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  1. 31 minutes ago, socalrider said:

    Yeah, that was just my attempt at a joke.  I have a 405, hence the Berret plug.  Frers did the First 42 and the 435 I think too as well as others.  But there's an astonishing range of really good Firsts in the 38-45' range from 1984-1989- might be the reason why there's not an obvious single iconic choice to put on the list.  Offhand, there's the 375, 38, 405 (all Berret), and 42, 435, 456 (all Frers).  So six models from 38-45' in five years.  

    the 305, 325 and 345 as well on the mid-size boats are all Jean Berret. First 305 is my ride. It really is a great racer/cruiser, and the design is fantastic (as long as you are 5'10" or shorter).

  2. 9 hours ago, socalrider said:

    I think he misspelled “Jean Berret”

    Frers designed some of the bigger Firsts of that era, no?

    Though, in my opinion an argument could be made to include one of the Jean Berret Firsts on this list. I certainly liked one enough to buy one.

  3. this list was fun, and got me clicking around Cruising World. Landed on Best Performance Cruiser (Bene 30.1). And I quote:

    “It’s a cool boat, a nice little starter boat for a family getting into the sport. At $160,000"

    Who plops down 160k just getting into the sport haha?

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  4. 16 minutes ago, dylan winter said:

    they put a lot of effort into the films

    it took a lot of time - they got 7 million views

    and provided a lot of people with a lot of entertainment

    maybe they should consider didabling comments on their videos - or maybe it is all just water under the bridge

    I don't disagree. I liked the channel enough to follow up and see what they were doing. I had unsubscribed along the way since they struck me as being a little arrogant and preachy - I am sure that didn't help the strong reactions down the road.

    As to 7 million views, I imagine the cute girl helped.

  5. 15 hours ago, Israel Hands said:

    At first I didn't think I'd like these millennials, but they seem like refreshingly real people

    I agree. One of the few channels I can relate to, and probably the only I still follow. I said hi to them down in Carriacou and they were really nice people. Also, they have put some real miles under their keel compared to other channels on the same time-line.

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  6. 19 hours ago, weightless said:

    And 40lbs might be enough for your job anyway.

    I suppose you'd need to add cabling, charging, maybe some coulomb counting or a volt meter, fusing, boxes and batteries. Despite the recall T do a good battery box. It's close to water tight but vented and might, possibly even contain a small fire -- at least they made an effort.

    this is interesting: https://www.amazon.com/MinnKota-Trolling-Motor-Power-Center/dp/B001PTHKMG?ref_=Oct_TopRatedC_3397951_1&pf_rd_p=263f5fd0-d31c-5a77-8d41-ffa269c30106&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-6&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=3397951&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=FZT5G65QYK9CM56MPW7E&pf_rd_r=FZT5G65QYK9CM56MPW7E&pf_rd_p=263f5fd0-d31c-5a77-8d41-ffa269c30106


  7. 2 minutes ago, weightless said:

    I don't particularly believe them but I think Torqeedo claim in a footnote that you need to multiply that by about 1.5 to get a number to compare with trolling motors.


    yeah, not sure I do either. But even so, going up to 60lbs is not very much more in trolling motor cost.

  8. 4 minutes ago, weightless said:

    I believe the much lower cost trolling motor is also a lot less powerful than the Torqeedo. It might be interesting price out a similar power trolling motor and battery.

    good point. I will definitely do more pricing. the torqueedo I was looking at was the Travel 503. That has 40 lbs thrust. 40 lb thrust trolling motors seem to go for about $175-225. That is a lot of play for battery, to get up to the $1700 for the Torqueedo 503.

    I am not sure if there is another measure of power I should be looking at. Efficiency is of course a different thing.

  9. 15 minutes ago, Panoramix said:

    On my dad's boat ( a 36 feet cruiser that spends most of its time in the english channel) there is a trolling motor powering the fully inflatable dinghy. It replaced a 2hp smelly outboard. It isn't as powerful as the gasoline engine but we still like it. We treat it as if we had a fairly athletic rower on board, that means using the currents and the winds to our advantage. The old gasoline engine is still in the basement so we could swap back but we don't as the lack of gas on board plus the reliability of the electric motor are more important to us than the raw power. 20 years ago we were used to getting onshore with paddles, nothing bad ever happened as we were (and still are) cautious but that's probably part of reason why we are fine with going in tides with a setup that many would consider underpowered

    thanks, Pano. This would be similar to our use. Making use of it when it is comfortable ad convenient, rather than plowing through big chop/current/winds. Basically to give us access to the curvy bits of coast that don't have a launch or water taxi service plopped in there (yet).

  10. 59 minutes ago, dylan winter said:

    If the torqeedo went over the side I would not replace it - too expensive at £1500

    If the bison went over the side I would buy another straight away. at £150

    The electrics have fundamentally changed my relationship with the estuary - but I still keep the smelly Honda and Tohatsu for the shit days when I might have to do long distances.

    So, my advice is to buy a cheapo 55lb thrust 12 volt trolling motor and two 50 amp hour batteries and change your life.

    Thanks, Dylan. Helpful as always. It is great to hear from someone that has had experience with both. My guess was the price of the torqueedo's and ilk was in the battery. While it seems like a convenient package, for our use the cost would be high. Meanwhile a low cost trolling motor opens up lots of battery options. I am sure I can find a lighterweight AGM or Lithium 12 volt that would work, as well as a convenient way to carry it. Seems like a decent way to save $1200, while still getting there (if a little slower).

    The fishers have been using these for some time, it's not new tech to them. I am sure there are options shopping on that side of the water.

  11. Time for a dumb question (sorry). I am looking for a motor for a very small dinghy, fully inflatable 7.5ft. Just enough to run us to shore and back when we are cruising. Figure with Torqueedo's I would want either the Travel 503 or Travel 1003.

    So now the question. I like the Torqueedo's in theory, but what is the benefit (in my "horespower" range) of going with a Torqueedo over an electric trolling motor with similar thrust? Is it simply the integrated battery? If so, does that warrant the price jump?

  12. On 4/19/2019 at 10:36 PM, Dilligaf0220 said:

    Sigh, divorced 46yr-old white men just get no love in the world these days.

    I am sure they feel they have that market locked.

    I get wanting young people (considering that is what the the 46 y/o divorced men probably want to see anyway). I am not sure why they want the liability of offering to minors though. On an ocean passage no less. Seems like a mess waiting to happen. But maybe that is what they are hoping for to become interesting again? 

  13. 32 minutes ago, dylan winter said:

    that was the reason I decided to stop paying for fast and furious 7 although I really enjoyed the first six films - great entertainment

    But the heck  should I cough up when Mr Diesel drives a better car than me


    No need to cough up anything, it will eventually stream for free on Netflix or Prime. Paying for those is a personal problem for whoever owns the account you use.


  14. 7 hours ago, nlmasopust said:

    Great article from SAIL about Delos.   No bikinis, no warm weather though.  ;)



    Delos is the real McCoy, that's for sure.  I don't care what anybody says. 

    I Love how Andy Schell calls his own charter boat company an "expedition yacht crew". That guy's ego is something else if you have ever listened to his podcast.

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