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Old 24-01-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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what boat for youngster

I have just been given a fonda 16 6 with a low hours 50hp johnson, i am thinking of getting rid of the hull and putting the engine on something my son could drive (only 7) anyone out there got any ideas of what to put it on ? I was thinking of dare i say it a small rib or should i just stick with the fonda?
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Old 24-01-2009, 05:26 PM   #2
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I can only recommend a phantom 16. they are so stable and forgiving, also its the sort of boat you can re power later. my friend has one for sale. i will tell him to post on here.
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Old 24-01-2009, 05:34 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with a Fonda. Put a couple together in the 80's and they were a superb little boat.
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Buy him some football boots.

Far cheaper in the long run.
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woulda football boot with 50hp on be a bit fast for a 7 year old?
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woulda football boot with 50hp on be a bit fast for a 7 year old?
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It would definitely have some kick to it.
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Old 27-01-2009, 11:08 PM   #7
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My dad raced a fonda in ocr bak in the 80's and 90's he loved the thing!
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My dad raced a fonda in ocr bak in the 80's and 90's he loved the thing!
I raced OCR with Gary Santo in a Fonda hull in Guernsey 1986.

Well balanced boat, with a good driver.

I remember in those days bow tanks were not allowed, and there was some weight and pully system?
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I raced OCR with Gary Santo in a Fonda hull in Guernsey 1986.

Well balanced boat, with a good driver.

I remember in those days bow tanks were not allowed, and there was some weight and pully system?
The finda wasn't called midnight moover by any chance??

Know what happened to it after racing?

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You might know my dad then he raced about the same time with, hes Kevin Butler raced with Mark West
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Old 29-01-2009, 12:05 AM   #11
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The Fonda, the Concorde and the Simms all suffered with a forward bulkhead- (dashboard), that was too far forward of the longitudinal centre line. I know the designers and builders personally and have had this argument several times.

The desire to increase interior space always compromises the handling. i.e. you either had to trim the boat too far out, or over-engine it to attain an acceptable ride.

There are really well handling boats available both new and second hand. I have just acquired a Phantom 16 for my daughter and my niece to race in 2009 and it will be competitive and affordable.
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