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Old 09-13-2017, 04:25 PM   #41
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Folks, please read his requirements again:

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I have very specific needs and I can't seem to find a boat that falls within the following criteria:

1) Available new from a builder
2) LOA of 20' or less (strict slip requirement)
3) Beam of 8' or less (strict slip requirement)
4) Can accommodate twin motor installation (a single is out of the question)
5) I can only consider a single / mono hull (no cats)...
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:01 AM   #42
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When you say you have a "slip", is it dry stacked or something like that? If you are launching from the beach, then I would assume that it has to be a dry stack. Or am I not picturing what you are talking about when you say you launch from the beach?
The boat is on a wet slip most of the time, which has the LOA and BOA restrictions above. This slip / marina leads to an estuary where a lot of our boating happens (cruising around, pulling kids on the tubes etc). There is a notorious inlet/outlet leading from the estuary which is how we get to sea – it basically replicates a surf launch scenario. On other occasions, I will actually tow the boat a few 100 miles down the coast and launch off the beach. For these reasons, a kicker motor is out of the question.
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It's not entirely clear to me that McKee is really back to making boats. Communication and details seem spotty. Good luck!
No response to my email or PM so its not looking good.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:53 AM   #44
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Ahh, that clears it up.

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The boat is on a wet slip most of the time, which has the LOA and BOA restrictions above. This slip / marina leads to an estuary where a lot of our boating happens (cruising around, pulling kids on the tubes etc). There is a notorious inlet/outlet leading from the estuary which is how we get to sea – it basically replicates a surf launch scenario. On other occasions, I will actually tow the boat a few 100 miles down the coast and launch off the beach. For these reasons, a kicker motor is out of the question.
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Just so you're aware, in the US the only common restriction on size is an 8'6" beam, which is the maximum allowed for towing on roads without special permits. (although many people get away with slightly wider boats anyway)

This may not be an issue in boats under 20' long, but it will explain why you see so many that go all the way up to that limit. Generally speaking, not many US users will run twin engines of less than 140 hp, so again - you won't find as much selection. Our twin-engine boats MOSTLY start at 26' but there are exceptions.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:08 AM   #46
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Thanks Flot! I have in fact noticed quite a few manufacturers offering 23-24' boats rigged with twins (Cobia 237, BW 23 etc). Sadly to big for me. I now understand why so many boats have a beam of 8' 6", so thanks for that info.
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I'm glad I don't have to plow through that kind of surf to get out to sea. Best of luck on your search.
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The boat is on a wet slip most of the time, which has the LOA and BOA restrictions above. This slip / marina leads to an estuary where a lot of our boating happens (cruising around, pulling kids on the tubes etc). There is a notorious inlet/outlet leading from the estuary which is how we get to sea – it basically replicates a surf launch scenario. On other occasions, I will actually tow the boat a few 100 miles down the coast and launch off the beach. For these reasons, a kicker motor is out of the question.
Where in South Africa are you? I was there (Richards Bay) a year ago this week. Although there for work, we did do some sightseeing over the weekend. It made an incredible impression on me.
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I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed our country! I live in Knysna, on the south coast - a beautiful place and well worth a visit if you should return to South Africa.
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