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Old 06-18-2012, 12:28 PM
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Default 1968 25' allmand

are there still any of you allmand owners still active on this site. i went to pick up a boat trailer. with a junky looking boat we where going to take it to the dump. because the name on the side of the boat said allma and we could not find any thing at all about it. last night i found the name plate and i was supprised to see what a good boat it is. and after looking at some pics and reading all your post it looks to me that the boat is not as junky as i first thought. but there are some things i need help with. if any of you are still around.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:59 PM
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let me ask some question as i am sure other off shore boat are similar. the info i got says that the draft is 32" and the weight is around 4500. we do most of our camping in the bay. i am wondering if i beach this boat so the kids can get off and play. (currently i have a bass boat with 85 hp outboard. i usualy push it off the shore then start the motor and go). as heavy as this boat is i wonder if i would be able to push it off. would the boat be able to pull its self off?

for the most part the bay we stay at is only 6 ft deep with spots that are 1 to 2 ft. has any one run a boat this size aground and would it even be posiable to get it off with out a tow.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:04 PM
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I have a 23 foot John Allmand and I will tell you they are heavy. Personally I like that about the boat. I don't trailer and I don't beach. Mine is IB/OB and I figure 36" for my draft with outdrive down. I would not run my 23 footer into 1-2 feet of water. If you are actually planning on running the boat aground in shallow water I wouldn't be considering a 25 foot Allmand especially an IB/OB version which I assume your probably is.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:11 PM
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LOL i would not want to run aground on one of reefs and i know where most of them are now lol i ran the bass boat and a sail boat u on them. but i was able to get them off. i am wondering more about easing it on to the chanl bank so the kids can play the back of the boat would be in about 4 foot of water but if i can in hard say to fight wind or current would it be likly to pull it off or is it just plane and simple a bad idea to use this boat in the bay to fish shallows. i should be able to stay in 2=3 foot of water to fish no problem. also would a 15 hp outbord be big enough to us as a kicker
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:34 PM
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I used my 23 Allmand in the bayous and gulf coast for 13 yrs...ran it aground in the mud more times than I care to admit. Many times we had to go overboard and push it out of the muck, sinking knee deep. Even with 3 guys pushing/pulling it was difficult due to the hydraulic suction.
I would always run it shallow in less than 2ft of water to get to the sand beaches at the barrier islands, especially after I went to an outboard on a bracket. What's the worse that could happen? We don't have rocks down here (just oysters and other shells to chew up props and keels) and the tidal range isn't too great.
The 23 Allmand was heavy and your 25 will be heavier, so you'll probably want to avoid doing what we did in the shallow bayous.
I did learn a valuable lesson I'll pass on: If the birds are standing in the water, it's too shallow to plane through!
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