Love the blue hull!This is our sailor's powerboat in her native Maine waters. When we found her, she had the same name and much the same interior look as our last sailboat. It was a natural fit.
Ahh MOLLY BAN... she's been for sale for quite some time, no? Not as light as Bob's version but extant and available.
I saw Retro for the first time last summer at Lopez Island and chatted with the owners for a bit. Very spartan and not for everyone but it's both unique and special.
I looked at these a year or so ago but about $5k each put them out of range for me. If they really are the bees knees I’d consider it, but it seems very risky - making sure you get the right prob could be an expensive iterative process for my little boat...I've seen it. I don't pretend to understand how it works in depth (other than "tip vortices bad")
Mobius propellers scare me a bit. View attachment 479228
Testing it against a 14.75x15 and 15x15 is great but were those the best props for the boat? I'm not so sure. Were the conventional props deliberately underpropped? (they all reached top engine RPM) Would a 4 blade been better for getting on plane (probably). The test reads like an advertorial.
My 5,000 lb I/O won't run at 16 knots, 22 is more like the minimum. It's just too heavy to be planing efficiently at that speed. My next boat will be lighter because I like 16 knots a lot better than 22-30.Depends on the boat. That's about the slowest my Twin Vee will plane. It likes to go 20 knots. It doesn't really like any other speed.
My 'toon boat will go 16 with the throttle wide open, but isn't happy. It seems to like to go 12, less in chop.