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 on: April 17, 2014, 08:38:04 AM 
Started by steveoh - Last post by steveoh
Well, that was fun. Bluehost, the web hosting company who hosts Fishyfish, and most of the other websites I own, or administer for other folks went down somewhere around 10:30 am yesterday.  They as yet have no explanation, other than our engineers are working on it.

This is the third time in a year they've gone down, but almost 24 hours is a huge new record for them, and I suspect they are going to hear about this from their customers, and it's not going to be pleasant.

Just a couple months ago I upgraded the hosting package for Fishyfish to increase speed and bandwidth, and indeed cut the response time in half. It was supposed to be in the "cloud" and designed to be more reliable and to avoid these big outages. But alas, this big outage was not avoided.

And so I am looking for a better hosting situation that is more secure, faster, has greater bandwidth and a much, much better back up system. Till then I hope the current fix sticks, and we have no more problems.


 on: April 16, 2014, 07:51:05 AM 
Started by Chris L. - Last post by Chris L.
thanks guys i am currently researching all these companies now.

 on: April 16, 2014, 07:12:47 AM 
Started by penguin - Last post by SmokinFletch
I just got back from a mini adventure to PCB on the GOM, spent 4 days and fished 3 full days I'd say 10 hours a day. We were targeting Spanish Mackerel and site fishing for Cobia. Mackerel is a slow troll, and it's about 10knots looking for Cobia. Searching for Cobia about 1000 yards off beach. Total fuel consumption was only about 35
 gals. I have a 40 gal main and a 12 gal deck tank, 52 gals total. went through my deck tank and according to the tank level indicator, half a tank in the main, about 32-35 gals. total. Not much fuel for the amount of time on the water.

You're right about the cost of fuel, electricity, natural gas, and LP, and food. Prices are on the increase.
 My buddy wants to buy a SeaRay Amberjack 290, look it up, 250 gal fuel tank, 14,000 lbs. a true hoss of a 30 footer. Way far and beyond my budget. My fuel cost are somewhat like 52 X $4 = $208.00, the 30 footer 250 X $4 = $1000.00. I'm getting 4nmpg, he will get 1nmpg.

I don't think you can go wrong with a GA or a Jumbo, both are lightweight for there size and well designed for cruising and big water.

The Suzuki 140 outboard- flawless.


 on: April 15, 2014, 10:24:45 PM 
Started by penguin - Last post by luk diver
 We had a alum 22' Bayrunner with a Johnson 90. With rough conditions and slowing down it drank fuel. It developed a problem and we ended up having the powerhead rebuilt, that powerhead crapped out after the 6mon warranty but mechanic backed it (whew), wasn't till he rebuilt it that he figured out the water inlet at the bottom of the powerhead was leaking and causing the exhaust silencer to be filled with saltwater and that caused saltwater entrusion to the exhaust side (thru open ports on the exhaust stroke). We ran it for awhile after that and then it developed a idle problem. Wasn't hard making the decision to go the 100 Yamaha 4s in 1999. Much better fuel economy at all speeds and we racked up #300 before we made the move to the J22 that we stretched to 23-7 in 2003. The 90 was a 'turd' and didn't help that we had a o/b that was built on a Monday or Friday. Oh well. Funny thing is that the 115 is same block but different stuffing blocks behind carbs and much better fuel economy.

 I'd build the J24 or GA25 and overall I'd say you'll be pleased with it IF you don't underhorse. Our's struggles and most times we're lucky to get 3 nmpg. Bet we've poured 5000+ gallons thru ours in 14 years . Bigger boat gives you that ability to overnight and something that helps is running a kicker IF you troll for salmon. Saves a lot of engine hours and fuel compared to running main IMO. One thing you could do is build 'light' if you aren't running in a brutal ocean. Our's is 'heavy' as we have sometimes challenging conditions and because of special applications we need from the boat. GL. B & B

 on: April 15, 2014, 10:06:54 PM 
Started by penguin - Last post by penguin
There are, of course, many reasons the value of these boats will keep going up. But one of them is, and will continue to be, the fuel economy.

I say that because here in British Columbia, like most places I am sure, the price of gas keeps steadily going up. Just a few days ago, in southern Vancouver Island the prices have gone from $1.26 per liter to $1.42 per liter.  That's an increase to $5.37 per US gallon or $6.45 per imperial gallon!  Some people think we'll be seeing close to $2.00 per liter by the end of the summer!

Europeans have it worse and Americans have it slightly better, but the prices just keep going up and make boating, at least with power boats, more and more expensive.

This is why I think the Tolman Skiff/GA design is so valuable and will continue to be increasingly valuable. When you can get double the fuel economy as compared to differently constructed boats of a similar size, that's a significant advantage in a climate where gas prices keep going up.

If this keeps up, I may have to consider building a Jumbo 22 instead of the GA 25 that's currently being planned.  I'm wondering whether there would be a significant fuel consumption difference between the 175 hp required for the GA 25 and the 115 hp required for the Jumbo 22?  Would the weight difference between the hulls and 60 less horsepower amount to a significant fuel economy difference? I have no experience with modern four stroke or direct injection two-stroke [E TEC] motors.  I just know that the 1996 two-stroke 90 hp Johnson that pushes my little 16 foot runabout to 35 knots at full throttle drinks fuel like there's no tomorrow!  (I really don't do many full throttle runs, as I'm not a speed freak and I do mostly a lot of fishing, but even at lower speeds she's mighty thirsty.)

In addition to fishing regularly (year round in our climate) including long runs outside for tuna, I'm hoping to use my Tolman/GA for exploring and camping, including an eventual trip up the inside passage to Alaska.  So fuel economy is something that will matter.

As always, I'd be grateful for the experiences and opinions of forum members, which are always helpful.

 on: April 15, 2014, 07:26:45 PM 
Started by Chris L. - Last post by lowpine
I like Raka, with the 350 non-blush hardner.  It's a good product at a good price.  Larry is a fair guy too, I had a top come off a bottle (can't remember if it was resin or hardner) during shipping, he offered and sent me enough to make up for it.  They are out of S. FL. 


 on: April 15, 2014, 03:56:36 PM 
Started by Lyle - Last post by flatsjunky
I had that problem on the dory I built in Alaska.  Drilled a hole (the correct size) through the  outboard tilt housing where the teliflex cable inters the pivit tube.  Tapped and installed a grease fitting there.  Used mlight grase in the fall and a shot in the spring.  No more frozen steering.

 on: April 15, 2014, 12:32:30 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by SmokinFletch
Birthed with silicon spray, a fine looking skiff.

 on: April 15, 2014, 12:12:12 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Bigsidny
Your workshop gave birth to a beautiful boat! Cigars for everyone???

 on: April 15, 2014, 10:19:04 AM 
Started by Lyle - Last post by Lyle
That sounds like  a pretty good quick fix to get back out on the water. Smiley It would help to have the full width drywell on the skiff to do that. The narrow one on ours doesn't give you any hammer swinging room.....

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