Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

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Barra
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Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Barra » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:49 pm

So after about 2.5 years of work we launched the Zip today and christened her "Helen" (after my very understanding and supportive wife).

Beautiful day on the river. Only went for a short run (still need to finish the registration process) but she performed brilliantly. As expected 50hp is plenty of power! Reached 30 knots (very easily) before I chickened out. After the motor is run in properly and we get nice flat conditions we'll see what she can do.

Turns really nice and no signs of porpoising so far but will need to have a longer run to confirm. The acceleration she has is quite impressive!

So we're all very happy with how she turned out!

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Bill Edmundson » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:41 pm

Barra

It will take a while to get that smile off your face :!: :D

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Roberta » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:47 am

Good Job!!! Look's Great!!! Not unlike and RV Grin!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby SeaPea » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:44 pm

Congratulations Barra - your boat looks great!

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby gdcarpenter » Mon Dec 29, 2014 4:06 pm

kudos!
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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby red » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:34 am

congrats

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Andy Garrett » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:32 am

That's a great looking boat Bara! Congrats!

It sure looks warm down there... :(
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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby darthplywood » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:04 pm

SENSATIONAL! CONGRATS
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yet to come...11' Glen-L "Utility"

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Aussie » Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:58 pm

Well done Barra,
Looks great and another completed aussie boat.....done us proud mate....

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby mrintense » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:45 am

Congratulations Barra,

The work is completed and along with your recent move, you've accomplished some significant events this year. 2014 will certainly stick in your memory. Well done. The boat looks gorgeous on the lake. I can see from your smile that you love the results. Glad to see it. :D
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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Barra » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:12 pm

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

Took her out again this morning. She does handle great but needs flat water so will need to find days when it's not too windy.

Andy, it is pretty warm down here (was 39 deg C the other day, ~102F), however Fremantle is pretty well known for its windy summer afternoons (the "Freo Doctor") which cools things down but does make the river pretty choppy.

Now we just need to convince our little boy to put on his life jacket so he can come out too!

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby bjfrater » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:09 pm

Congrats Barra,
Fantastic work and a beautiful looking boat.

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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby rbrandenstein » Tue Jan 06, 2015 7:59 am

Excellent! The boat looks great. It must be nice to have warm weather, it is supposed to get down to 10 degrees F tonight.
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Re: Barra's Zip "Helen" Launched

Postby Barra » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:38 pm

Well there's warm and what we had on Monday... 44.4 C, 112 F. Glad to be in a nair conditioned office that day!

Mind you 10F doesn't sound fun either!


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