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Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:38 pm
by Aussie
Last ones

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:44 am
by JimmY
Looks great.

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:50 am
by TomB
Stunning, boat, trailer, attention to detail! All the screw heads lined up, eye tucked under the guard, wonderful. Tom

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:46 pm
by Aussie
Windshield brackets finally arrived.

Have been waiting over 4 months for them from time of order.
Couriers lost them for about 5 weeks, then they mysteriously turned up again at the chrome platers.

Now to make up a template and trial to see what we are happy with.

Any ideas?

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 2:05 pm
by Aussie
Finished off the ends of the Rubrail at the transom, ended up using a hammer and dolly to beat them over for a rounded edge and then polish.

Also made up a bow cap for the front rubrail, this one took a bit to get sitting correctly but think I am happy with it, would have preferred to have a nice welded joint in a single piece right through but the cut water wouldn’t allow me to do that, so made the cover.

I have the next 9 days off work to work on the boat full time!
Going to be. A busy week!

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:33 pm
by Aussie
Still going forward (it as quick as I had hoped)

I have fitted the fuel tank and system through to the engine, tank was not fun trying to work around in that small area.

I had to make up some stainless steel vent adapters for the bulge blower hose to vent out through the rear vents.

Have fitted the blowers, rear bilge pump, battery box and completed all the terminating of cables in the rear of the boat.
Have a couple of runs to the engine and then will start on the dash and gauges.

My sign writer came yesterday and fitted the rego stickers ( By the way Aussie Belle is now a registered vessel)!

This guy does work way to cheap! Looks great and got to pick my own number combination.

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:34 pm
by Aussie

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 4:39 pm
by jenko
Not long now bet you can taste it :D

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:39 pm
by Aussie
Yep. Keen as to get on the water

Official invite has gone out,

Anyone on here is welcome.

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:43 pm
by Bill Edmundson

I wish we could!


Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:50 am
by Dave NZ
Hi Jamie, wow great work.

I wanted to pass on a learning I had with my Tahoe 20 trailer and the winch post... in case it helps.

The way my boat is set up when I float the boat off/onto the trailer the bow actually drops down below its final on-trailer level. This is with the stern floating. I guess its easier to explain it as the keel pivots down at the bow and up at the stern when it starts floating.

I had the boat bow eye about 100mm above the bow snub on the trailer and on a boat ramp the bow eye dropped onto the top of the trailer snub plate and rubber block with the stern floating. Had to lift the bow eye off the block with two of us lifting which I didnt like of course.

I fixed it with another keel roller and moving the bow block above the boweye.

Hopefully this is a non-issue for you.

Tahoe 20 - NZ

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:05 pm
by Aussie
Thanks Dave,

Hopefully this will not be an issue for me.
I understand what you mean and had a look at a photo of your beautiful build on trailer and can see how it could occur.

One thing that will be an advantage with the Belle is that I have a vertical bow, so I only need to come back off the winch post by 40mm and it will be free from the stopper.
One other advantage is that two of the support timbers run nearly all the way up front, so shouldn’t allow it to drop (hopefully).

Guess I will find out in about 2 weeks when she finally hits the water!

Also hoping that sitting nice and low on the trailer helps with an easy launch


Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:08 am
by mrintense
Looking really great Jamie. Good luck with the final home stretch. Those mechanicals look professionally done. Congratulations.

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:03 pm
by Milhouse
Looking Great!

Re: Aussie Belle

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:17 pm
by Aussie
Hi all,

Got to take the Belle out for her first drive yesterday to fill up with petrol.

I then came home and checked over the fluids, installed my overflow bottle and fired her up for the first time.

Starts and runs great, everything works, all the gauges are reading as they should so very happy chap!