Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

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Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby jeffh » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:26 pm

Nope, not yet. This place has been dead the last couple of days, so I thought I'd try to sucker some people into looking :lol:

Seriously, the boat would have been launched on Sept 21, but it rained and it seems to me that launching a new wooden boat that could have a leak is not a good idea in the rain. I think that could compound matters if there was a small geyser spewing up from the bottom.

The new date is now Wednesday, Sept 28 (that's the first day my wife is available)...unless somebody around Atlanta wants to help me do it on the 27th. So, officially, it's this boat being sea trialed at Lake Lanier, GA.
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Since our lake is 1.5 hrs away in the GA/NC mountains, I decided that Lanier was a better choice. We don't know much about Lanier and I plan to check out a couple of launching ramps over the weekend. I hope I can find one with a dock so we can get the tow vehicle parked.
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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby fergal butler » Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:42 pm

Best of luck with her I'm sure all will work out fine,enjoy the moment for when it's gone you have to build another boat to get it back :D

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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby v-driver » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:11 pm

Since our lake is 1.5 hrs away in the GA/NC mountains, I decided that Lanier was a better choice. We don't know much about Lanier and I plan to check out a couple of launching ramps over the weekend. I hope I can find one with a dock so we can get the tow vehicle parked.

Jeff,
Speaking from experience, there are lots of rocky shoals between many of the islands on Lanier. The rocks will reach up and grab you. Pay attention to the shoal markers.

Last October I rented an I/O from the marina with a group of co-workers. We found the rocks, too; paid for a new prop...

Congratulations on the completion and launch!

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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby BulldogBoater » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:42 pm

I will be in Gainesville all day on the 27th. I'd love to help you launch any time after I take the little one to school.

I'll pm you with my number.

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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby jeffh » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:53 pm

pm sent.
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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby Retroman » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:59 pm

nice job good luck
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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby Wood Nut » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:36 pm

Jeff,

Yes you suckered me in. :lol: Good luck with the launch. Also I will try and get my build restarted soon so I can start adding to the forum.
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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby billy c » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:08 am

that came out beautiful Jeff!
have a great launch and take lots of pictures :D
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Re: Malahini Launch

Postby chuck1 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:57 pm

jeffh wrote:...Since our lake is 1.5 hrs away in the GA/NC mountains, I decided that Lanier was a better choice. We don't know much about Lanier and I plan to check out a couple of launching ramps over the weekend. I hope I can find one with a dock so we can get the tow vehicle parked.



Laurel Park north of Gainsville off 129/19 has a great ramp area and dock.

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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby jeffh » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:25 pm

Well folks, it really happened today with the help of BulldogBoater. We got her into the water around 1 and cruised for about 30-min. But as George Costanza might say: "The lake was angry my friends..." We got wet and beat up in the chop on Lake Lanier. The wind was blowing and I was a little concerned before I ever left home. We literally had a couple of waves come over the bow (thank goodness for windshields). The good news is that while we got pretty wet, the bilge was bone dry. It was so rough that I don't think we ever made it much beyond 2000 RPM. So, I'll have to wait for another day to know if I have any porpoising problems. It definitely is not a boat for a day like today. The large sail boats were headed out for some fun and I'm sure they had an excellent day.

I was pleasantly surprised that the engine started with one turn of the key, just like a 4-stroke. It is definitely a little rougher at idle and louder than my 4-s, but not bad. It is also different when shifting from forward into neutral when the idle revs or whatever it does. Just a different feel that takes a little getting used to when you've been in a 4-stroke for 4 years. BulldogBoater said it sounded normal and felt normal to him.

The boat, as you can see in the photos, sits nicely and not low at all with the 320lb engine bolted on as I had feared. I am very happy about that. I was ready for a boat that felt and sounded different than a glass boat so there was no surprise there. My first impression when moving out of the no wake zone was that water was inside the boat, but it was just the sound of the water on the hull.

Getting the boat onto the trailer was another fun excercise. It was kinda like steering a leaf off some giant tropical rainforest plant with a sail attached. I'm glad I had an experienced guy instead of my wife helping. I tossed him the line and he just pulled the boat right onto the trailer.

Kevin took some photos with my digital camera and I shot some video with the Filp camera. I'll work on getting those posted to youtube later after I figure out how.

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The motor started with one turn
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It floats and the engine runs :D !!!
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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby Oyster » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:30 pm

Fantastic! yes those engines have a very distinct sound to them. I tell folks that they sound exactly like a Catapilla Diesel at idle. She looks great in the water too even with the additional weight that comes with that sized and type engine.

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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby Iggy » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:32 pm

Congratulations Jeff! Choppy or not... Kicked in the Head is now officially a 'boat' instead of an expensive trailer ornament!

Sits nice in the water, I hope mine sits the same as yours.

I am very happy for you my friend. Another sucessfuly Glen-L launch ;)
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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby upspirate » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:26 pm

Yea!!! Congrats
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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby jeffh » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:38 pm

Thanks guys. Yes, it does purr like a cat. Here is some video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pg7SBjxN6w4
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2011 MALAHINI - KICKED IN THE HEAD
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I wake up with a 16ft woody every morning :)
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=534DBtp1Cnc
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/2011malahini/

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Re: Malahini Launch Update Sept 27

Postby Bill Edmundson » Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:49 pm

I love it! I wonder just how many boats have launched this year.

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