Boatbuilding Blog

May 30, 2010

Maiden Voyage

Filed under: Day Trips — tomlarkin @ 12:59 am

The wind came up, and with it rain and a nasty little chop, so we figured it was a perfect time for a first trip. We cruised slowly south down Lake Washington to the Starbucks at Carillon Point.  The motion was easy and we took turns napping down below on the bed. I have the high-thrust motor and propeller (13.2 inch diameter), and it has incredible torque. I was backing out of the marina and got too close to another boat. Shifting to forward and gunning it a bit reversed the boat direction instantly.

At hull speed, about 7 miles per hour, she hardly kicks up a wake. She cruises at that speed at 3000 RPM, or about half-throttle.

Anything above that and she starts to squat and makes a nice wake. I took her up to 11 MPH briefly, and I guess she’ll do 13 or 14 if needed.




According to the GPS, we went about 17 miles that day, and used up less than four gallons of gas. About 4.5 miles per gallon. Not too bad for a 6500 pound boat!




  1. Yahoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Poppa Cotta — May 30, 2010 @ 1:54 am

  2. Great looking boat. Congrats!!

    Comment by Bryan — May 30, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  3. Well I have been following you on your boat build for some time. All I can say is very nice and congratulations.

    Comment by Tim — June 10, 2010 @ 4:10 am

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