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Thermocline posted 01-05-2002 03:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for Thermocline   Send Email to Thermocline  
I've been thinking about getting a Whaler to use as a chase boat when diving. Since my primary boat is a 30 ft Amberjack, there isn't really room to hoist one aboard. Can any of these be towed safely at 20-25 knots? I can always put an inflatable on davits, but I'd rather have a solid boat around.

Suggestions appreciated!

JBCornwell posted 01-05-2002 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy, Thermocline.

There is a Whaler 9' on ebay that I think would suit your purposes well. If you decide to bid on it, please Email me so we don't get into competition.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

LKS posted 01-05-2002 09:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
With the 9' I'd think that you could probably put davits on and swing it up on the Amberjack's swim platform. Have seen some hard tenders carried this way, andone had a small motor (15-15 hp, can't recall the make) that swiveled, so the owner could leave it on the transom; otherwise, you'd have to remove the engine prior to hoisting. We've got at 34' Sundancer and have thought about mounting davits for our 11'. The only problem is that we have a side console on the 11' and it's too difficult to remove the engine. Would double-check with Sea Ray about max. weight on swim platform, though, just to make sure. -- LKS
LKS posted 01-05-2002 09:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
Make that -- and one had a small motor (15-25 hp . . .
jimp posted 01-05-2002 10:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
Thermocline -

For years we towed a '63 13-ft Sport with 33 Johnson behind a 32' Chris Craft sportfisherman and 38' Post Sportfisher - all at 20-22 kts. Keep the boat behind the rooster tail, engine down, plug out (for short distances, plug-in). We towed with about 100' of 3/4" nylon three strand. Secure one end, with an eye, to an aft outboard cleat (ie. port side), the other end you thread through the bow eye and pull 50' through. Secure that to the starboard side. Now you're towing with a "bridle" and the Whaler will find its "spot" between the wakes, maybe a bit to one side or the other, but she'll equalize between them (sliding on the line through the bow eye). We towed from Long Island to Maine and back several times. IT takes minutes to set up. Just don't back down without tending the line...


Thermocline posted 01-06-2002 01:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Thermocline  Send Email to Thermocline     
The bridle approach sounds pretty good. I wouldn't have thought about leaving the engine down for this. I assume this allows just enough drag to keep it stable.

I'm leery about using the swim step to carry anything other than an inflatable. It just doesn't seem all that substantial.

I'm thinking that using a 13 would work better in the open ocean than the 9 ft tender. perhaps a bit more stable on tow than the 9 without being a lot more drag.

Thanks for your comments!

KeysNole posted 01-06-2002 02:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Thermocline, I'm not that familiar with a 30' Amberjack (is it similar to a Blackfin Combi?), but we mount an inflatable on the platform of our 41' SeaRay. The platform is wide enough to keep the boat almost vertical (leaning into the stern of course-just kind of hard to describe).

Like the others pointed out, I could see doing this with the 9', but anything bigger would be too heavy without a davit.

JB, how high will you go on that 9'? Don't see many of those around--the engine looks to be worth very little.

dfmcintyre posted 01-06-2002 08:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
We faced the same problem, during yearly cruises in the North Channel area of Ontario. Ended up with using just a inflatable, that while running on plane with our 25 Revenge, we just pulled in up over the transom, and strapped down over the engine cover. At anchor, we had a set of clips mounted on eh swim platform and inflat that allowed easy "docking" of the 12' inflatable.

It was too wide to just flip up onto the transom, like the larger yachts. We would store it that way if rain was predicted though.

Looked odd, a 12' inflatable on a 25' boat, but it worked.

Best - Don McIntyre

JBCornwell posted 01-06-2002 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Ahoy, Keysnole. I decided, reluctantly, that I need to finish the Outrage before adding more Whalers to the fleet.

That li'l Honda 2 should be worth $300-$350 (there is one on ebay bid at over $300 last time I looked at it), the trailer about $200. If one could get the package for under $1200 I would call it a fair investment.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

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