Speed Test

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Captain's Gig, Mailbag |

Recently, a customer wanted to know how fast our smallest boats go with a 2 hp motor. It was a nice sunny day so we decided to take a couple dinghies out for speed testing. We don’t usually think of our boats as motor boats but they work well with a small outboard in maneuverability and speed. Our boats are in fact faster than most competitors because of their fair hull forms, keel design and light weight. Many customers report much...

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Training up for real-world rowing

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Customer Questions |

Having been in this line of work for over 25 years, sometimes I think we’ve heard every question out there.  But now and then we get a really good question that we’ve never had to think about before, and it’s really a treat for us to ponder something new.  This one came in via email this week: Dave, I bought a Concept2 (model D) rowing machine just before Christmas to get myself in shape while the Melonseed is under...

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Speed Demons – is a bigger motor better?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Customer Questions, Motors |

Today we have another post in our series where we highlight a common (or particularly interesting) question we get from customers.  A gentleman contacted us because he is soon going to be purchasing a yacht that includes a fully-equipped tender: “I am in the process of acquiring …. a 44 foot Island Packet.  She is sweet, and hoisted on her stern is a 10 foot Navigator (comes with oars and sails to boot).  Currently the Navigator has...

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Customer Question: Which boat is most stable?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Customer Questions | 2 comments

Recently we received this inquiry about the stability of our boats: “We are interested in learning more about your small row boats.  We need it to be stable on rough water that we often experience on Priest Lake.  It also must be comfortable for my wife to row at age 78.  The Navigator looks good, but perhaps others are just as good or better. We look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you.” First, we need to define the meaning of...

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