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Old 01-11-2019, 06:04 AM
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Solo Skiff looks great but it is only rated for 1 person.
Yes thats the whole idea. Its for those that dont want the expense, wheight, fuel use, etc of a larger boat. I carry mine in the 6 bed of my pickup. no trailer needed. Many times I have gone out with my wife. Having her sit on a bean bag up front. It doesnt quite plane with two people so it slows it down. The solo skiffs majic is in how it rises up and goes on plane with very little wetted hull using a small motor.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
Wonder if a Torqueedo would get that up on plane? (Torqueedo) About 3HP and about 1 hr runtime on each battery.
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:08 AM
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:19 AM
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Gheenoe is what I would get, Not sure what the minimum HP to plane is but I'm sure there are members on here that know. Gheenoe Manufacturing, Titusville, FL
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It was a new 4 stroke and whereI live on an island Im sure I had the wind and tide to my advantage, Do not even consider the Tohatsu/mercury/nissan they suck. Get a Suzuki.
I've had several of the 4/5/6 series of those and they are fine if you keep the carb clean and let it run dry if you're not going to be using it.

The big key to those though, is a high-thrust prop. They can't get up to their power band with the stock pitch prop unless you're running a really light load.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
Gheenoe is what I would get, Not sure what the minimum HP to plane is but I'm sure there are members on here that know. Gheenoe Manufacturing, Titusville, FL
Very heavy and non planing. I have a 16. A buddy has a solo and it does well.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
Yes thats the whole idea. Its for those that dont want the expense, wheight, fuel use, etc of a larger boat. I carry mine in the 6 bed of my pickup. no trailer needed. Many times I have gone out with my wife. Having her sit on a bean bag up front. It doesnt quite plane with two people so it slows it down. The solo skiffs majic is in how it rises up and goes on plane with very little wetted hull using a small motor.
My only concern would be if you were stopped by Coast Guard or Environmental Police with more than one person on the boat.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
It was a new 4 stroke and whereI live on an island Im sure I had the wind and tide to my advantage, Do not even consider the Tohatsu/mercury/nissan they suck. Get a Suzuki.
The engine is already bought and is a M3.5A2 Tohatsu 2-stroke. From what I've heard their 2-stroke 3.5 is bulletproof.

It only needs to hold 1 person, so the Solo sounds good. Where is the Solo made?
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the engine is already bought and is a m3.5a2 tohatsu 2-stroke. From what i've heard their 2-stroke 3.5 is bulletproof.

It only needs to hold 1 person, so the solo sounds good. Where is the solo made?
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by tunnles View Post
Boost the hp to 6 and then you talking planning !!
I used to make a small 7 foot clinker fiber glass dinghy and my son used to race around the shallows in it and it planed no problem !,
Funny there was never ever petrol in the mower !
He even learned to old art of syphoning petrol out of the cars and mixing his own oil !

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An inflatable keel is the key. Unless you're quite heavyweight yourself, 3.5hp two stroke gets it on the plane. My 10ft inflatable (inflatable keel with wooden deck) very nearly planed with 2.5hp. With 5 it flew - with the 9.8 I actually have on it, it bombs along very nicely.
Oddly enough, I've found it easier to plane a 10' inflatable with low HP than an 8' with the same motor.
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Oddly enough, I've found it easier to plane a 10' inflatable with low HP than an 8' with the same motor.
I think partly its the L:B ratio that helps that.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:10 PM
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Tracker makes a light 10' jonboat.
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Anyone here have any experience Martin outboards? I have a "40"(about 4 horse) it's almost 70 years old can y'all spot me the 1/2 horse? :D

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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
Wonder if a Torqueedo would get that up on plane? (Torqueedo) About 3HP and about 1 hr runtime on each battery.
No, I use the Torqeedo on the same boat which the 3.5 Merc will not plane. Definitely the Torqeedo is less HP than a 3.5 HP outboard. The run time depends on the speed. It can be considerably more than an hour--or less. Fortunately the GPS and current/battery state monitoring can give you an anticipated range. This seems to be reliable.
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Originally Posted by Fatbill View Post
The engine is already bought and is a M3.5A2 Tohatsu 2-stroke. From what I've heard their 2-stroke 3.5 is bulletproof.

It only needs to hold 1 person, so the Solo sounds good. Where is the Solo made?

Only one way to confirm the report in your 2nd sentence. What caliber do you have? Judging from previous threads there are plenty of "armed and dangerous" THT-ers who would generously be glad to help. Please upload the video!

From Soloskiff website:
"Solo Skiffs are manufactured under license agreement by Crescent Kayaks in Carrollton, GA."
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No, I use the Torqeedo on the same boat which the 3.5 Merc will not plane. Definitely the Torqeedo is less HP than a 3.5 HP outboard. The run time depends on the speed. It can be considerably more than an hour--or less. Fortunately the GPS and current/battery state monitoring can give you an anticipated range. This seems to be reliable.
Thanks for that. I was wondering since with a DC motor the Torqueedo should have a lot more torque at the lower RPMs to push something up on plane. Sounds like that doesn't apply. Nice to see/hear first-hand info.
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