Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

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Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby slug » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:30 am

I can only say it's been a perfect day :D :D :D :D .
Verna and I and our good friends Dave and Chris Harris launched the Titan this morning.
Summary; The little Ford Ranger and the trailer worked perfectly...tows like a dream. ( had to slide the axles back a foot to get more tongue weight.)
Floated off the trailer just great.
No leaks!
Had to add 240 lbs to the bow to trim...will add more ballast later to lower the C of G.
The " Schilling" rudder I built works like a dream. It will almost turn in its own length...incredible. EVEN STEERS BACKING UP.
The 18 x 10 3 blade prop seems about right...Man does she ever bight when you kick her into gear.
The tubular cooler that I fabricated works perfect...never went over 180 deg.
The dry stack works well...very little exhaust smell when the girls were sitting in the cockpit.
Went out into the lake (Ontario) proper in a 3 to 4 foot sea. It handles everything with no water coming on board, but gets a little lumpy...to be expected.
Had a nice lunch for four inside the cabin ( 2 seated and 2 standing in doorways) quite comfortably...lots of room compared to the Ranger tug I looked at of the same length.
The only flaw on the day is a miss in the engine sometimes...will get the injectors serviced, as the motor has been sitting for a while. I expect this is the problem.
No speeds yet as the GPS wasn't on board.
A truly great day!
Doug
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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby slug » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:31 am

And one more.
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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby jprice » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:40 am

Very nice. Congrats!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby vupilot » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:14 pm

Spectacular! Congratulations! Very nicely done.

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby TUGMYWAY » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:36 pm

Well DONE!!! I like it!!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby Bill Edmundson » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:38 pm

Great Day Indeed :!: :D

Bill
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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby fergal butler » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:16 pm

She is a bute Congrats time to sit back and cillax :D

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby Iggy » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:06 pm

Nothing like seeing your creation come to life and then actually WORK as invisioned. Its like a big sigh of relief... she floats... she drives... she feels great!

Beautiful job on Grace Parker, may she float forever!
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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby slug » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:12 pm

Thanks to all for your kind comments. As I have sid before, its been a fun project, tho tiring at times, especially lately when I put myself to a schedule. BUT when it all comes together as it has, the long days are soon forgotten.
Just a side note; diesel guy repeated what Dave said...there's an air leak in the suction side of the fuel system, so I'll go looking.

Doug

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby steveh41 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:17 pm

Congrats on a job well done. Beautiful on the water!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby Gayle Brantuk » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:18 pm

Congratulations Slug! She looks awesome!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby eminence front » Mon Jul 23, 2012 4:34 pm

Nice build! Congrats!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby SeaPea » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:18 pm

Ver nice! Great job!

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby psychobilly » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:23 pm

Fine vessel ya ended up with there slug, congrats.

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Re: Titan Tug Grace Parker hits the water!

Postby leakcheck » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:04 pm

Wow !!! Fantastic!! I love the fantail too!!!


That boat actually looks huge on the water. What a great time.

I have spent some time on that pond and when the wind comes up and the chop gets real close it is pretty scary! It looks as if that is incredibly stable though! What a blast!

Enjoy..........



Steve


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