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Old 10 March 2017, 06:36   #1
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First Run Tomorrow

Well folks,

I have my first sea trial planned with the boat tomorrow, all the mechanical equipment have been overhauled and its time to see if she still floats!

I'll let ye know how it goes but for now let me say thank you for the help is getting to this point! There are still a lot of jobs to do int he refurb, including new electronics to install but this will be a big milestone!

George

BTW the previous owner send me this link of her in her former glory!

https://youtu.be/3B176UPRA0U
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Old 10 March 2017, 06:47   #2
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Hope it goes well! I hope to be on a "first run" with mine in spring!!
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Hope it goes well - enjoy :-)
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Good for you!...Nothing like it,Enjoy!
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Old 10 March 2017, 16:48   #5
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Old 11 March 2017, 12:02   #6
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So I had the first run out today. Thankfully no problems to report!

The towing rig... between the boat + navara its over 40 foot long!


The Wife & Kids!


Meeting the neighbors!!


Does she look a little low at the back?


Even my father took her for a run!


Once i get proper electronics installed i'll venture further but I'm happy for my first day out.

One question, when coming back on the trottle, she pulls to the right, any obvious reason for this?

George
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Glad to see you had a successful first trip, the weather and conditions look amazing!

I don't think she looks overly low in the water - on my similar 9m Ribtec, the first inch or two of the transom assembly are visible above the waterline at rest, and the tubes don't quite touch the surface, but I guess with the stern arch and rear mounted radar you have a bit more weight aft.

Did you have any way of measuring speed, or not until the new electronics are fitted? I get a top speed of 39kn out of mine flat out, don't think I've ever quite seen 40kn on the display!

Are you running a twin prop hydra drive, or single? With the contra rotating props on my Bravo III, I certainly don't get any pulling to either side at any time. Do you have trim tabs, if so were they operating correctly? Was she evenly loaded? And I assume the steering mechanisms are all solid, no air in the hydraulics, wear in the tiller arm, etc? I have seen some Bravo drives where wear in the tiller arm/steering pin can create some fairly vague steering that has a bit of a nature of it's own especially when coming off the power.
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No measure of speed yet, small bit choppy do kept revs around 2500. I'll have to wait another little while before I know what that translates to!

On the steering, no trim tabs, single prop. I'll double check all the steering elements, especially the steering tiller coupling and see how it goes. the steering is a little stiff anyways so I need to try loosen it out somehow!

Still happy with the first day and taste of what she can do!
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Looks very low to me on the stern.
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Old 13 March 2017, 05:13   #10
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The angle on the rear photo makes it look lower



That is more accurate! I still think its a little low but i don't see how it could be any higher!
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