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Old 15 June 2004, 03:36   #21
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Great boat. Congrats swginn.
I also like the Silver Merc what number plate is that??
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Old 15 June 2004, 04:12   #22
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Old 15 June 2004, 07:41   #23
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Looks great, i'll be interested to hear what top speed you get... what prop are you running, 19" or 21" i assume?

I'm getting 46knts @5200rpm with a 21", but i suspect my osprey is a slightly deeper V than yours...hope you make the magic 50!

Great engine, 110hrs now and... still think it was the best choice.
Thanks Daniel,

I'm running a 21" Laser 2 just like yourself. My hull is a variable deep V which flattens slightly at the stern for a bit more top end, Deadrise is 23 degrees right at the transom.

I've just finished putting on my 3rd coat of Safe Boat Skin wax, which should give me an extra 1-2 kts. So yes I am hoping for the magic 50!! Boat can't go into the water until 8hrs after the last coat is applied. I'll be applying it this evening, so launch is looking like Wednesday evening. Will let you know how I get on.

Oh and after hearing her and just seeing the big V6 block on the transom I know she was the best choice!!
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Old 15 June 2004, 10:05   #24
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My hull is the complete opposite - antifouled, do you really think it makes 1 or 2 knts difference?
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Old 15 June 2004, 12:19   #25
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Well, I really won't be able to tell as I've got the wax on now and haven't had her in the water yet. I've heard some great reports about it in Cork and they were from people who's opinions I value, and with no connection to any marine trade. They all gained one or two kts. I'll see how I go with this anyway. I'm not really putting it on for speed, just to keep all that crap off my lovely new hull!!

I got 4 coats on from only half a bottle so that works out at 40 (26 stg). I thought I'd need 2 bottles but thh stuff just seems to last forever.

Safe Speed Skin claims performance gains of 6-8% but with no "antifouling" properties. Might get my buddy to buy some of that and swap him my half bottle for half of his!!

Oh there's a money back guarantee as well, so I've got nothing to lose.
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Old 18 June 2004, 17:49   #26
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Wow nice boat...I am sure Daniel and I will soom be welcoming you to the my Opti Flikked me out of the boat club.
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Swginn,
hope this weekend you get to see how she handles.
I have read some articles on setting up the engine on ribs off centre 4cm or so to counteract torque to make the handling better.
Is this the case on yours or do you think centering it is best?
I am putting my own new Suzuki on my XS 5.5 and am interested to see if other members think it actually makes a big difference,
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Old 19 June 2004, 05:53   #28
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Ok, just a quick few words as I'm going out on her at 1130. Had her out last night. She is very well balanced, sure-footed and gives a lovely dry ride. The wettest I got all nite was when launching her as the slip gradient was quite shallow. I couldn't really test the performance of her that much as I had my mother on board for her maiden voyage, but even she was happy with the boat as the deep V coped very well with the chop.

I did get the chance for a quick blast though and Rogue, I can see what you mean about off-boat excursions!!!! Acceleration is phenomenal, engine note is sweet. I'm very pleased with the hull also, it grips the water very well in tight turns with no sign of stepping out.

Will try to get some real testing done today, but I fear I will be swamped by family again. Will scare them a bit anyway.
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Old 20 June 2004, 19:11   #29
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She floats!!

Some pics of her in the water. Unfortunately I've no exciting ones yet, have been concentrating on driving her first. As soon as I get some exciting ones I will post them. Bought a new 5hp 2str auxillary and 2.3m tender also off the guys at Marine Motors Cork. Great lads, thanks particularly to Dave Venner. Some of ye may have seen their training boat at RIBEX, a black/navy cabin Redbay Stormforce.

1) at the marina at Crosshaven Boat Yard

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3) At Clippers pub marina in Cobh

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Old 25 June 2004, 11:19   #30
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Hit 43 knots (50mph) today with a full tank and 6 on board!! This was at 4800rpm with the throttle lever not at full throttle (it was at about 4/5 throttle) She should rev to about 5750 so the magic 50 should be well within reach with a light boat!!

It was a bit choppy so I didn't want to go any faster with 6 on board plus the Optimax gauges had a bit of an influence too. Was doing as little as .7nmiles per litre at one stage!!
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