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Old 27 March 2015, 18:36   #11
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Yeah, looks good. I've never helmed one of those-whats it like with that odd hull shape?
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Old 28 March 2015, 11:54   #12
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Nice job, Phil. Boat looks sweet. Your workmate looks pretty happy as well.

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Old 28 March 2015, 12:52   #13
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Old 30 March 2015, 07:15   #14
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Yeah, looks good. I've never helmed one of those-whats it like with that odd hull shape?
It's an unbelievably dry ride. The swell and waves were reasonable on Friday, up to about a meter and I don't think we got a drop of water in the boat. It turns very flat, as you might expect but is very stable when stationary, which is perfect for diving. It has a reasonable 1.3m internal beam, so plenty of deck space too. I was always under the impression from previous trips with the original owner and since I bought it that it tended to slam a little in rough water. While not the best hull for really rough weather, having been out with somebody with a lot more experience than I, it seems that with the right helmsman it is not too uncomfortable at all. It really picks up quickly and with a blip of throttle is almost instantly on the plane, although that may be more down to the silent beast on the transom.

I was reading about 1.7 miles per liter at 25mph, so pretty frugal too.

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Old 30 March 2015, 09:20   #15
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That's quite impressive!
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Old 02 April 2015, 03:17   #16
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Would you ever think about using your new Mercury 115hp with a tiller handle on that boat? I'm thinking about getting a 530 pro and converting it to a tiller instead of a steering setup for space and weight. I fish and hunt out of my SU-16 currently and would miss all that space... Thanks.
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Old 02 April 2015, 07:45   #17
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Would you ever think about using your new Mercury 115hp with a tiller handle on that boat? I'm thinking about getting a 530 pro and converting it to a tiller instead of a steering setup for space and weight. I fish and hunt out of my SU-16 currently and would miss all that space... Thanks.
I really don't know how it would be but it's quite a lot of power for a tiller isn't it? The biggest tiller outboard I've used was 40hp so honestly can't say. There is a lot of engine movement when you rev quickly though and that makes me think it might be a bit of a hand full. With hydraulic steering I get no feedback from the wheel to judge it on.

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The new big tiller has power steering so I think it should be good as far as the steering response right? I wonder what the difference between hydrolic and power steering is? Do you think the weight in the back of the boat would make it unbalanced? What speed do you have to be going before getting on step? If this is a problem I've thought about buying trim tabs as well.
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If the tiller version is damped to take some of the steering forces then that will probably be ok. I assume they wouldn't make it if you couldn't realistically steer it. Power wise, i saw some youtube footage of like for like boats with the 115 4st versus a 125 or 135 opti and the 115 was quicker off the mark and faster overall (and used less fuel). In the 530, it gets the boat on the plane incredibly quickly and is extremely responsive, considering i haven't used full throttle yet. I'm not sure what t he planing speed is but the forecast looks good for sunday so will take a look. I have shifted the console and tank as far forward as possible to keep the balance but this is quite a light engine so the boat seems well balanced. Its not much heavier than my old 75 clamshell and aux. Sadly the aux wont fit the transom with the new engine so i really hope it is reliable!

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Old 20 June 2015, 15:34   #20
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I've finally got a few more hours on the engine and pushed full throttle with a light load. We hit 66kph (just over 40 kph or 35kts) in a light chop. I reckon given better conditions to play with the trim i could get a few more out of it. Revs at 5500 but i don't know if this hit the limiter or not. A prop change might up it too but not sure i need more speed. Hotshot is blindingly fast. Just a shame this summer has so far been so poor for boating.

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