Posted by John E. Talley on August 24, 1998 at 14:21:24:
In Reply to: Re: Double Eagle Completed posted by Guy Lynn on August 18, 1998 at 12:50:34:
: : Hello, just curious if there are any other "Double Eagles" out there. Ours was completed in 1988 and has just undergone a engine replacement and general refreshing. No problems to speak of other than one frame that needed replacing,(missed that one corner with resin).
: I am looking at building the double eagle and was wondering if you can answer some questions. If you were to do it all over again, would you do anything differently? How do you like the self draining deck? Generally, what do you use the boat for and do you like its performance?
: Guy Lynn
Sorry so long for my reply. I haven't considered building the same boat again. To answer your question if I lost the boat, yes we would. I can't think of anything I would change other than possibly incresing the length by 10%. The self draining deck works as long as you can tilt the boat far enough for the water to drain out. Otherwise, you will need to leave a access hole under the cabin floor. Our boat is for pleasure only. We accumulated 2836 hrs. over a 9 year peroid on the first engine which was a OMC Cobra. It performed well but the OMC does not compared to the Mercruiser 4.3 LXH that is in there now. She turns 4600 RPM at 42 MPH. That is excessive for a lobster boat and I usually cruise about 30 MPH. I am a believer I not underpowering a boat as power will help overcome a rough situation. I have plowed the bow into a 12 ft. breaker and was able to push through it, however, it was something I would not care to repeat. I wish you success on your project and if you have any questions as you get into it I would be happy to guide you along. The picture in the Glen-L catalog on page 145 is our boat, the Talley-Ho IV.
John E. Talley