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 Post subject: Livingston boat reviews?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:02 pm 
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Anyone use/have a Livingston boat? stable? any chance of tipping over or sinking? i know whalers are unsinkable no matter how much water it takes on. same for livingston? they seem to be so much cheaper.

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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:17 am 
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How big? Most small boat these days their voids are foam filled so they won't really sink. But they can be submerged.

Livingstons are good boats for the price, one of the more popular brands of small boats.

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I think there is a story on here from a while back about a small Livinsgston sinking.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:07 am 
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15' Livingston
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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:36 am 
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I have a 10' Livingston now.

They do NOT float. They do not have foam filled hulls. That's one big reason why they are so much cheaper (and lighter) than a Whaler. I'd rather have a foam filled Whaler but $$$ and availability... Ugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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Paul - how's that 10 foot working for you? I have an opportunity to buy a 10, which is why I ask. How many divers do you take out on it?

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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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The small livingston that we have at work, the area that you sit on is foam filled. It small sections of the boat. Not enough to keep it from submerging but it doesn't fully sink. (I know a few co-workers tried :lol: ) We had to hoist it out of the water with a small crane.
Since it was purchased by the Navy I'm not sure if it's built differently then other Livingstons.
It's not like a Whaler where the entire hull is foam filled. Our livingston just the built in voids are filler with some sort of foam.

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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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I had a 14' Livingston about 5 years ago. It capsized but never fully sank. The section in the very front is either sealed or foam filled. It ended up bobbing with the tail straight down and the nose up in the air. It is listed as the #1 capsizing boat in the state. More reports to the coast guard for this boat than any other. I also have 2 other friends whose boats capsized. Everyones boats capsized while they were diving and getting into the boat. All same boats. I would not recommend.


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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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Yikes. Thanks Hatch. Didn't know they went down so often. Guess I'll keep looking!

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I haven't actually used it yet. Need $$ for a motor... All the good motors are hella expensive. Not a very high need as I still have my PWC. Can't argue with 160 hp, 55+ MPH GPS verified top speed loaded w dive gear, sled and another diver. :D Just wish it was legal in more areas.

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Paul wrote:
I haven't actually used it yet. Need $$ for a motor... All the good motors are hella expensive. Not a very high need as I still have my PWC. Can't argue with 160 hp, 55+ MPH GPS verified top speed loaded w dive gear, sled and another diver. :D Just wish it was legal in more areas.

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Did I hear that Paul has a Livingston now :D


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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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Thanks for all sharing own views.


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 Post subject: Re: Livingston boat reviews?
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I currently have a 14' livingston that i use 90% for diving. it has a 40 yamaha on it with custom built splash well and half cab. sounds funny a 14' boat with half cab but here on kauai, 14' livingstons is very well respected if set up right. also theres a beach where we can launch off of the sand to access Na'Pali coastline. ill be glad to send you pics if you want to kinda give you an idea on a great setup

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