Looking for info on bowpickers

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Hisees, Jan 6, 2020.

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Are 28ft plastic reinforced bowpickers good westcoast,rough water boats?

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  1. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    Hi Guys,
    I’m looking at getting a boat given to me it’s a 28.6 ft reinforced plastic bowpicker.
    I’m don’t have any other info on it except that it’s floating.
    I will try and post some pics they may or may not load.
    Do you guys have any info on this type of Hull ?
    How many were made years they were made engines,drives,max load etc?
    Looks like a common design from what I’ve seen online.
    Thank you
     

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  2. bajansailor
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    bajansailor Marine Surveyor

    Go for it Hisees! And welcome to the Forum.
    Re the boat in the photos, she doesn't look in bad condition at all.
    Will you be using her for fishing?
    I presume that reel in the front is for a seine net or similar?
    What sort of engine(s) does she have (or did have in the past)?
    Re your poll asking if she would be a good rough water boat, it all depends on what your definition of 'rough water' is.
     
  3. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    Hi Bajan,
    Thanks for the reply,I would be using it on my shellfish,oyster farm and possible to do some west coast sport fishing.
    Mostly I’m concerned about seaworthiness with a load of product in it,we do wild permit picking as well as work on the lease so it’s possible it would see a heavy load in a blow.
    I don’t go out in rough water but have been caught a couple times and it’s was not something I enjoyed.
    Yes,I’m guessing it’s a seine net I would probably swap it out for a boom,crane assuming the hydraulics are functional
    No word on if the motor/motors run or what they are, same with drive or if it’s a shaft or?
    I can tell from the last photo it has some kind of grid off the back so I’m guessing there is some kind of leg on it or it may just be a swim grid.
    I’m planning on having to replace the engine and from what I have read online if it’s a direct drive shaft the shaft should be ok,less to go wrong if both the leg and the engine are shot it’s not really worth it financially.
    As for rough water would be nice to know I don’t have to worry about anything on the inside coast of Vancouver island maybe 30 knots max.
    Cheers,
     
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  4. kapnD
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    You’re asking for analysis of a hull that we can’t see.
    Most small bow pickers are bay boats, I wouldn’t want to try hanging a heavy load over the bow at sea!
    Many of this type of boat are simply designed to carry max load for their length, and may be pretty obnoxious if not unsafe in open ocean conditions .
     
  5. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    Hi KapnD,
    It will be used on inside waters by Vancouver island so it can get nasty but nothing like open ocean.
    It looks like a good deep Hull and yes, I know the pictures are horrible but they are all I have to go by to decide whether it’s worth heading up to have a look.
    I have no knowledge of these boats whatsoever.
    Cheers,
     
  6. kapnD
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    kapnD Senior Member

    You mentioned sport fishing, so I assumed offshore, and 30 knots speed, both pretty tall orders for the bow pickers that I’ve been around.
     
  7. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    Ya,the sport fishing would be on the outside if the hull seemed up to it but it would also be empty.
    I meant 30 knots of wind not travelling 30 knots.
    I’m planning on putting a small engine in it or if the engine that’s in it is salvageable slow cruising gas is crazy expensive out here and from what I understand the inboards like low rpms.
    I’m used to running outboards this will be my first inboard setup.
     
  8. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    do you know (or find out) who the builder is and the date, the designer.
     
  9. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    Hi JSL,
    No,just that it is made from reinforced plastic.
     
  10. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    could be a gamble. there are good and bad builders
     
  11. Hisees
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    Hisees Junior Member

    I will post some updated pics and any other info I can find once I go up and view it around February 23.
     

  12. JSL
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    JSL Senior Member

    Many people hire a marine surveyor or at least someone who knows boats to go with them for a 'viewing'. Sometimes shortfalls show up quick: one case I saw was much of the boat's wiring was single strand. a real 'no-no'.
     
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