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  1. OK256 in Vanuatu

    My wife Katrina with her first catch. A nice Wahoo caught off Hat Island
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Texas 200

    The ply lapstrake boat next to you in the first photo looks like a Welsford Navigator or it's bigger sister the Pathfinder. The Navigator design was my first build many years ago. How suited to the event was this craft?
  11. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Thank you for your comments. Definitely recreation. Where we are in Vanuatu is fantastic for boating. We are surrounded by great diving and snorkelling spots. The sportfishing possibilities are abundant with Tuna, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish etc etc. all within easy reach of Havannah Harbour where the boat will be moored. Can't wait!
  12. Outer Banks 26 #1

    I think that you will find that it is the man himself doing the headstand. Perhaps this is a carpal tunnel treatment? If he was facing towards the hull you could guess he was imagining it back where it was.......
  13. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Today we coaxed the boat on to it's trailer for the first time. We needed to get it on there so that we can install the console. The console does not fit between the rafters of our lean- to building area and the lowest section of the rear deck so outside she goes. We have finished most of the wiring throughout the hull and also i the console - now we just need to hook the two up together. We have a seat to build in the aft cockpit area and a T Top roof to finish but otherwise nearly done. Engine should be bolted on next week and the installer is expected in July to run it up. Are we a chance to be the first to get a 256 wet?
  14. OK256 in Vanuatu

    The "bumpers" are all timber. All the materials for this build apart from the B&B kit were sourced in Australia. The stainless was supplied by The 316 Shop in Mona Vale NSW. The ends were cut using the B&B suggested system of bending over a 40 degree form then turning over and cutting the bent bit off flush with the inside edges. This creates the rounded end as well as closing up the hollow back. It worked well and was not something I would have thought of trying without the helpful info from B&B.
  15. OK256 in Vanuatu

    Thanks Steve, We have been watching your meticulous work on the hull interior. Your comments on your own post make some sense too. Glassing the kit prior to assembly makes sense now. It's hard dirty work down in there but you can't ignore it. More wiring and systems installation tomorrow. Cheers.