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SuburbanBoy posted 06-27-2001 02:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for SuburbanBoy   Send Email to SuburbanBoy  
While looking for information on another topic, I ran accross this Whaler reference on the Honda Marine website.

"The Small Boston Whalers are unsinkable, and we feel the Honda outboard motors are by far the most reliable and fuel efficient outboards available. Also, they're quiet, which is important when running 5-6 hours at a time. Of course, we have to use good weather windows when making the passages." Galen & Knut

This is a promo for an long distance trip with the longest open water crossing of 100 miles (in a Whaler powered by Honda).

See the following url:
http://www.honda-marine.com/trip.htm

I also see a potential trend beginning in the "Jet Ski" type of boat. That is, the use of high output, water cooled, fuel injected, 4-cycle motors. 150hp, 4 cylinder power plants (crankshaft) weigh in at about 170 lbs. I am quite sure we are at the edge of a new era of marine power plants. The newest releases will attempt to get the "lead" out. Reduced weight will remove one of the reasons to continue to power with 2-cycle motors. But, the hardest nut to crack will be cost. I also expect the suppliers lagging on R&D to begin the mud slinging, and attempt to buy time for their engineering groups to catch up, or perhaps, for their lawyers to cut a badge engineering deal. It is going to get interesting. One thing is certain, our Whaler hulls are up to the task. Bring em on!

Georgian Bay Boater posted 06-27-2001 02:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Georgian Bay Boater  Send Email to Georgian Bay Boater     
Here is the link for the full story.

http://www.bradentonherald.com/content/bradenton/2001/06/26/local/26VINCOL.htm

Bigshot posted 06-27-2001 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Great, I live in a town filled with 58 year old idiots.
Georgian Bay Boater posted 06-27-2001 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Georgian Bay Boater  Send Email to Georgian Bay Boater     
If they were taking any other make of boat, your town would be three 58 year old idiots fewer!
Bigshot posted 06-27-2001 04:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Sailed the Grenadines(only way to hop to S.A.)and it is constantly 8-10 foot swells and 15kt winds. called the trade winds I believe and they blow 365 a year. Would not want to be in a 13'. Was in a 15' cause i missed the Ferry to St Vincent and lets just say they better bring lots of Ziplock bags.
SuburbanBoy posted 06-28-2001 12:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for SuburbanBoy  Send Email to SuburbanBoy     
Given that they will probably sell their Whalers upon arrival in Venezuela, will they have any collector appeal on eBay? (Assuming they make it!) Or will they end up shuttling workers to some offshore rig near the Venezuelan coast line? Think they will make it?
wpr posted 06-28-2001 07:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for wpr    
They'll make it. The boat will always take more than the captain will.

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