Car Topper Dingy

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 12, 2004 at 22:39
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I'm thinking of buying a 12' dingy and carrying it on the roof of my 75 series Landcruiser. My problem is that i'm worried about the weight placed on the car (suspension). Would I be better off going for a smaller 10' tinny or does it not make much difference? Would like to use the boat for fishing offshore and in rivers. And what would the minimum size outboard you would recommend.
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Reply By: snow - Saturday, Jun 12, 2004 at 23:01

Saturday, Jun 12, 2004 at 23:01
Hi Sneaky

i'd look at something like a Quintrex Fish Nipper (?) or similar at 12 odd foot. Stick a false floor in it and it'll weigh about 90 odd kg. Throw a 15 HP Black Anchor (Mercury) on the back and Bob's your uncle. Rip the motor off and she's light enough to push up on your roller racks alone.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 07:50

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 07:50
Having done what you are doing with a troopy years ago I'd get the 12' and a 15 hp as a minimum. I tried a 10' and 10hp, no where big enough especially up north, we couldn't go upstream against the tide on the alligator, never mind that the crunchitalls were bigger than the boat.
Even with the Savage 12' and a 15hp the ocean and some of the rivers are still big places. With 4 people on board running along the coast it was touch and go against the current.
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Reply By: Leroy - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 09:24

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 09:24
I bought a stacer 3.50 seasprite and was very happy with the hull. From memory it weighs around 74kg. I also bought a 15hp Merc. the American one with all controls on the tiller not the cheaper rebadged tohatsu. Also very happy with the motor. Performed well. When deciding I wanted the largest lights boat that 2 could handle that has high sides.

Leroy
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Reply By: Jimbo - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 12:29

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 12:29
Have you thought of a "Porta Boat". Folds flat and only weighs about 30 kg. Available in 13' 4". No idea how well they work but the bloke who sells them tells me he take his out through the Sydney Heads. Also only need 8hp.

Jim.
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Reply By: DenisL - Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 17:39

Sunday, Jun 13, 2004 at 17:39
Sneaky,
Beware all is not rosey in small boats. Make sure 2 can be comfortable. Look where the front seat is so that your passenger can sit facing forward. Get a front like a half punt half normal. the boat is a lot more stable with twoX 80kg bodies. High sides are a must. Glue carpet bottom of boat to keep weightwwight downipi,. Carpet the nose part as your passenger loves to sit there. Get an esky and weld a base to fit. Make sure it has at least two large drain plugs. Get two plakky folding seats that slide off a fixed base( don't skimp on price) . A 9hp will be fine for 1person and 15 for two. I like the stessl edgetracker . So if you are a mexican keep out of Qld. and leave the fish to me....9
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