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.
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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.
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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!

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3 Comments »

  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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