Archimedes came to us with a 12 foot inflatable and an 8 horse outboard. Not bad, but the little motor won’t get the boat up on plane very well. It would get there … barely, but not with two people on board.
I feel the need. The need for speed. Or … at least more speed than before.
Steve Guyer, from Guyer Boatworks replaced the outboard with a 20 horse Tohatsu. Electric start. Electric trim. That’s right. She’ll plane nicely now. He also added a St. Croix seat and steering. Very comfy.
At the same time, the Weaver davits on the boat were a bit inadequate for our needs. The manual ratchet system installation to raise the boat was not well thought out. It actually ripped the mounting out of the aft railing. That section had to be replaced. Since the Weaver system could not support the weight of the boat along with a 20 hp outboard, we changed everything to a manual Sea Wise system.
The dinghy goes up and down much easier now. New motor + seat + steering = FUN!
Everything was installed by Steve Guyer at Guyer Boatworks. He is a super guy and we are very pleased with the end result.