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Old 06-30-2008, 08:04 PM   #1
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Well, I went ahead and made the leap. I have now hit maximum storage capability (or the DW will have me commited). I bought the inflatable sport boat and added a 9.8 HP outboard motor. The boat was fairly easy to find a place to carry as it folds up real compact. But the motor was a different story. So this is what I came up with...



We had it out for the first time yesterday and took it to a little resivoir here by the campground. I was a little slow getting it together (about 30 minutes) as it was the first time we put it on the water. We were out for about 3-4 hours, and it was a total blast!!

It is an 11' Achilles High Pressure Floor Sport boat. There is just enough room for the DW and I, along with the dog, an ice chest, and misc boat stuff. We have loved the water for a long time, and I had owned a boat for many years before we took the leap to RV's about 10 years ago. We have visited many campgrounds with beautiful lakes or rivers nearby, but usually just watched from the shore. Not any more!

I will have to get someone to snap some pics when we are on the water to post here.

The DW says that I am about done for taking stuff on our adventure. I say "heck, who says you can't take it with you?"

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Well, I went ahead and made the leap. I have now hit maximum storage capability (or the DW will have me commited). I bought the inflatable sport boat and added a 9.8 HP outboard motor. The boat was fairly easy to find a place to carry as it folds up real compact. But the motor was a different story. So this is what I came up with...



We had it out for the first time yesterday and took it to a little resivoir here by the campground. I was a little slow getting it together (about 30 minutes) as it was the first time we put it on the water. We were out for about 3-4 hours, and it was a total blast!!

It is an 11' Achilles High Pressure Floor Sport boat. There is just enough room for the DW and I, along with the dog, an ice chest, and misc boat stuff. We have loved the water for a long time, and I had owned a boat for many years before we took the leap to RV's about 10 years ago. We have visited many campgrounds with beautiful lakes or rivers nearby, but usually just watched from the shore. Not any more!

I will have to get someone to snap some pics when we are on the water to post here.

The DW says that I am about done for taking stuff on our adventure. I say "heck, who says you can't take it with you?"

Sarge
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Old 06-30-2008, 08:29 PM   #3
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I showed the photo to my mother-in-law and told her that all of the newer models have them. I explained that they've been selling like hot-cakes since hurricane Katrina.

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Old 06-30-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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happy july... looks like you have the purrrrrfect outfit. i was a tohatsu service shop and dealer for tohatsu o/board motors until 5/07(retired). tohatsu builds the nissan and now all the small mercury 4 stroke motors. i have an 11'8" dynous/an 8hp nissan(upped to a 9.8). runs absolutly great. my only worry 'bout yours would be the security on the rear of your coach. a word of caution-if you lay the motor down-make sure the right side is UP. have fun- you have a great outfit.
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I'll bet that gets some comments going down the road.
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Is this a result of the cost of fuel?
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Yeah, I figure with a good tail wind, just crank that bad boy over and let that big propeller push me down the road!!

Thanks for the heads up Joe, what the pic doesn't show is a padlock on the transom screws as well as another cable and lock that wraps around the lower drive unit. That should discourage any casual thefts.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:49 AM   #8
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SargeW,

You would think it was April 1 instead of July 1.
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Old 07-01-2008, 05:24 AM   #9
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Interesting. I am curious about clearance of the toad when making a right turn?
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Thanks paz! Humor is one of the best parts of retired life!!
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Good question Joe. Acutally after this pic was taken I took the mount back to the welder for an adjustment. I was more concerned about heat off the radiator though. I had him move it 18" to the right to address the heat issue. The tow bar arms extend past the mount, not counting the additional foot or so that the tow bar extends when hooked up. Moving the mount to the right also added clearance.

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SargeW,

Joe had a good question. Also wondering what the ground clearance is from the bottom of the skeg? I've seen some awful dips getting in and out of fuel stations and would hate like heck for you to tear up your outboard. I suspect your motor is a short shaft.

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Another good question Jeff. The motor is a short shaft as you surmized. When mounted the bottom of the drive is above not only the tow bar, but also the frame of the tow bar that mounts to the MH frame. The pic shows the height of the drive with the air bags dumped and the coach lifted about 6" in the front on the pad. I wanted to keep it high enough to be clear of the ground but low enough to make it easy to lift off. It's only #80, but sitting up too high would have made it difficult.

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The cool part is that I can see the motor in the rear camera while I am going down the road.
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I like it. We have a 12 foot inflatable and a 15 horse Merc. stuffed in a bay. It would be nice to get the motor out of there. I would like to see the new set up.
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