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Old 21 September 2011, 05:29   #11
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no lead

Hello Gohelm,

A freind of mine has had the same thing and has put sand in a sandbag under his bow locker. in dutch "hij heeft gestabiliseerd zand in zn locker gedaan en dat blijft goed zitten zonder schade"
Just look at the structure of the boat that you devide (verdelen) the weight well.

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Old 21 September 2011, 08:02   #12
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We used to use a sandbag in our old dory (horrid boat) to keep the bow down.

Can't quite see, but another option is to fit a bench or locker in front of the console which could house other stuff that has weight, spare fuel tank, liferaft etc

Re wet feet, really you need to make a well at the rear of the boat for the bilge to sit in.

Nice boat by the way.
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Old 21 September 2011, 10:51   #13
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We used to use a sandbag in our old dory (horrid boat) to keep the bow down.

Can't quite see, but another option is to fit a bench or locker in front of the console which could house other stuff that has weight, spare fuel tank, liferaft etc

Re wet feet, really you need to make a well at the rear of the boat for the bilge to sit in.

Nice boat by the way.
Hi paul

thanks suggestion but i think there will be no room for an additional bench or locker in the bow.

wiik - diverbert(moi!) : Thanks for your imput. I am considering to laminate simple lead pellets with epoxy resin in the anchor locker and then laminate some additional glass on top of it. That way it's kept simple and not bouncing around the boat doing damage of some kind, provided proper prep work prior laminating.

paul ; I agree with the wet feet comment; We had substantial 'stern to wind time' last weekend with short steep waves, resulting in a little swimming pool, and yes i need a lowered bilge of some kind plus a construction of some kind at the lowered transom to prevent water ingress via the stern.

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Old 21 September 2011, 13:41   #14
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You say you have the battery in your new stern locker. Would it not be possible to move this forward to the console. Losing 25kg at the stern and gaining 25 near the front would be almost the same as putting 50kg in the bow locker.
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Great point re batteries. Don't most large 2strokes have 2 batteries too? We do.
May also be best to have them in the console raised above the tube line/water line if swamped. Many a waterproof hatch isn't waterproof when swamped!
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You say you have the battery in your new stern locker. Would it not be possible to move this forward to the console. Losing 25kg at the stern and gaining 25 near the front would be almost the same as putting 50kg in the bow locker.
Good point , however the battery placement is a heritage of the old inboard engine. Repositioning implies a lot of rewiring however will investigate!
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Great point re batteries. Don't most large 2strokes have 2 batteries too? We do.
May also be best to have them in the console raised above the tube line/water line if swamped. Many a waterproof hatch isn't waterproof when swamped!
Have 2 optimas in the back both are still heritage of the inboard. Having separate juice for (4stroke) engine and for board electrics is very convenient - the present hatch is very waterproof when swamped but will be likely (depends on if moving batteries forward as erin suggested) replaced by a freeman hatch (i'm a bit paranoia on having water in the hull)
With 2 x 2 sets of radio's in the console plus a number of other gizmo's in it, the console seems not the ideal place for the batteries. plus putting 30 kilo of material that high will not help keeping center of gravity low as possible and deadscared they will start cruising aroundover there.
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An update on works on the boat after using the outboard for half a season:

The 2nd jockeyseat takes shape (although longer than the forward one, since it needs to cover both fuel lines and tank hatch) and so does the new flooring and bilge. We changed the gps to a flushmount on top of the instruments (which layout not finished) . The hatches (they are perfect for the job Chubby, thanks!!!!) include a double locker under the floor (which is in fact the former engine bay). Also some changes to the radio's I but will get to that later... Happy Xmas to you all!!!
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Hi, I might be way off beam, but with a long shaft motor you could be running with the engine too low. (looking at the build pictures seemed to confirm this but is it hard to tell) This will but extra strain on the transom and increase bow lift and drag while reducing economy and top speed.

Take a look at this article,

Propping correctly & how to test props.....

Apologies if you are already miles ahead on this one but is seems a shame to add weight or move things around when lifting the motor a couple of holes could make all the difference.

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Sorry another thought, a stern lifting prop such as a 4 blade Rev 4 could also make a big difference to the trim and allow you to plane easier and at lower speed.
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