Buying a small boat advice
Buying a small boat advice
Well probably don’t ask on a bike forum!
However you’ll need to narrow down your spec:
– sailing / rowing / motor
– experience you have
– area you’ll be using it
– likely conditions you’ll go out in
– age of child(ren) and how long you want it to last
– where you will store it when not in use
– the amount of maintenance you plan
– is this a starter boat with plans to move up, a plan to get into serious sailing, or just a way of passing the time on a nice day at the water.
Essentially what you have done is the equivalent of going onto a boating forum and ask, “I’m thinking of buying a bike – and suggestions”
Don’t forget to buy appropriate lifejackets / bouyancy aids, and think about some training if you are new to the game.Posted 4 years ago
Can I carry on Thule bars?
Yes, but there are weight limits for both the bars and the roof of the car, obviously the lower of the two applies.
Get a mirror, they’ll go on most car roofs, and once you’re inevitably bored of rowing, you can sail it.
Don’t forget to buy appropriate lifejackets / bouyancy aids, and think about some training if you are new to the game.
+1Posted 4 years ago
What a wonderful idea hora ! Swallows and Amazons and all that.
Getting a solid (ie wood GRP) dinghy onto the roof of a car is a two adult job. Are you intending on taking it home each time you use it ?
An inflatable is much more straightforward and easy to inflate with electric pump driven from car electrics. These can also take a small motor if you go that way. There are plenty of choices as these are typically used by yachtsmen to get to/from their boats. I actually have an unused one in the garage which I bought but was never needed, email in profile.Posted 4 years ago
Life jackets would be essential partly in case anything happened to me as hora junior cant swim yet.
I’d maybe wait till he can, they’re a PITA to swim in even if you can swim, if you do at least take him swimming in a lake in it so he’s used to being in cold water wearing it so he can learn to roll himself onto his back.
Go on some training though, it’s like driving a car, but on the other side of the road, with the steering wheel reversed, no brakes, if you stop the throttle you lose steering and that’s before anything goes wrong!
Getting a solid (ie wood GRP) dinghy onto the roof of a car is a two adult job.
There’s a knack to it, boat behind car facing opposite direction, walk it up so it’s resting against the rear roof rack (getting the distance behind the car right so that you don’t actually touch the car), then just slide it forwards. I managed it for years as a paranoid teenager loading up my parents car!Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
Get an old Mirror Dinghy.
Thousands of them about, most were/are hand built, can carry a fat Dad and small child easily enough with minimal effort.
They are not fast, they are cheap, they float. They have sails and you can stick a Seagull Outboard on them if the transforms upto it.
Take a simple Dinghy lesson somewhere that will give you all the RYA essentials.
Learn to swim.
Be safe, think of others.Posted 4 years agogusamcMember
? inland – Canadian canoe – that’s roofable or an old topper dinghy – roofable, unsinkable and you can get 10 people on em, see if sailing club has an open day – they do where I am [*there are probably more modern equivs now – pico? ? topaz ???]
re nipper – give em some water confidence/experience first
windsurfer is roughly equiv to mtb in terms of fun etc (imho)Posted 4 years ago
Teach your boy to swim first.
Mirror dinghies are ace for what you want. Can be rowed, motored or sailed (the latter is what it is really designed for). My experience is they are not ace to row but ok. A ready to race boat will not have rowlock holes or an outboard patch so you would most likely want an older boat.
For goodness sake though please get some proper training before you take mini hora anywhere near the water. Even a small local ‘puddle’ can be incredibly dangerous if you dont know what you are doing.
Apologies if this seems a little direct but having survived a potentially fatal dinghy accident at 17 I have first hand experience of how quickly it can go very badly wrong.Posted 4 years ago
Iirc there is a maxi that belonged to him/that he was involved in currently sitting at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
Not heard that one, but it’s lost it’s keel in the Fastnet, hit a submarine and broke it’s moorings in scotland during a storm a couple of years and ended up on rocks. There’s bad luck then there’s cursed!Posted 4 years ago
Le Bon has done some pretty serious sailing. His yacht broke its keel in Fastnet and crew inc Le Bin were taken off by helicopter, you cannot blame the owner for a design/build flaw. He went on to compete the Whitbread round the world in the days wher eit was a mix of amateurs and pros.
@hora – this is the sort of thing I had in mind Linky and by the way I think you have the absolute correct strategy in introducing him to as many things as you can and seeing what he likes … good luckPosted 4 years agomudmuncherMember
I have a 12ft portabote which is a folding boat which is around 4″ thick when folded and easily fits on the roof of a car and can be handled by 1 person. They also do 8,10 and 14ft versions – very pleased with mine, will be selling my aluminium boat in due coarse which is a pain to store and launch.Posted 4 years agomakecoldplayhistoryMember
A Mirror* on a roof rack? The gunnels are too wide for normal bars and the min weight is ~50kg! They are excellent for everything from racing to rowing though.
Honestly, if it’s just a pootle on a river you want, go to your local yacht club and look for 2nd hand tenders.
*ex UK TeamPosted 4 years ago
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