Kevin (from Solent) and I took her from Portsmouth out past the forts yesterday. Kevin took her straight up to 49.3 knots on the GPS once in the open water. I did not quite have the bottle for that, but we took off a number of times when I was at the helm doing a much more modest 35 knots. Delightful sea conditions with the mildest of chops, sunny - a thoroughly excellent experience.
She feels safe and secure (and very fast with a half fuel tank and 2 up). The engine sounds delightful - my worries about noise being totally unfounded. The tinted raised windscreen is a delight to shelter behind when running at 30+ knots. Centre throttle feels very comfortable, and enables me to hold a secure throttle position during the bumps.
A few trivial changes still to do, mainly to do with my 6hp 4 stroke auxiliary. We have decided we are going to reverse mount it on the inside of the transom, over the auxilliary fuel tank. It is light enough to reverse and remount 'normally' on the outside of the transom. Lee has rigged a fuel line so I can fuel it from either the auxilliary or main fuel tanks. We ran it in Camber Dock using the main engine as a rudder, and could make good headway and manoevre fine. Only problem is that it slightly crushes one of the horseshoes, but, hey....
Hope to collect her on Wednesday - biggest worry is negotiating the roundabout outside Fairweather marine. She seems huge on her trailer!