New Toy - Dory Wide Body

So a few months back, when planning a camping trip, I said to the wife that we needed a trailer to cart our stuff as the Ford Ranger has a holding capacity for about 4 days. She said 'Why dont we get a tinny then and put everything in that?' I knew I married well!

Anyhoo after a few months of dealing with plonkers and covid tax, I managed to get a 4.2m Dory wide body with a 25hp Merc 2 stroke on the back. It has spent around 18 years of its life living in a car port with a few crabbing trips along the way. Not very heavily used by any means.

The bloke wasnt a boatie and thankfully didnt drill any holes in it. His level of boating was that the rod holders were tied on with Galv wire......yeah.

So after a bit of work removing two decades of memories (shells and sand under the ribs), installing a cleat for the anchor and bolting in rod holders we took it out into Owen Anchorage for a float and run test. 

Very pleased that it floated (no leaks) and the motor ran without a glitch, well other than a couple of stalls as I clicked it into gear - that is an easy fix.

Now its time to refine it.

When underway, there is a huge amount of spray coming off the front of the leg that sprays up and out the sides. It soaked the rods and reels in the rod holder and a little bit of the spray ends up in the boat. Any ideas here?

Also, the motor pulls like a teenage boy! We will end up with left arms like Popeye. I have tightened up the friction on the motor to try to minimise it but i guess i need to twist the skeg.

The only other thing I can find that is 'wrong' with it is the winch post on the trailer. It is made on an angle (a manufacturing stuff up) so the winch is cranking up on a 5 degree angle causing the tape to fold over. Must have had the first day guy on the jig that day.

 

Looking forward to some camping trips

 

 

 

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Nice bus.

Mon, 2022-02-14 13:02

 Even better is letting your wife be skipper!. Thumbs up on your shirts, we've got a whole pile of em best thing since a wet box transducer.....:) 

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Wifey is more qualified than

Mon, 2022-02-14 14:45

Wifey is more qualified than me driving boats but generally she is snacktition. She drove us back from Coogee and up to the jetty yesterday.

My daughter has driven the bigger boat (18ft) back from GI up to the jetty at Woodies POint a few times. I just do the throttle. This boat has far too much pull on the tiller for the kids at this point. 

 

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 Re the shirts - I took

Mon, 2022-02-14 14:46

 Re the shirts - I took advantage of the Boxing day sale! Got the kids and wife one each. Very comfory and no longer advertising BCF...

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 Looks good mate! Should

Mon, 2022-02-14 14:03

 Looks good mate! Should provide you with a lot of fun. You can see the spray you mentioned but I'll leave it to the knowledgeable people on here to give you advice.

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Great little boats, a few

Mon, 2022-02-14 14:19

Great little boats, a few simple mods and life will be good. I love having a false floor up the front and is an easy install for storage, casting platform etc.
Maybe check the angle of the motor when it is fully down, skeg height to the hull, those kinds of simple things that may well be causing excess spray.
Looks like plenty of fun to be had.

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 depth of leg in water and

Mon, 2022-02-14 15:55

 depth of leg in water and the lil "skeg anode " is both reasons why they pull hard on tiller

cavitation palte shouild just be in water at full kettles planing

normally by raising motor it gets better

enjoy !

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 Well done on the purchase.

Mon, 2022-02-14 19:52

 Well done on the purchase. I'm sure you and the family will make a whole lot of memories.  

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 Nice Paul, reminds me of

Mon, 2022-02-14 20:59

 Nice Paul, reminds me of when my boys were young. One of the best pics I have of them is on the Dinghy on Moore river. 

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 When was that Andy? I spent

Tue, 2022-02-15 11:40

 When was that Andy? I spent a lot of my teens hooning around Moore River in dinghies!

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 At a guess Dave around

Tue, 2022-02-15 16:14

 At a guess Dave around 2004-5 

Farrrk no grey hair lol

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 Kids look similar age to

Tue, 2022-02-15 17:03

 Kids look similar age to mine Andy. I was around the river a bit in those years but the real fun was back in the 80's 

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 Ha ha I spent a lot of time

Tue, 2022-02-15 17:05

 Ha ha I spent a lot of time in Jurien during those years.

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 I spent a fair bit of time

Wed, 2022-02-16 11:01

 I spent a fair bit of time in Jurien but that was much later than you Andy. Haven't been back since my brother in law left. We used to do bloody well on demersals. He had a sounder from one of the pros who went to fish spanner carbs in QLD and there were so many good marks on it!

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 Same boat, Andy?

Tue, 2022-02-15 18:28

 Same boat, Andy?

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 It was a 4.2m Stacer with

Tue, 2022-02-15 18:37

 It was a 4.2m Stacer with 30HP Mariner. Cracking boat and never an issue with the motor, literally sold it for what I bought it for. 

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 Good size tinny. I had a

Tue, 2022-02-15 20:07

 Good size tinny. I had a 3.95 Ally craft previously and this is so much bigger.

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 A nice pick up & will be

Tue, 2022-02-15 15:52

 A nice pick up & will be great up at Ningaloo

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Spot on! Nice and light too.

Tue, 2022-02-15 18:26

Spot on! Nice and light too.

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Nice one Swomper...itching

Tue, 2022-02-15 17:19

Nice one Swomper...itching for the next trip north I bet.

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Did very well just to get

Wed, 2022-02-16 10:01

Did very well just to get your hands on one! Been looking for a nice size dinghy for a while but prices are still insane. Should be a nice lil tub for you

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 Got it for $6100 so a

Wed, 2022-02-16 19:47

 Got it for $6100 so a bargain in the market. It was advertised for 38 minutes before I snaffled it up

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 Very reasonable price Paul,

Wed, 2022-02-16 21:06

 Very reasonable price Paul, considering Covid tax.

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 Ironically I looked at this

Thu, 2022-02-17 20:34

 Ironically I looked at this one when the bloke selling the 8k one postponed me by a day....

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 Meant to be Paul!

Fri, 2022-02-18 11:10

 Meant to be Paul!