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Old 08-30-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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We want a petit yacht.

Hi, we want to be a little more adventurous and buy something for the water. [lake] I sink like a rock, so a kayak or canoe is out. So we were thinking about buying a small, aluminum, row boat to carry on top of my Lincoln. Are aluminum row boats obsolete? So far my searches have not been too good. Where can I find a new aluminum row boat and what size would work for two people and fit on top of my Lincoln? Help me if you can.


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Old 08-30-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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check out Tracker boats from Bass Pro shop or, Cabelas for aluminum, and check out the Portaboat, this is a fold-up made of polypropolene and and finally the inflatables by Sea Eagle. I have the Porta-boat that is 14 ft and use a 6 hp and had it on the mighty Mississippi. This boat comes in a 8.10.12 and 14 ft. mike

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Old 08-30-2009, 08:19 PM   #3
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Grumman Sport Boat

If you really mean "rowboat"--meaning you plan to row it, not use an outboard motor--there aren't many being mass produced today. One nice aluminum one is the Grumman Sport Boat, essentially a broad beam square stern canoe with oarlocks. Cartopped on your tow vehicle it would go nicely with your Airstream.

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:49 PM   #4
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Go to There you will find a few wonderful kit wood boats. They have a great selection. Mill Creek 16, a new Dory, the Skerry, just to name a few.
Check out the weight difference.

AS AN ADDED BONUS- Chesapeake Light Craft will be in Newport Beach, just south of you. On 5 Sept, check out their web site. You can paddle their stuff for free and see what great designs are available.

I know you are more than capable of putting one of these together,
We can talk about it in a few weeks at the Jackson Forum Rally.

P.S. I've been known to build boats for other folks. :+]

The beauty of varnished wood next to an airstream totally rocks. An aluminum fishing boat is just that. My professional opinion..

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Old 08-31-2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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We started out with the aluminum and ended up with an inflatable with wood floorboards.
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