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Old 05 May 2008, 14:47   #31
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Originally Posted by Erin View Post
The hatches are fitted between the centre backrest and the rear backrest. Albeit it's a little awkward to get to things right at the front of the pod, but it was the best compromise I could find. Photos will follow for those who are interested.

Yes, I remember Roy at Osprey saying there was someone in Guern interested in the Vipermax. What size has he gone for?
Its a 7m with a 200 Etec...should be fun..
We are hoping to collect it the same time as mine is built.

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Old 05 May 2008, 15:40   #32
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After a final push to get everything ready, and a good forecast, I decided it was time to put my pride and joy into the drink. I was going to wait until the end of the week, but the tides were good for an easy launch on the slip and the sea was calm for a maiden voyage. It was only a short 8nm trip from the slip to my mooring, but what a difference in the way she rides over my last boat. We were limited to no more than 4,000 rpm for running in, but I was happy to cruise at 3000 doing 21-22 kts for the shakedown. A very quick blast saw 40kts with ease and I doubt I was over 4500.

Only little surprise was that when tied up on the mooring the bottom of the engine bracket and the lower fixing bolts were submerged. I expected it to all be clear of the water on a long shaft. I'll have to keep an eye on any weed growth and somehow make sure the sealant around the transom bolts is 100%

Not the best photo in the world I must admit, but it was getting a little dark.

looks great, i bet you are really chuffed.

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Old 06 May 2008, 02:49   #33
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Originally Posted by Downhilldai View Post
Does she take much water over the transom when coming off the plane?
Didn't notice any coming over, but I was being a bit gentle on the first trip
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