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Old 04 May 2008, 14:59   #1
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Launched today

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.
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Old 04 May 2008, 15:11   #2
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Well done - no wonder it's so fast - that's quite a big engine for a 6.5m!!!

Tubes just kissing the water at rest is ideal.
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Old 04 May 2008, 15:25   #3
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That looks just right. Just make sure you inspect your lower bracket anode frequently. However, I will never understand why anyone would keep a 50K+ boat on a saltwater mooring when you could trailer it. After a year or two the maintenance costs really start to go up.
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Old 04 May 2008, 15:35   #4
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However, I will never understand why anyone would keep a 50K+ boat on a saltwater mooring when you could trailer it. After a year or two the maintenance costs really start to go up.
It's tidal so it's only coroding for half the time . Anyhow, France is only 25 mins away, I can be there after work in the time it would take to launch if I kept it on a trailer

Assuming that's 50K in US$, then your'e about spot on. Self build, and no VAT the final bill came to somewhere hovering just over 24K
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I can understand the convenience aspect. and I am sure you will tend to use the boat more, which is good. 24K pounds is great well done after what I am sure was a lot of hard work.
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Old 04 May 2008, 15:52   #6
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A couple of days ago.
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Old 04 May 2008, 16:00   #7
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Looks good . But I think you have contracted Hightower syndrome with that double console. Why? It does not make sense to me. Can't get to the bow easily and makes it look like a double decker bus.
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Old 04 May 2008, 16:30   #8
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Erin,

It looks really good !!, what seat pods are you using?

Also your seat upholstery is that standard or did you get it done locally?

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Looks good . But I think you have contracted Hightower syndrome with that double console. Why? It does not make sense to me. Can't get to the bow easily and makes it look like a double decker bus.
I got fed up with trying to work on a small console and fit everything on as well. Mine opens up for maintenace and is also a good windbreak. When I was diving getting to the bow was important but now? Just when mooring which is only a rarity compared to travelling along in comfort. It is hardly a problem with the high level rail steping around when needed.
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Old 04 May 2008, 17:05   #10
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Congratulations! A Beautiful Boat, Really like these Osprey Vipermax's
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I like it too but would have to echo the thoughts about leaving it on a mooring. I don't have the nerves for that myself.......
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Old 04 May 2008, 17:57   #12
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Good looking boat
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Looks good . But I think you have contracted Hightower syndrome with that double console. Why? It does not make sense to me. Can't get to the bow easily and makes it look like a double decker bus.
I guess it helps if you're supple! Double is the way to go - one needn't aggravate one's arthritis conversing with the crew....
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Big consoles make perfect sense to me - and not just because I'm 10 foot tall!

Compare the amount of time you spend sitting behind the console, to the amount of time you spend in the bow. I know where my priority would be. Why waste all that space?

Stepping on the tube to go forward really isn't a big deal, especially if you have some decent grab rails on the console.

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Old 05 May 2008, 02:05   #15
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Hi Erin,I understand you can now buy clear spray antifoul my freind has used it on his mercruiser leg but you would obviously have to apply it out of the water.Regards Peter.
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Oh and cracking looking boat
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Old 05 May 2008, 03:11   #17
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Looks good . But I think you have contracted Hightower syndrome with that double console. Why? It does not make sense to me. Can't get to the bow easily and makes it look like a double decker bus.
We aren't blessed with the sub-tropical climate you have

As stated before, there are many resons for a large console, ease of gaining access to everything inside, plenty of room to surface mount electrical items, shelter from the elements, plenty of storage inside.....Etc .. etc .. etc
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Keith, she's looking fantastic mate.

Is the bracket from the engine sitting in the water by quite a bit?
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Old 05 May 2008, 04:48   #19
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She is sitting a little lower at the stern than most 6.5m Vipermaxes. They generally have their tubes out of the water, at rest but your 200 Soozook is quite a bit (40kg) heavier than the 200 optimax, as used by Hugh Jardon & Bedajim.
Looks good - well done
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I see no grab handles. How are your passengers gonna stay in the thing? Those double jockeys are next to useless as there's no backrest/grab handle in the middle. One of the main reasons I changed boats was to give all of our kids a single jockey and a grab handle each. That way they stay in and feel secure in rougher water. The console will have a grab handle on the passenger side to keep the Missus held in.
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