Hi Folks ,
As Rogue Wave wrote above - the SR 5.4 made last weekend the way home into my garage in Germany !!!
In this regard I want to say MANY THANKS to Stuart & Jasper who made this possible !
When I have seen the SR first time in september in Dover it was just a empty hull with new tubes and a not installed console but my decision was clear = THAT´S what I want !
I went back to Germany and the boat went back to Southampton to be completed . With Stuarts help a nice Osprey console was ordered but the big challenge was that I wanted to have a inbuilt 90 liter tank and the guys made it !
Furthermore I liked the idea of having a bow locker and also this was done in a excellent way !
Stuart also convinced me to look for a 90hp Yamaha which we found on the IOM .
Last weekend we met in Germany near river Rhein where we planned to test the boat .
With some “difficulties” we managed to meet and next early morning we pushed the boat from Stuart`s to my trailer .
I am aware that you guy`s are driving on the wrong side of the road but I did not know that you also put the boats with the stern front on a trailer !!
After the boat was sitting on my trailer with the bow front
we went to the river to launch the boat BUT – the water level in Germany`s biggest river was so low that the slipways were completely dry and the water far !
Fortunately I went there with my old but reliable G – Class and with 4x4 + diff locks we launched the boat .
After some hesitation the Yamaha did what it suppose to do and I made the first test on the water – WHAT A PLEASURE ! The Rhein is not the North Sea but the commercial ships making as well big waves – at least enough to have fun
With a standard 19” alu prop and the engine on the lowest hole , 90 liter petrol on board and myself with around +120kg the SR made without hesitation upstream 67km/h and downstream 73km/h measured with GPS @ 5000 rpm respectively @ 5200 rpm .
Now I am waiting very much for January when I take the boat to the Mediterranean Sea where I will complete the works and will test it on the sea .
In march I will meet there with Stuart again when at the Cote d`Azur the Mistral blows
Here a few pictures :