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Old 06 March 2014, 23:27   #61
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+1 yes it is!! Really glad i was there. Big morale booster to hear it.
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Old 07 March 2014, 02:12   #62
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Very nice!

that's a big engine...
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Old 08 March 2014, 14:01   #63
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Congrats, Clloyd!

Lovely sound.

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Old 12 March 2014, 23:16   #64
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Thx everyone.

So today we FINISHED!!! I even had ncp on this forum stop by for a visit.

It was not easy especially at the end. Yesterday literally everything went wrong. I am out of time and yesterday I didn't think the boat would even go.

1. Starter kept disengaging. Mag switch was fried from jumping it when we tested it out of the boat. But that took hours to figure out.

2. After that. Engine would crank but wouldn't start in the boat. We finally traced it down to the key switch which was basically cranking the engine while shutting it down at the same time. Using the wrong accessory lead. My fault and particular problem with electronic engines. Since nothing went wrong as far as engine was concerned, no Fault codes either.

3. First prop wasn't clearing drive housing on Konrad 560. We think they forgot a final machining step on that prop. That was finally resolved today by machining a relief on the outside forward edge of prop housing.

That's a high level of the majors with tons of minor issues in between. But in the end, everything works. The quality of the work done is impeccable, so the final result is what matters. Nice when the prop problem happened, the shop is capable enough to machine the prop correctly in < 1 hr.

Sea trial is next and fingers crossed.

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You'd better charge that gopro for the sea trial on Friday!!!
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Old 13 March 2014, 00:06   #66
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Looks fantastic!

When are you heading home, you live way up north don't you? Let me know I'd you come up the 101 past SLO.

I can feel your pain, I'm two weeks away from being done and am not sure ill ever get any closer.

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Old 13 March 2014, 23:36   #67
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Gopro is charged. Now i need to figure out how to use it.

I am headed north this weekend but stopping in tahoe (winterization needed). Then carrying on up 87 to Hood River and over many mountain passes. The way down was very cold and stormy. Hopefully not so bad on the way up.
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Old 18 March 2014, 12:52   #68
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Alright well we finished on Weds last week. I took a lay day on Thurs and we seatrialed on Fri.

Here's the scoop. Seastate was fairly lumpy and confused ocean swell which it was hard to do top speed for long before we chickened out. Boat was jumping the swell ie. under control and smooth.

Boat is off the hook now, completely different than before. At 1800 rpm we are doing mid 24kts. This is incredibly quiet and smooth and we could have a conversation in a normal voice, the turbo hasn't spooled up much yet.

At 2200 rpm we are doing 30kts and still very civil.

When we gunned it WOT we hit 38.5 kts into the swell which BTW was exactly the predicted top speed. I only held it for a few secs before backing off. My crew not being used to fast boats was literally hands shaking after a few WOT runs and asked for mercy.

Going with the swell we saw 39kts. The boat was intentionally underpropped at top end to give better bottom end acceleration. The acceleration is eye popping and instant.

The Konrad twin prop is a completely different beast than the 520. It's a full 4" shorter which gives it less drag. It's unbelievably grippy with absolutely 0 hesitation and 0 cavitation. It doesn't torque the boat to one side like the 520 either.

The drivetrain was so quiet and smooth. The boat also feels like it is gliding better in the water whereas with the 520 you really felt the drag of the drive.

I'm gushing but really I was surprised at the difference.

Now as far as go pro. I FORGOT to bring IT!!! Whoops.

We tried the iPhone method and got some unsteady video at 25kts but after that, my film crew needed to hold on and the iPhone wasn't happening.

I'll try again when I am back home and update the thread.

Here's the shaky iPhone vid



Heading Home....Beautiful Day near Mammoth
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Old 18 March 2014, 13:09   #69
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yeah it's been ugly out there. That thing sounds freaking amazing!!
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Old 18 March 2014, 14:38   #70
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I'm still a bit bitter that only got to use the boat for a quick seatrial while I was down there. Will be back next year to check out the Channel Islands.
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