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Thread: 1975 Boatel Islander... another open water candidate?

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    1975 Boatel Islander... another open water candidate?

    I'm also looking at this boat for a trip to the Keys. I like the freeboard... almost starts to look a bit like a trawler. Anybody have thoughts about this design for the gulf? I'm not concerned about opinions regarding the equipment, engine types, fuel types, etc... just the basic design of the hull etc.

    Thanks again!
    -keith

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    A very boaty looking houseboat. Better than some but big windows and vulnerable.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    They will take the water but like OHB said watch the windows. Outdrives would be Questionable.

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    The real answer is NO they are NOT an open water boat. People have crosed in Gibsons they hit the weather right and were lucky. On some days you can cross on a jet ski but this does,t make it a good idea.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    OHB
    Would you have crossed in your old Plucke.
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    On a good day with other boats.
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    We ran from New Port Richey to Panama City, across the GOM, in a Main Sail Trawler at 6 knots. It took 24 hours. We left at 8pm, and motored all night, and into the next day and arrived at sunset. It was a calm crossing.

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    I always wanted a Boatel, for the waters around here can get big.

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    A real boaty looking boat.

    Havent heard from you in awhile Tom. whats happening. Still got the Gibson?
    The fries are cold so we gave you extra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD HOUSEBOATER View Post
    Havent heard from you in awhile Tom. whats happening. Still got the Gibson?
    The oil spill killed my rental biz.

    Sold the Gibson, got to run her over to New Orleans with the new owner, and teach him how.
    He could not get insurance, as he was not a qualified boat operator.

    I turned him on to Lynn Stem at Kaigler, and she wrote a binder, with my name on it, as operator to New Orleans, and then taught him during the fun four days we took to get there. Left it at the marina next to Lake Front Airport.

    Then I signed off on him, and Lynn issued the policy.

    Last year I had a series of operations on my hands and wrists, so I have been typing little.
    Getting back in the saddle. But no houseboat is now owned, just a canoe now (NO Maintenance).


    PS: On a side note, my brother just joined the fleet of Charter Boat Captains on Pensacola Beach.

    Hot Spots / Chris Phillips group, and is running fishing trips. He great at finding the fish.

    Have you been over to the new Flora-Bama Yacht Club? Chris has a wonderful menu, try the Lion Fish Mmmmmm good.

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