Tunnel King Build

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby travis24 » Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:08 am

Job well done. Keep us posted on the launch.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:15 pm

Since there are no cleats on the boat my dock lines are retractable through these grommets. Bitter end is tied to boat, line extends through grommet to tie up.
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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:17 pm

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:20 pm

I filled up with some nice high quality real gasoline (no alchohol) and added some Mercury synthetic oil...Very nice aroma :lol:
Boat floats very level due to the mid mount fuel and battery.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:24 pm

I am out of here:

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I was quite windy (15-18) and choppy so I just tooled around for a half hour or so. I kept the speed under forty.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby LSaupe » Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:47 pm

Congratulations. Looks sharp in the water.

Any first impressions? Did she handle the chop well?

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:54 pm

Handling was very nice. Chop was no problem and smooth. I was very gentle with turning because the sensation is so different. It turns completely flat. most of the time I was just cruising in the 20s, but when I would step on it I could tell that I going to be fun.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:07 pm

SJC

Can't wait for more reports. Forty and still more. Cool.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby vupilot » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:15 am

Congrats! Your Tunnel King turned out fantastic! I just returned from vacation in Washington, you have a wonderful place to enjoy the boat.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby hoodman » Thu Jul 23, 2015 7:26 am

Congratulations! Looks great in the water!

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby rbrandenstein » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:24 pm

Congratulations on a job well done and a successful launch. I bet you can't wait to open her up.
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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:00 pm

I had the boat out for another run today. It was still a bit bumpy out, but the boat just rocks along.

I am glad that I went with the foot throttle because two hands are needed on the wheel :shock:

I saw 47 knots on my gps, but I have a hard time looking down to check the speed while dodging seaweed, logs etc. A few times I trimmed the motor up and I could feel the boat really lift out of the water and begin to just skim. That is a very interesting sensation. I have been staying within swimming distance to shore :lol: It is much harder (mentally) to stay on the throttle with the foot than a traditional hand throttle. I will also need some sort of face protection, aka helmet :) I was definitely smiling the whole time.

Overall a very fun boat.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby LSaupe » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:22 pm

Great to hear! Please provide updates when able. Very nice end product you have there. You will get used to the foot throttle after a while you will never want to go back.

Looks like great fun!

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby SJC » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:41 pm

I had the boat out for several hours today. I went to jobs in 3 different marinas around the islands. Max speed 55.9 mph on the gps. I also go to use the bilge pumps when I took about 20 gallons of water over the bow. :x I was navigating a large tidal rip with 3' waves, just idling along trying not to drop the bow into the next wave. I was unsuccessful :shock: I got to watch all of that water just roll up the bow and drop right into my lap!! That happened twice before I was able to get out of the area. 9 foot tidal range in 6 hours today due to full moon, that is a lot of water moving around the islands. In most to areas it was not noticeable, but there are several choke points between islands that really get rolling.

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Re: Tunnel King Build

Postby LSaupe » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:48 pm

Wow, that must have been unsettling for sure.

How does the shorter transom behave with regard to water ingress over the rear of the boat?


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