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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 09:42 AM
Panga brands and powering them


Yes, I know I'm not in baja anymore but I do respect much of the knowledge base here.

On the mainland my most accessible choices are Imemsa, which is everywhere, and Nava out of Mazatlan and I am open to hearing about more.

In Bahia Banderas where I live most of the guys in the fleet drive Nava's even though Imemsa is right here so that makes a statement to me.

I know a lot of guys out of the Yucatan, Veracruz and the gulf coast states like Imemsas and modify them significantly.

Nava does make some really nice looking panga for a bit more money than Imemsa.

And, Imemsa uses wood in their floors so my opinion would be that if I do buy an Imemsa I will put my own floor in with fiberglass and PVC supports.
Imemsa also does a Buen Fin sale so that is a big deal.
Maybe Nava does, too, I'll have to check.

As far as power goes EFI seems to be the ticket, 2 or 4 cycle there is much debate.
I like the ease of 4 cycle.

I am probably looking at a 90-115hp engine.

One of my main concerns is aft weight so the panga riding correctly.... it may be all about trim tabs, I don't know.

I do like the deeper sides, especially with a floor.

I am also fine hearing about boats that fit into this same economic investment range with the same durability and versatility.

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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 10:07 AM


Amato Boats in Ensenada provides a lot of the west coast pangas.

Here's a link to a forum...

http://pangaforum.com/index.php?topic=2849.0
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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 10:23 AM


Thanks Steve.
I'm taking a look-see and it looks like a lot of wood in the flooring.
I've also seen a few in La Paz that look good.

I'm giving myself 6 months or so to research and, in the meantime, I can just get my little gregor on the water.
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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 10:44 AM


Agree completely with the desire for flooring and higher gunwale height.

I'd go 23 foot minimum, center console, built in fuel cell, T-top. Steering at the back gets old fast. Better weight distribution, too, especially if you end up fishing alone, at times.

I dont know much about outboards anymore except that they are all pretty darn good, including the direct injection 2 strokes from Merc and Evinrude. Many happy owners of Suzuki, Yammy and Honda in the 4 stroke arena. Hondas always tended to be the heaviest.
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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 10:51 AM


Thanks Hook.

I am looking mostly at the 25-27' range but 23' would be minimum..... I want comfort with all the family and a CC is a must.
I also like the built in fuel cell..... makes life easier.
T-Top, absolutely! Especially with all us fair skinned redheads.
Besides, I need somewhere to hang the surfboards......

Seems like one of the biggest challenges is keeping static load weight forward more than aft.... I've talked to guys who put the fuel cell up in the bow underneath a casting deck.

I imagine many days while my kids are in school with me surfing and fishing off of it.

And plenty of weekend fun with the family..... just floating snorkeling out at the Marietas yesterday reminded me of how much I missed that lifestyle.

Gotta get it before it is too late!
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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 12:51 PM


I just got a little 23' panga with a 70Hp Suzuki, CC and the fuel cell under the front deck. Plenty of power for me.

Right now a bimini top, but would like to get a T-top.....
Where can I find/ have it built a stainless steel T-top? Any suggestions?

BTW I do have a 90HP 4-stroke Honda for sale, complete with controls and gauges.

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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 02:13 PM


There's a guy in Loreto (gringo) who does custom aluminum and stainless fabrication. If you can go that far, give me a U2U and I'll give you his contact info. His work is top notch.



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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 02:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Fernweh  
I just got a little 23' panga with a 70Hp Suzuki, CC and the fuel cell under the front deck. Plenty of power for me.

Right now a bimini top, but would like to get a T-top.....
Where can I find/ have it built a stainless steel T-top? Any suggestions?

BTW I do have a 90HP 4-stroke Honda for sale, complete with controls and gauges.

Karl



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[*] posted on 7-25-2016 at 03:37 PM


Nice ride, Karl!

I think the 26' or 27' with a 90hp will probably be my choice depending upon availability and cost..... the 27' I may go up to a 115hp at most.

I really take my time with these kinds of purchases....... I'm one of those guys who researches fanatically.

Tomorrow I am going to see the Imemsa dealer in PV and I think in a few weeks I will take a trip up to Mazatlan to take a look see..... my wife will be in the US for a long weekend class reunion and I think it sounds like a great time to hit Maz with my kids.

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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 02:58 PM



Seems like one of the biggest challenges is keeping static load weight forward more than aft.... I've talked to guys who put the fuel cell up in the bow underneath a casting deck.

that's where mine was in my 22' panga,, 75 gals,, I had a 115 Yammy, great range, when chasing Tuna out of San Diego
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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 03:03 PM


That sounds like the way to go with weight. Lotta guys down here put twin engines on.... a guy has a panga he wants to sell me (made in Mazatlan) that he has twin Honda 60's on... he bought himself a giant super panga.
Gonna go take a look see.
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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 05:21 PM


Alright you guys, what's the matter with "gas tank"?
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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 05:30 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Santiago  
Alright you guys, what's the matter with "gas tank"?


Jajaja, nothing, I guess!

Nomenclature my friend.

I do believe I have seen pics where you are wearing Crocs but call them shoes..... OK, maybe I'm making that up.

You do know the first rule about wearing Crocs..... #1: Don't.
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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 05:43 PM


I'ma gonna call it a gas holder thing.
Does that work?!:biggrin:
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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 07:35 PM


don't call it a bladder.....



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[*] posted on 7-26-2016 at 07:41 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Santiago  
Alright you guys, what's the matter with "gas tank"?


I always think of an on-deck tank when gas tank is used. My current boat had twin 12 gallon on deck gas tanks when I got it - it now has a custom below deck 60 gallon aluminum fuel cell.
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