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Old 18 December 2003, 12:36   #1
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Trim / Chine walking / Engine height

I have found that top-banana gives a very wet ride unless i trim the engine out a fair bit, i think this is because trim "0" is infact less than vertical and i am diging the bow in too much. The trim gauge runs between "0" and "10" at which point you lift off the top of the rams and into trailer position. I am finding "2" gives a lot drier ride...

...however, when trimed out i find there is a tendancy to 'chine walk' and feel a little unstable - to avoid this i seam to have to get very wet by trimming in.

My questions are this:

1) Any comments at-all
2) Is this linked to the height of my outboard on the transom?
3) Any people got an idea at what level of trim they normally 'use' in a moderate following sea trying to maintain, say, 30 knts.
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Old 18 December 2003, 12:57   #2
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Jwalkers comments I found very useful

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...s&pagenumber=6

Might help

and a VERY GOOD THREAD

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Old 18 December 2003, 13:14   #3
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Thanks paul

Quote:
Originally posted by jwalker
Anything which helps to keep the engine under control will be good. Very tight steering with as little as possible free play will help
This could be what it is, i've still got a little air in the steering, and i'd forgotten about it

Watch this space.
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Old 18 December 2003, 13:23   #4
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Used to have a Osprey viper 7.2m with an 165hp yamaha inboard diesel, great boat & it provided many days of fun but it is simply a wet ride, not as wet as the deltas!!, but still wet, changed it for a 8.4m red bay, lost the fun factor but at least I am staying dry.

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Old 18 December 2003, 13:53   #5
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Sea Treks what speed did you get from the Viper please. I have a 165 Yamahs and am thinking about an Osprey Hull.

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Old 18 December 2003, 14:43   #6
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Daniel,

I used to have a 5.95m Osprey viper with a Yam 115. The only modification I had the builder make was to move the console and 30 Gal tank back 10" to give a central position to drive from. The boat had superb handling and I have yet to find another rib which provided such confidence to all those who drove her. she deffinately wasn't a wet ride and would confidentally drive the nose into the back of a wave knowing she would ride up the wave and over the top.

How much weight have you got up the front in the anchor locker ?
also what sort of speed are you experiencing chine walk ?

Sounds like you might need a little weight in the back end, try a couple of friends. as you suggest it could also be caused by the height of the engine. Easy enough to raise and lower it until you find the best position. Is the engine on the centre line ?


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Thanks for the ideas Pete, in order of the points you have raised:

confidentally drive the nose into the back of a wave knowing she would ride up the wave and over the top.

I have the same confidence - thats one of the things i love so much about the osprey, it just keeps inspiring more and more confidence infact...it's just i'm getting wet!

How much weight have you got up the front in the anchor locker ?

Quite a lot - large anchor and chain etc.
Not that much in the rear, but 200Kg of engine, which i beleive is on the limit for the 6m osprey.

also what sort of speed are you experiencing chine walk ?

I'm not sure it is a classic case of chine walking, but similar. I'm yet to experience it on the flat, but i would say in a moderate following sea i can feel it at 35knts +

Sounds like you might need a little weight in the back end, try a couple of friends.

Yes, console and 220li fuel tank are quite far forward. Trouble finding friends to come out this time of year. I need sunshine and a flat day to diagnose further i feel.

as you suggest it could also be caused by the height of the engine. Easy enough to raise and lower it until you find the best position. Is the engine on the centre line ?

Engine is offset quite a lot, couple of inches. Never had hyd. steering before so not used to not 'knowing' what speed engine is neutral at.

I do feel the air causing a little play in the steering might be a big factor. I'll pull her out this weekend and sort that - i've a few more finishing touches to do anyway.
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Dan, why don't you ring Mr. Osprey himself. Gary Mirley 01902 606777. I am sure he will be able to advise you on set-up.

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Chine walking at 35knots is a serious handling problem. Presuming the hull design, rigging etc. to be sound it is more likely to happen when there is not much hull left in the water. In fact, trimming the bow down a tad will increase the water line length and can often settle the boat. Going fast with too much load in the stern can induce it. Although it doesn't follow your description but, particularly since you say the boat is heavy in the bow, are you sure it's not steering by the bow? This is worse in a following sea. The boat does not rock from side to side, it tends to veer off course and needs to be corrected quickly but it can then veer off to the opposite side. Slowing down calms it. Just a thought.

2" offset is a lot too for a 6mtr boat. Your thrust line is way to the side.

I would expect a boat to be able to cruise 'hands off' at about 35 - 40knots in good sea conditions.

As for the boat being wet; doesn't the Viper have limited overhang of the tubes over the hull? Nothing to deflect the water downwards?
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Old 18 December 2003, 16:58   #10
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Hi Rogue wave, we managed to get an average of 40knts, I was very happy with the old girl and can confirm she never chime walked with me, but as the years creep on you need a bit of comfort, have just ordered an 11m (twin yam 270hp) Redbay Stormforce with seating for 12 and sleeping for 2, had considered 2 x Yanmar 300hp but had a bad time with the bravo 3x drive, we hope to touch 40 knts with the new boat. Cheers
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