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by wbbaer
Fri May 23, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Thanks, guys. Dave, I hope your kids are nearby so you can do some spoiling. We told our kids that we believe in the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have done to you--back! We plan that our grandchildren will be indulged in those things about which their parents were cranky: bedtimes, foods...
by wbbaer
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Two more photos.
by wbbaer
Mon Apr 28, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

It has been a while since I added to the Princess saga. She has had two seasons of regular use on the Columbia and the Willamette and has stood up well. The finish, epoxy top-coated with Supermarine 1000 has done well also. The engine hatch was the last part made and I must admit that I was in a bit...
by wbbaer
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:58 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Thank you all very much for the kind words. It has been great fun. Now we are enjoying using her on the local waters (Willamette and Columbia rivers). Yesterday, Sunday, Sydney and I spent the day chasing sawdust and leftover scraps from the garage and the workshop. Princess Allison and Nick are enj...
by wbbaer
Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:53 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Thanks, Dave. One more photo to close this thread.
by wbbaer
Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Princess launched on 26 June 2012 to successful operation without a hitch. So far 45 mph (GPS) at about 80% throttle. Working up to WOT. Not seeing a porpoising issue so far. Participated in a local ACBS Show and won an award this past weekend. The week before we had a picnic for about 60 guest and...
by wbbaer
Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Fasteners
Topic: bronze screw prices
Replies: 8
Views: 6179

Re: bronze screw prices

These people have competitive prices:

http://www.tacomascrew.com/products
by wbbaer
Thu Aug 02, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Wood and Plywood
Topic: riviera hull thickness
Replies: 5
Views: 2685

Re: riviera hull thickness

I have three laminations of 4 mm Hydrotek and one 1/8" mahogany veneer on the sides and the bottom. When I cut the various holes for water intake and rudder port the plugs measured about 3/4". The wood thickness adds up to 15 mm, about 5/8", but the epoxy adds a little at each layer. I echo Dave's o...
by wbbaer
Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: How Did You Pick The Engine That You Went With?
Replies: 13
Views: 4947

Re: How Did You Pick The Engine That You Went With?

At 40 mph in smooth water she rides smoothly without porpoising. Not too much of a thump riding over a wake. Stay tuned for higher speed reports. From the first everything functioned as expected. She is absolutely dry inside. Nary a drop through the "dripless" shaft seal.
by wbbaer
Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Boat Power
Topic: How Did You Pick The Engine That You Went With?
Replies: 13
Views: 4947

Re: How Did You Pick The Engine That You Went With?

I read and followed Dave Lott's blog and postings carefully and decided on the 305 cu. in. version of the SBC engine at 275 hp. I am still shaking down the finished boat but 40 mph (GPS) at 4000 rpm with WOT calling for 5000 rpm suggests that top speed will be close to 50 mph with 13 x 13 prop. As D...
by wbbaer
Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: New Members, Please Introduce Yourself
Topic: Riviera INFO
Replies: 5
Views: 1313

Re: Riviera INFO

Unlike Dave, I could not squeeze my engine under the deck beam height and had to add a hat section to the engine hatch. Clearance limitations are mainly due to the closed cooling system components (top tank/degas bottle) but also the throttle control sender and cable is above deck level. Engine is C...
by wbbaer
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Riviera Engine power suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 2359

Re: Riviera Engine power suggestions

Your problem is not in finding sufficient horsepower but in putting to efficient use what a modern V8 engine produces. Dave Lott has documented on this forum his experiences with the Riviera hull and a 350 cu. in. SBC. The hull design comes from a boat designed around a 160 hp. in-line 6 which was o...
by wbbaer
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: barrel back transom
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: barrel back transom

You might want to consider putting in blocking to support the exhaust ports. Doing so will provide a solid thickness of hard wood into which the exhaust tip flanges may be fastened.
by wbbaer
Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Put her in the water with the shaft-and-prop guy present. He supplied those parts and the dripless shaft seal and installed them some months ago. He said that final shaft alignment should be done in the water. I had done it as best I could on the trailer. Turned out that no further adjustment was ne...
by wbbaer
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: The Princess Project
Replies: 122
Views: 21910

Re: The Princess Project

Thursday, 21 June. Maiden voyage of he Princess. The princess herself and her husband were the first passengers. Mom had other commitments and could not attend.