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Postby dabren » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:31 am

Thanks to everyone who has ever contributed to this forum, especially those who answer direct questions in a quick manner - this forum is a wealth of info and has definitely helped me to get my boat in the water.

Although the fabric to cover the back of the seat and the sides of the interior was not in, I decided to launch it this long weekend since all else was done. I am super happy with the performance!

So all those many, many, many hours, and many, many months were worth it. It floated...and performed great. When I backed the trailer into the water and the boat floated off, all the hard work (especially the sanding) was forgotten.

At first the motor was trimmed up and it was awesome but the lake was very busy so lots of chop and it bounced a bit. No surprise since it is obviously not meant to tackle any rough waters. Today I dropped the trim by one notch and it was all smooth sailing from there. It just cut through all the small waves. Bummer that both my camera and my girlfriend's were dead after only one video today - we wanted to get some more smooth action since all the videos are shot with her just holding the camera.

I think we got a bit more speed when the tilt was up so if it was really calm we'd probably go like mad one notch up and not have to worry about a little bounce. If I had to guess I'd say I got about 40mph since we were smoking all the boats on the lake but I'll need to get a GPS (I couldn't install my speedometer pitot due to the transom cap). I can adjust the engine internally to allow more throttle with the turn of a screw so of course I'll do that next.

Thanks again everyone, your help is greatly appreciated...I'll need it again when I build my next one!!


PS it's amazing how much attention a home built boat gets, even just people driving by on the highway...really I met a ton of people this weekend just cause of the questions/complements thrown my way.
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Re: Complete!!

Postby slug » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:14 am

Congratulations Dan! You should be proud of the beautifull results of all that hard labour, It looks great.

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Re: Complete!!

Postby jamundsen » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:44 am

Looks like a lot of fun. Congrats!!
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Re: Complete!!

Postby fergal butler » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:13 am

Well done dabren she looks great and with only 72 posts it must have been a breeze for you to build. :D

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Re: Complete!!

Postby DaveLott » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:15 am

Great Job and looks like you have a fine lake to use it on as well

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Re: Complete!!

Postby upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:29 am

Great job....will look at the videos now.

As far as the speedo,they aren't all that accurate,but if you have it installed,you can always make a filler piece to fit above the transom cap to fit the pitot base flange so it will fit to the cap and the filler


Re: Complete!!

Postby upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:43 am

What motor was it? I can't remember.

When you post again, maybe you can show a pic of the cavitation plate height to the bottom.

Also what pitch prop and RPM as well as GPS speed.

Great job!!! :D

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Re: Complete!!

Postby Roberta » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:54 am

Looks Great, Dan!!!What a beautiful lake to boat on, too.

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Re: Complete!!

Postby BruceDow » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:08 am

What a beautiful finish on that boat!

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Re: Complete!!

Postby vupilot » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:53 am

Yes indeed. Great paint job and I really like the colors. Have Fun! 8)

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Re: Complete!!

Postby ttownshaw » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:55 am


I told my wife we needed a three-car garage for my projects...she told me to ask her for permission next time before I buy a house.

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Re: Complete!!

Postby Rational Root » Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:21 pm

Oh Yea!

Now that's what it's all about

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Re: Complete!!

Postby BulldogBoater » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:38 pm

Congrats! That's a good looking build.

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Re: Complete!!

Postby denbrlr » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:17 pm

Looks great! Enjoy :)

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