I first saw the AB Profile boats at the Vancouver Boat Show 2 years ago and really couldn't stop thinking about them. I looked at slew of other boats wanting a fast fishing boat that would be able to also be used for hunting moose. At the Vancouver Boat Show in Spring I ordered one from Craig Frazer. They were back ordered. Very popular. It was worth the wait.
I've just had mine out today with the new Honda 4 stroke 30 HP Outboard Motor (http://marine.honda.com/outboards/motor-detail/BF30) from Marine Honda at First in Burnaby(www.hondacentre.com)
30 HP is the maximum power for the A12 but the AB profiles come in larger and smaller sizes that take different HP. The Maximum weight for the A12 is 2,032 lbs or 6 adults. I wanted the seat and console which Craig had installed when the boat came in. Then he took the boat over to Honda Marine where Lee and the folks there had the steering package installed. Having bought off road motorcycles (Honda 250 CC) from Honda Marine and knowing the people there, I trust them.
I love Honda 30 HP Outboard.
The Highliner trailer (model PWC 1) which Kits got for me has a swing tongue so it's more easily stored. We estimate boat and motor at around 800 lbs.
The Honda 30 HP weight is 155 lbs. 552 CC engine. http://marine.honda.com/outboards/motor-detail/BF30
I had a heck of time getting the papers on Friday. The boat was all ready for pick up at Honda and the guys were great. I just couldn't find a 2 "" ball for the tow. Lee offered to loan me his and after he'd got his off his truck I went back and found mine. Typical! I then had to borrow a license plate to get the boat home.
Craig was delayed because he had had to get three of these AB Profiles off to Alberta because of the flood there. There was an emergency call and the guys at Kits put three together rush to put on the train to help people flooded out of their homes in Calgary. Extraordinary flood situation. Downtown all out of power and thousands homeless.
Craig was kind enough to meet me at North Shore London Drugs to get the trailer plate just before they closed. I wrote a cheque for the final amount having paid for the motor in the fall and having put a hefty downpayment on the boat at the boat show. It actually came in as estimated which impressed me with Kits and Honda Marine. I'd had extra requests and all went well.
It was a late start but I actually drove out to Harrison Hot Spring Resort arriving just after midnight. I was tired but the truck and boat and even the Honda 250 motorcycle in back were all with me. The rooms were great as usual, and pretty soon Gilbert had a mess of things on the floor to play with. Mostly he's of the belief my role in life is to throw his yellow ball.
I slept wonderfully here as always. I love the Harrisons Hot Springs Resort www.harrisonresort.com/
While I had the trailer insured with ICBC I didn't have the actual boat and motor insured. So I didn't want to leave them in the unguared lot by the dock despite the number of locks I put on the trailer and boat and motor. That was one reason why I wanted to come to Harrisons HotSpring Resort. Their parking is pretty secure and I could try try the boat out in quiet fresh water before putting the boat in the ocean. I also knew the boat launch at Harrison was really straightforward. I didn't know the ocean boat launch on the north shore and didn't want to deal with tides and currents right off.
It was a good idea.
In the morning I drove to Chilliwack to get fishing supplies at Fred's www.fredscustomtackle.com/
I needed a part for my down rigger and tow rope. I also stopped at Mountainview Harley Davidson in Chilliwack. www.mountainviewhd.com/
I''ll get the plane fan for the outboard. I had one on the 9.9 hp when I was able to go at high speed in Mexico with my dinghy down there. It helps get one up on plane at lower speed so it's more efficient and smoother. This one will do the same, I'm sure. I had to stand when I was going on plane, leaning over the console, one hand on the steering wheel and the other on the throttle. Trolling I liked sitting facing forward like I was driving a car. It really keeps its point too.
I love the AB Profile and Honda 30 HP. Thank you Kits Inflatables and Honda Marine!