to see much in it's many varied majestic splendor.
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Range on a C4 IMO is about 10-12miles (each way). Maybe 15miles if you feel quite sheltered. They are nice boats, I had a C3 for a number of years. But if the weather goes to poo and there's even a bit of chop they are very wet and pound hard. The boat will survive, your kidney's maybe not.

Never seen one with twins on it. Do you have pictures?
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I confess. I've lived here 24 yrs. & the wx hasn't driven me out of the territory, YET! I've been blessed w/ a great job & beautiful place to live.
My job w/the ferry system takes me weekly throughout the SE AK panhandle down through the Inside Passage of Canada to Bellingham, WA. I get to see much in it's many varied majestic splendor.
I don't like anything under 55 degrees, and only tolerate that, don't "like" it.
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Captnjack--- thanks for sharing your experiences out in your RIB. I need to get out there & learn first hand for myself. Ooooops! The c4 is not a twin set up. One will be a spare. Hmmm! Interesting idea. Hadn't thought of it.
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Captnjack--- thanks for sharing your experiences out in your RIB. I need to get out there & learn first hand for myself. Ooooops! The c4 is not a twin set up. One will be a spare. Hmmm! Interesting idea. Hadn't thought of it.
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A C4 with a 25hp is slightly underpowered for diving use (my primary recreation), it wouldn't push the weight. For fishing with 2 people, I would guess in flat seas you'll be hitting 23-25kn or so with 25hp on a C4 - pretty respectable since the hull is only about 250lbs.

Will yours be rolled up every day or on a trailer? On my C3 a previous owner had bolted the keel together with aluminum plates. I could still take it apart with difficulty but the trailer was the best thing I bought. The solid keel on the Bombard's is a big help in choppy water but its still got a fabric bottom which tends to flex and oil can. Trimming the engine all the way down in rough water is a huge huge help. So as you play around with yours, finding a way to quickly and efficiently change trim at sea without dropping the trim pin in the ocena (assuming you don't have power trim) is a key piece of seakeeping in the C3s and 4s IMO.
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Thanks CaptnJack,
I thank you Sir. I appreciate & respect all that you share. I take it to heart, as "out on the water" is no place to have a bad day. As for storage of the c4, I do not ever plan to "deflate, fold-n-roll". This winter, I'm lucky, it'll be placed inside a buddy's heated storage unit, inflated & leaning against the wall. In the future it will be kept "blown-up", covered, & probably kept on a inexpensive "made in china" folding trailer. Unless, I break down & spend the extra $$ for a galv. trailer. Thanks again Cappy. Smooth seas to ye. --- Jimmy
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