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Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:58 pm
by lrglnman
[quote][/quote]Well I'm looking at my next boat project. I've got it narrowed down to a squirt or dyno mite but I need info from you guys that have built one of these 2 boats . I'm 6'6" @ 275lbs. Will I fit in one of these boats and will the boat perform well with me in it. Basically instead of me getting a jet ski I'd think one of these boats would suit my likings.

Re: Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:35 pm
by Ronb172
I am building a Squirt and I'm 6', 185 lbs and I fit but not easily. However I'm 70 yrs old and have rods in my back. But I do fit and once in it's pretty comfy. I did find an 11" steering wheel for it to make entry easier. I have seen guys who raised the frame at the helm so that could help you. Just not sure the Squirt would be a good fit for you. If my boat ever flips I'll probably be screwed as it's not easy to get out of

Re: Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:59 pm
by Hercdrvr
He is a pic of me ( 6ft & 200lbs) contorting myself pumping up the primer bulb prior to launch.
There is two ways to ride in a squirt.
1. Knees bent, feet on the floor and ball your body up to fit in the confounds of the cockpit. Or

2. Low rider style by stretching one's legs out straight under the bow and slouching down on the seat. Best to put a life jacket or bumper over frame #2 to soften the ride for the back of legs.

I prefer option two, it keeps my shins from impacting the bottom of the dash in rough water.

Will you fit in a Squirt...at 6'6", I'd say, not in the planned cockpit size. After you flip the hull you can get a feel for where the dash and seat will work for you. Keep in mind, the farther aft you put the seatback the narrower the seat gets.
My 2 cents. Good luck

Re: Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:31 pm
by Hercdrvr
Whenever a builder is contemplating a squirt I always want to offer my Squirt perspective. We have all poured over the 300 boat plans to find the perfect fit for our boating needs, budget and building space, etc...I settled on the Squirt and if I had to do it all over again I would have built a single cockpit Flying Saucer or maybe the stretched version Zip in a single cockpit configuration.
The Squirt is a blast but it is very small. We enjoy our squirt best when we have a second boat to act as home base.
Cost difference would be negligible except for the extra HP.
More of my 2 cents, I'm up to 4 cents so far. Matt

Re: Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:32 pm
by lrglnman
The main reason is I want a personal watercraft. If I did a dyno mite or squirt it would be mainly a 1 person toy. Wife would not be with me due to her water fear. Can the console be moved forward any at all? If too much weight is moved aft won't it porpoise real bad?

Re: Will I fit in a squirt or dyno mite?

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:48 am
by Hercdrvr
The dash could be moved as far forward as frame #2. My concern with really opening up the cockpit is how the boat will look. The length of the bow is important to the beauty of the Squirt. The stretched 11' version is probably best suited to your extra tall size. I attached a pic which I think illustrates how a compact cockpit is essential to maintain the proper lines of the boat.
As to porpoising if loaded too far aft...if hull is flat, smooth and has a sharp edge at the transom I think it will ride true in the water on plane.
Looking forward to pictures from your build.
Matt