Launch date is set

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FFRCOBRA
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Launch date is set

Postby FFRCOBRA » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:40 am

I found the receipt for my very first wood purchase on this project. I will be completing it just shy of 5 years.

I'll be putting it in the water August 5th.

I have some buddies coming up to Wisconsin to help me with the first ride. One can be driving our other boat as a 'support boat'. The other can be riding with me watching for any potential issues.

As of now it's done except for the windshield glass. Hopefully it comes in before next weekend.

Any suggestions for the first cruise? Things to not forget? Things to watch for? Anything that will help this be less stressful than it will already be.

Thanks
Craig
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Re: Launch date is set

Postby rleete » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:49 am

FFRCOBRA wrote:Things to not forget?


Drain plug!

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby BayouBengal » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:47 am

Because I have relatively little experience boating, I made a checklist that my wife, Melanie, and I use. I must say we look a little goofy going through it at the ramp, but it's already saved us a couple mistakes and going through it together gives us some piece of mind that we're not screwing something up. Some of these items won't apply to you depending on your truck and boat, but, it's a MS-Word Doc and I wanted to attach the file so that you can easily edit it for your particular setup if you want to use it; but, I can't figure out how to attach a MS-Word doc here. So, I just copied and pasted the text from the doc into this post. I suppose you could just copy and paste the text from below into your word processor and edit it from there.

Prior to Towing to Waterway
Drain Plug Installed
Rear Tie Down Straps in Place
Motor Trimmed Up
Forward Tie Down Strap in Place
Winch Tightened and Latched
Hitch Correctly Latched to Truck Ball
Chains and Electrical Cord in Place
Front Trailer Wheel in Up-stowed Position
Trailering Button Pushed on Truck
Ball firmly attached to truck
Gear stowed so that nothing will fly away
Verify Engine Starts

Prior to backing down launch
Bimini raised if expected to be used
Ramp area scouted and decisions made as to where to dock after launch
Mooring Ropes Installed on Cleats
Bumper rails adjusted for height and deployed
Drain Plug Installed
Rear Tie Down Straps Removed
Forward Tie Down Strap Removed
Winch Strap Relaxed but not Unhooked

Launching
Back Truck down in Position for Melanie
Unlatch Winch Strap
Either board boat for manned launch or prepare with mooring ropes for unmanned
Melanie slowly backs boat down. As fenders begin to submerge, begin bumping brakes to release boat from trailer.
Melanie then pulls ahead with truck and trailer out of the way of other launchers
Jeff docks or moors boat, then parks truck

Loading
Moor boat
Move truck into position for Melanie
Melanie backs down as needed where fenders are slightly submerged, then engages parking brake
Melanie gets into position to latch winch strap and crank winch
Drive boat onto trailer
Trim Outdrive Up
Melanie Latches Boat and Cranks Winch
Melanie pulls boat up ramp out of the way of other boaters
Check boat is in proper position on trailer. If not, lower back down ramp and adjust.

Prior to Towing Home
Drain Plug Removed
Rear Tie Down Straps in Place
Motor Trimmed Up
Forward Tie Down Strap in Place
Winch Tightened and Latched
Hitch Correctly Latched to Truck Ball
Chains and Electrical Cord in Place
Front Trailer Wheel in Up-stowed Position
Trailering Button Pushed on Truck
Ball firmly attached to truck
Gear stowed so that nothing will fly away

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby Mark-NJ » Fri Jul 28, 2017 11:45 am

Can I add one step to the lists above?

Prior to backing down launch
Bimini raised if expected to be used
Ramp area scouted and decisions made as to where to dock after launch
Mooring Ropes Installed on Cleats
Bumper rails adjusted for height and deployed
Drain Plug Installed
Trailer's electrical harness disconnected from truck
Rear Tie Down Straps Removed
Forward Tie Down Strap Removed
Winch Strap Relaxed but not Unhooked


I've seen it first hand: the trailer's illuminated brake lights shatter when they hit the cold water. Unless you have LED lighting, best to disconnect the electricals before they get submerged.

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby neel thompson » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:28 pm

Hey Craig....Here's an idea for your first real cruise after the shakedown..... Take her down to Tennessee in September for the Glen-L Gathering and cruise with us up/down (always get that confused) the Tennessee River to Chattanooga for the "Friday Lunch Run". Your boat looks fantastic and I know many who would love to see it up close...... Neel

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby FFRCOBRA » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:54 am

Thanks for all the tips guys. I think they will all make the day go much smoother!
I'm not new to boating in general. I have been out on the water most summer weekends for years now.
But this true inboard will be my first venture. I hear it can be quite different than an outboard or I/O. That's what I'm most concerned about.

Neel- Thanks for the invite. We will have to miss it this year. We will be doing the ACBS International Boat Show the week before in Racine WI. I told my wife about the gatherings in TN each year and she was intrigued. She said that we should make an effort to go next year.

Thanks
Craig

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby Bill Edmundson » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:47 am

Craig

Be sure and look up Roberta at the ACBS International Show.

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby garrech » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:46 pm

How was the launch?

FFRCOBRA wrote: I hear it can be quite different than an outboard or I/O. That's what I'm most concerned about.


Yes, very different. I think the key is to go slow and figure out how it responds to your inputs. For example, when in reverse, our boat goes to the right no matter which way you turn it. Figuring out things like that while in open water will make docking more manageable.

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby kens » Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:10 pm

If this is your first true inboard, may I suggest you research 'prop walk'
Inboards dont back up very well, and 'prop walk' is why.
If you are not ready for it, you may bang up something,
If you are used to it, you can park the boat in some tight places
Oak is over rated, everything about it takes extra time; then it warps, splits or checks !!! :roll:

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:32 pm

I have a left hand prop. It goes counter-clockwise in reverse. Go slow and watch for the first sign of movement. As you back, turn the wheel the other way and bump forward. Getting out you can put a bow line around a piling and "warp" around it. It is not that difficult. You'll learn. Right up to the point somebody tries to "Help You"!

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Re: Launch date is set

Postby Roberta » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:21 am

Hi Craig,

Have you registered for the Racine International yet? So far I see Dean Wilson and the Gentry and my Torpedo for home builds. Price for registration went up after the first of August. Hope to see you there.

Roberta :D :D :D
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