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  1. Ocracoke 256 #3

    A couple of things that we could add here without trying to throw fuel on the fire. Since Sheila B is our first large planing power boat we are short on experience. Our engine installer, however, is a highly experienced and dedicated expert. His opinion on our boat was that it a. rode bow high .b should have a stern lifting prop rather than a bow lifting prop (which was what was suggested as a starting point) c. it could benefit from a bit of weight forward. The only weight forward of the fuel tank is a 60 litre fresh water bladder. Also we have the Zipwake "trim tab" interceptor system which either doesn't work properly or I have no idea how to drive it. For me personally I don't care that much because it goes like a rocket and handles any sea it has been in, rides smooth and dry and is just a load of fun. To me it is like roaring around in a sports car or alternately cruising quietly around the bays in a big lazy convertible. One thing that freaked me out a bit during the build was the line of the decorative piece that runs from swim platform forward (I am going to call it a strake and wait to be corrected on that). I had tried to build mine in a line from the platform and when the boat was moved out of the shed it looked like it was high forward and not parallel to the DWL. I went for the trusty Google search and found that this seems to be the common look on other boats of whatever manufacture that I saw. As you can see on the attached image this strake is not parallel to our water line and neither is George's and I think that exaggerates the bow high stance we are looking at. I don't know that they are meant to be parallel either but will wait for the response of the experts. I am sure George will get sorted very quickly and love every minute of boating in the 256. If he was buying gas in Vanuatu like we do then he probably wouldn't have put 2 175's on but that is a whole different story. Our single 200 will keep us poor enough. Looking forward to positive news.
  2. Ocracoke 256 #3

    Congratulations George, This build has been a journey that has taken a few turns but the result is simply spectacular. Wishing you lots of great times aboard. I wouldn't want to be the first one to get those beautiful teak decks bloody but you can't catch fish without it happening. She looks wonderful in the water and is a credit to you and all those that worked on her.
  3. An other OC20 build !!

    I used the same bow roller as you on the 256 and the same anchor design (but not the fancy stainless type). I attached the bow roller directly to the deck surface using machine screws epoxied in to the king plank. The anchor tucks up nicely under the bow. It just needed a hardwood block for the anchor shank to lay on. I don't have a good photo to show you but if you look at the launch posting you will see the setup with a temporary foam block under the shank. Might give you something to consider.
  4. An other OC20 build !!

    "Elusive" as in difficult to achieve your awesome standard of work. I try really hard to make a well finished boat but there is no way I can approach your standard. Frankly I don't know how you do it. Very well named!
  5. An other OC20 build !!

    Hi Lotus, The flat sections on your transom look like they are the mounts for interceptor type trim tabs like Zipwakes. If so I would be very interested to hear about performance once you launch. On the Ocracoke 256 the ones we have just don't perform any usable function and are not currently being switched on. That is not to say that they can't be sorted at some point. I thought that deploying them would balance the boat side to side and fore and aft. Deploying one side makes the boat turn in a circle! Any feedback later on would be welcome.
  6. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Hi Jay, Thank you for your concern. We woke yesterday to the rattling of the timber bi fold doors which always signals an earthquake. They are fairly regular events here but since we have spent our time here (about 8 years coming and going from Australia) they have always been the kind that produce a gentle swaying rather than a bad jolt. We had actually forgotten it happened until I read your post. Have not heard of any other repercussions. We especially don't want the new boat in a Tsunami!
  7. OK256 in Vanuatu

    My wife Katrina with her first catch. A nice Wahoo caught off Hat Island
  8. OK256 in Vanuatu

    On Tuesday 29th in the afternoon we were ready for our first sea trial after our engine man Craig Huett finalised the install. We launched without too much hassle, cracked the champagne and my wife Katrina christened her Sheila B after her late mother. The inevitable small sorting details were noted but otherwise she went really well. Love the Evinrude G2. We hit 40 knots in a light chop. The boat is very dry and easy to handle. Unfortunately we had no chase boat for on water shots but that will follow soon. I think we made it to be first ones on the water with an Ocracoke 256 but would have to have that confirmed by others. We are very much looking forward to enjoying some great times aboard.
  9. OK256 in Vanuatu

    " Do you have more pictures of the transom seating? I'm really interested in the concept of how it was constructed." Hi Carolina Flare - The seating at the transom area is very basic. There are two side "pods" house the batteries which come up above the sole . The tops form an entry step from the swim platform.The bench seat is made to drop in to place between these. It can be removed for access to bilge pumps, wiring unions etc. It would also suit removal for sport fishing if anyone wanted to stand closer to the support of the transom itself. The design came together a little bit at a time. It would have been so much better to have had the skill to design it properly before construction. That way it could have been built off the boat where a higher standard of finish would have been possible prior to install. Any photo I have of the process would be detrimental to the intending builder as I would do it all by a more efficient process if I had to do it again. All those wanting the boat at the Messabout can start contributing gas money!
  10. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Here are some pictures of our progress. We have gone as far as we can for now and have stopped until our engine installer comes at the end of the month. We will be doing sea trials before September. There is still detailing work to be done in the interior. Hopefully next post will see her in the water.
  11. Utah OB20

    We actually cut our 1" x 1" in to 1" x 1/2" to get it to go around the frames on our Ocracoke 256. I don't think you are facing the same amount of flair in the bow that we were dealing with though. On some of the larger stringers we boiled up a big pot of water and put old towels in then wrapped them around the timber at the critical bend. You can almost feel the timber relax as you coax it in to place. By the time the towels are cool enough to handle they have usually done their job. This is probably a "wetter"method than steaming and we have always left the glue until next day. Can't say this method will have general support but it seemed to work for us. Happy bending.
  12. An other OC20 build !!

    Yes this is very helpful information. Unfortunately, like Tim, we went thru the pain of cutting them from timber. I have a feeling that you will be pressed for finer details of your method by those also facing this task. Great work as always.
  13. Ocracoke 256 #3

    Wow! What a thing of beauty. I used to show my crew the early progress shots of this build for instruction and inspiration. This build has exceeded our capabilities in so many areas that we can only look on in admiration. Hoping it brings you great satisfaction.
  14. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Had the chance to mount the engine on Friday so went ahead. Still working on interior details which are not photo worthy as yet. Unfortunately the transom reflects the unfinished work on the swim platform but that is getting close to completion.
  15. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Some progress shots. Console fitted, wiring and systems ready for final connection. Working on T Top but it is not photo worthy yet. Enjoying working outside where you can actually stand up occasionally.
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