A Small Skiff for Coastal Florida

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  1. brendan gardam
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    you have to be careful around the snapping handbags
     
  2. hoytedow
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    Our crocs are smaller but behave the same.
     
  3. Mr Efficiency
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    Sadly the things are far more dangerous than gators, but seem to have become alike to the "holy cow". At least sharks stay in the water, you can't even relax walking along the beach in some places.
     
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    I had seen one lurking at the boat ramp once. He was about 8 feet long.
     
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    I will be staying with the 20 horse Honda.
     
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    Crocs have attacked and killed people snorkelling and diving miles offshore, they are more dangerous than most sharks.
     
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    The post #60 guy (a tourist) almost got himself a Darwin award near Darwin for posing and playing with a Salty like he did . . :eek:
     
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    Then you don't have to worry too much about the post #54 spray rails incorporated in the bottom I'll guess, but ask the experts, to have the post #55 max waterline length in combination with the low power will be even more important for you I think.
     
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  9. Will Gilmore
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    My wife and I visit the Peace River in Florida. We spend all day in the water, sometimes up to our waist, hunting for fossils like shark's teeth. The alligators bask on the bank, disappear, reappear elsewhere. Never had an encounter with an alligator like that croc.

    Once, I was in waist deep water and a couple in a canoe paddled slowly past as I came up from searching the bottom. The woman in front said, "Aren't you afraid of alligators?"

    I replied, "You know, you wrestle two or three of them and you start to get a reputation."

    The guy in the back cracked up laughing while his wife did a series of faces, :eek:o_O:confused:.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     
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  10. Tiny Turnip
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    Hey Hoyt! I found a small skiff for you!



    (apparently the tip of the bowsprit is *supposed* to be in the water)
     
  11. Tiny Turnip
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    What's that you say? Not small enough? Ok, here you go:

    Balmain Bugs http://www.jmgarnsworthy.com/john_garnsworthy/Images/Balmain%20Bugs/album/

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    Not radio controlled. Apparently you had to get your co-operative other half to row along side while you lent over and adjusted the sheets and the tiller, all the time discussing racing tactics. Yes, racing. It was *very* popular, and the spectators would charter a ferry to watch the races. Until, in the 1950s, a bookie taking bets on the races pulled a gun on another bookie, and the races were banned.

    ... But they're coming back...:

    Model Skiff Resurgance - Australian Historical Sailing Skiff Association http://www.ahssa.org.au/model-skiff-resurgance/

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    Beautiful thing, thanks, length is OK, but far to much sail for Hoyt and his wife and Peanut, they're all petrol heads.
     
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    I know, Angel, I know. They went over to the dark side a long time ago, but I keep trying to tempt them back...
     
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    Hoyte, I am unaware that we have any crocs in central Florida. There is a small bay off of Florida bay, at the southern tip of the everglades. It is called Crocodile Bay where there are said to be crocs. I once sailed there but did not see any of the beasties. Sure as the sun rises we do have an abundance of Gators. The miserable things are every where that has a body of water including an occasional gator in someones back yard pool.
     
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