Originally Posted by Viper
I hope the battery and oil tank positions are only temporary....
Yep. They were only placed at the back until optimal console/seat arrangement is sorted.
I had the priviledge of trialling the boat in the Solent on Wednesday from its new base at Drivers Wharf.
It was powered by a Johnson 150 two stroke which gave it fair performance but I think it needs 200/225. At 5000rpm, which was WOT, it was pulling 39knots with 3/4 fuel load and two passengers. Prop pitch was a bit coarse to get max revs. In turns it gripped really well and had a soft ride over the chop. It started planing at 8knots.
For me, the console needs moving forward six inches and the seats moving a tad closer to the console. It also needs back rests fitted to divide the two man seats up and give the driver some support. Stationary stability was as good as it gets with a deep V, due to the beam of the boat. The ride was very dry considering the weather.
After a few minor niggles are sorted (bigger scuppers, softer seats, a better design for the cable trunking, thicker stainless for the screen protector etc), I think Shakespeare will do well with this design.