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by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage Update 2017
Replies: 101
Views: 50591

Re: Rampage Update 2017

Thanks for the kind words! I really hope I can get the castings to work out - they'll look awesome when polished, if I can ever figure everything out. I even had trouble with polishing...I got everything to the wire wheel stage, but getting the actual polish (tripoli / etc) onto the cotton buffing w...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bolero Build
Replies: 27
Views: 8237

Re: Bolero Build

I'm extremely jealous you have a mill. My good friend has a mill and a planer - the kind you feed full boards through - and while I haven't managed to use the mill I've sent more than my fair share of rough sawn boards through his planer to get my finished lumber! I cut templates from particle board...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bolero Build
Replies: 27
Views: 8237

Re: Bolero Build

Hi Brandon, I'm flattered! I agree that the "high performance" hulls done in a more classic style are pretty rare - and in a bad way. We need more of them! If you ever have any questions feel free to PM me, though my updates border on essays in length so I won't feel bad if you feel like you've read...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage Update 2017
Replies: 101
Views: 50591

Re: Rampage Update 2017

(3/3) With the engine finally "locked in place", I could measure for and start putting in the exhaust system. The tailpipes will have to be custom made ($$$ - :cry: ) but having searched high and low, there wasn't a single set of tailpipes anywhere that fit the height I needed - almost all of them e...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage Update 2017
Replies: 101
Views: 50591

Re: Rampage Update 2017

(2/3) The backrest also came out well enough to clamp in place and see how it worked - nearly perfectly, which made it very helpful to start measuring my engine and exhaust system. The idea with the backrest mounts is that the backrests lean against them - I'm working on a way to stop them from "fol...
by Denon Osterman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Rampage Update 2017
Replies: 101
Views: 50591

Re: Rampage Update 2017

(1/3) Well, I missed last weeks update, but between thanksgiving and this past weekend I've gotten lots done! Weather sure is getting cold though - shop is hovering around 5 Celsius during the day, so there's no more epoxying in 2018 :( First goal accomplished was getting the epoxy and stain nearly ...
by Denon Osterman
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Bolero Build
Replies: 27
Views: 8237

Re: Bolero Build

I really, really, *really* like the bolero. I was almost going to build one myself, but went with the rampage instead. Can't wait to see how this progresses - remember that everything below the waterline should stay as is, but everything above is free game. I modified my rampage somewhat significant...
by Denon Osterman
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 16' Ski Boat Restoration
Replies: 379
Views: 195436

Re: 16' Ski Boat Restoration

That made me laugh! Step 26 should be sprinkled a bit more liberally, I think ;)
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Speed and Performance
Topic: The benefits of proper trim
Replies: 6
Views: 8406

Re: The benefits of proper trim

I agree fully. Between the sound of the engine (boy does it sound angry trimmed all the way down) and the feel of the boat and steering, you could be blindfolded and still trim properly in most cases.
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Matt's Geronimo
Replies: 1235
Views: 389888

Re: Matt's Geronimo

Hey! I'm in that Rumrunner video! That was a great show :)
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Geronimo Boat Ride
Replies: 9
Views: 3748

Re: Geronimo Boat Ride

Curiosity got the best of me so I went and did a comparison between trim ~3/4 of the way up, and all the way down, in my 18' tin boat - you can see the post under "speed and power". Quick summary - trimming "up" the correct amount increased RPM by 10% (4500 -> 5000), speed by 17% (36 mph to 43 mph),...
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Speed and Performance
Topic: The benefits of proper trim
Replies: 6
Views: 8406

The benefits of proper trim

After watching a video of someone driving their boat for the first time, with the trim fully "down", I decided to see just how much of a difference trim can make. I'm a strong advocate of always "trimming up" once on plane, and increasing the amount of "trim up" as the RPM and speed of the boat clim...
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Building The Vera Cruise
Replies: 3421
Views: 814256

Re: Building The Vera Cruise

I can't tell you how much I want to get my boat into the water. After 6 years, my patience is being tested.I am still hopeful to make the Spring 2020 launch goal (in a usable state but not finished). I was telling my wife that I love the satisfaction that comes with building a boat, but I would als...
by Denon Osterman
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 16' Ski Boat Restoration
Replies: 379
Views: 195436

Re: 16' Ski Boat Restoration

Ahh, now I see - the 'T's have just been moved from the block, to the thermostat housing. Makes sense - and apologies I didn't look a bit closer before asking!
by Denon Osterman
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: 16' Ski Boat Restoration
Replies: 379
Views: 195436

Re: 16' Ski Boat Restoration

Hi Jim, Looking good - nice to have it up and running! An oil leak or two is not the worst news that can happen on startup...so it seems like you've dodged a number of bullets. Unfortunately I don't have any advice on the velvet drive...I chose a jet because transmissions are scary :P :lol: I do hav...

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