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I am looking at buying a used 2007 RF-246 Sedan with a single Evinrude E-Tec 150. Do you think it is enough engine power compared to yours with two Honda 150′s?
I enjoy the twins on my boat, but I think I’d be fine most of the time with a single. I think the maximum speed with one motor (boat fully loaded) is about 17kts. Most of the time, I cruise at about 7kts for a great fuel burn, often on one of my two engines. So, except for emergencies (which I’ve yet to have, thankfully) I seldom make the twins work hard, which is about 32-34kts WOT the way I’m propped.
The thing that makes me want the twins (which cost me about $17,800 additional, including tax, and double the ongoing maintenance) is the same thing I hear from everyone who has twin engines, and something I’ve experienced myself … the reassurance of redundancy. I have engine #2 when engine #1 fails me, and vice versa.
Though it’s said that most engine failures are fuel-related (true) and the Rossie’s gas tank is not partitioned (the same fuel supply source) I’ve taken great lengths to mount additional filters and h20 separators for the two engines, so that what is getting to the engine is both separate and clean. Honda also has onboard fuel water separators and filters in the engines. When my engine failed, in the middle of nowhere, it had nothing to do with fuel.
Add the extra speed when needed, the fact that there’s much less wear on either engine when two do the job and the convenience of close quarts maneuvering (I can literally do 360′s in the length of my boat -/+ if I’m so inclined), and I am very happy to have the twin BF150′s.
Don’t let that keep you from owning a boat though. Most Rossie’s are single engine boats, and one engine on a Rosborough is so much better than no Rosborough!
Let me know what you get!
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I’ve been researching RF-246s again and had a question for you. How has having the “head in the bed” been over time? Does it ever get a little “gamey” in the berth with that arrangement? Also am I correct in that the only shower available is the one in the cockpit? How does one maintain any privacy with that set up? Both of these may be issues for my wife and just wanted to get your real world experiences with both those issues?
Thanks for your help!
We own “Sweet Pea” which is NN Hull# 1. We bought her in 1994 and our home port is St.James City,Fla. We dearly love our little trawler and have spent many hours on Pine Island Sound just enjoying the pleasures of slow boating.
The Nomad is not a boat for everyone but for those that enjoy the ability to cruise economically and comfortably in skinny water and in coastal areas, she is perfect. We do overnight on her quite a bit and have even cooked gourmet meals with the minimal facilities on board.
Also Face Book has a petty active group for Nimble Nomads so check that out for more info and pictures of Nomads.
And thanks for your very well written article about our neat little boats.
Tom & Sharon Nowling
Tom and Sharon,
Thank you for your letter and enthusiasm about one of our favorite boats. I’m a member of the Facebook page, and keep up on the news about Nimble boats. I’m glad you found my article to be worthwhile. I’d enjoy meeting you and seeing ‘Sweet Pea’ if we ever find ourselves in the same harbor or cove!
I am the owner of a Nimble Nomad (also named Puffin) that I keep just off Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, NY. You’ve written a very detailed and accurate review of this unique boat.
I would just like to add that the Nomads are quite capable coastal cruisers, as well. We have had ours in significant chop and 2-4-foot waves in lower New York Harbor and the waters off Coney Island. It was uncomfortable, but we didn’t feel unsafe. And I know of one Nomad owner in Alaska who regularly boats and fishes on Sitka Sound.
Please visit my blog if you’re interested in reading about some of our adventures in Puffin. In the future we hope to cruise the Erie Canal, do a circumnavigation of Long Island, and take a trip to Chesapeake Bay.
Thanks for giving us your input on the Nomad’s sea-keeping capabilities. We appreciate your perspective and are glad to hear from you.
The Skyhawk sunglasses arrived last Friday and I LOVE THEM! I can can feel my eyes relax when I slip them on. They must cut every bit of glare. Thank you so very much!
Tammi Goddard, “Cloud Nine”
Dear Mr. Reeves,
Thank you for the fine article you wrote about spotting the Sperry on her final voyage. I have included it in my Navy memorabilia. I served aboard her from ’64 to ’66, took a few cruises and one yard overhaul in Bremerton. The rest of the time, she did her job in San Diego. She was a fine ship, solid, and rode like a Cadillac. We took care of her and she took care of us. Her condition at 70 years old is a testament to those that built her and those that crewed her.
From all the information I have, she is headed to ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas for dismantling. I would much rather see her scrapped than sunk. Recycling her means she’s still useful.
I’m pleased to ‘meet’ a crew member of the USS Sperry. It was my privilege to cruise out with her on Oct. 17, and I’m here to report that she did so with some of the “Cadillac” ride you mentioned. Glad you saw and liked the article.
Dear compactyachts.com Editor,
I just discovered your blog. It is terrific. Could you put me on your distribution list?
I have a 2001 Rossi Sedan Cruiser which has the reputation of covering the distance from Florida to the San Juan Islands and back to Florida OVER LAND! 6600 miles!
Curious about the sunglasses. Do you have one that fits over regular prescription glasses. Not the flip up type.
Thanks for the story on the freezer.
Bill (True Blue)
Just found your blog and so I’m reading through some of the older posts. I’m thinking the “Bufflehead” (article on the Bufflehead 22) name comes from the duck, which is a rather stout and sturdy looking one, mostly black and white.
Looks like I’m going to enjoy your blog, thanks!
Dear compactyachts.com readers,
I thought I’d just reinforce my confidence in, and the great feeling I’ve had for Lewmar. I have a stainless steel vertical windlass and a Delta anchor (that I call “old faithful”) that are quality built and are important components of Kokomo’s ground tackle.
Recently we had a Fall Safe Lever on my V700 windlass break, and Josh in technical support sent me a replacement right away. Once my email was answered, the support was exemplary! I installed the replacement today (with additional assistance from Josh, who gave me a really helpful tip).
Don’t hesitate to buy from Lewmar, Simpson-Lawrence or Delta …
I too have a Rosborough and a 43 qt Edgestar. Wondered where you keep yours aboard your RF246 ? We have ours under the dinette table which is bearable but a little difficult to dig into at times. Our Edgestar has been very good to us so far.
Hull # 418
Dear Steve Reeves,
First of all we would like to thank you for the great review about WEATHERTRACK on your blog. Finally somebody who really understands the app!
We would like to put your reference on our website.
May we ask, if you could give us a perma-link, as we assume that your review will disappear sooner or later when you discuss new items?
Daniela & Jens-Uwe
Dear Editor (compactyachts.com),
I’ve just purchased a used “compact yacht” (an older Sea Sport 24), and although I don’t plan to tow it much, it came with a (older) trailer. What would you recommend for greasing the axles when there is no external grease fitting. Sorry if there is an obvious answer, but I’m new at this (trailering) and am not sure what to do. Maybe the bearings don’t need greasing? Roger S. , (Tacoma, WA)
>> Hi Roger – Welcome to the yachting community! I hope you enjoy many happy adventures on your Sea Sport. I would assume that all trailers that go in/out of the water need lubrication (greasing) and I’d further assume that these have not been greased (the safest assumption). You either take them (once a season if you only put the boat in fresh water; more if salt) to a boat shop or your local tire store and have them disassembled and fully greased (with blue marine trailer bearing grease), learn to do it yourself (lots less expensive, but time consuming) or, better yet, have one of those stores install Bearing Buddy brand hub assemblies or Super Lube brand hub assemblies on all two (or four) wheels of your trailer. Then you and your grease gun can attend to the grease requirements of your trailer. - Steve R. (Paradise, CA) for compactyachts.com
Thank you for the article on Nimble Nomads. My late father had a Nomad 25, and he loved it. Reading about the boat seemed to bring back the happy memories of my teen age summers out with Papa in the “Gypsy Rose” on the Ohio River. I’ll see if I can find a picture to scan and send to you … but thanks for your article. – Gary H. (Padukah, KY)
To Whom It May Concern at compactyachts.com,
Your article on belt noise – and your experience at Lake Shasta with the Chris Craft – was both interesting reading and helpful to me. I now enjoy noise-free operation of my 1962 Stephens cabin cruiser, following sanding some rust off the pullies and applying marine paint. Thanks a lot! I’ve been struggling with this and aggravated by it for several seasons of boating now. – Herman S. (near Stockton, CA)
I have really enjoyed your writing about small yachts. I love the idea of being able to trailer the yacht and go to another body of water by road, but I’m not willing to give up my dream of having a raised pilothouse trawler, or a diesel engine so I’m probably going to have to get a bigger boat. I’ll keep enjoying your blog, though. I seem to learn something new every time I visit. - Hal G. (San Diego, CA)
>>Hal – While I don’t want to encourage you away from what you really want (I spent years looking at RPH Trawlers … and still love them), you must have missed the article on the North Pacific Yachts NP28 (click here to go to it) which is a traditional raised pilothouse trawler with a Cummins diesel and many of the same attributes of a larger yacht … and it’s trailerable without a permit! Enjoy the process of finding just the right boat. - Steve R. (Paradise, CA) for compactyachts.com
I wanted you to know that your site has been very helpful to my wife Janice and I in the process of selecting our next boat. Please continue publishing the excellent articles and know that you’ve got some regular fans out here. We’ll let you know when we close a deal on a “compact yacht”! - Will (Galveston, TX)
Thank you for a fine article on the Ranger 29 tug. I didn’t need more convincing, but reading the summary of the boat you toured sure kept the fire alive in me. I hope to retire in a couple years, get a used R29 and go cruising! – Ralph P. (Richmond, VA)
How about a section for used parts for sale. It’d be a popular one! – Harris B. (Jacksonville, FL)
>>Harris, Feel free to advertise your parts in our classified section for free. – Steve R. (Paradise, CA) for compactyachts.com