Just got back from a camping trip. It rained the whole time.
I've had good success with Doel-Fins on small, light boats in the past. Not very effective on bigger boats like Tom's boats. We'll see. I'm not concerned with a top end speed reduction. I mainly want to be able to cruise on plane at slower speeds. We'll see at the messabout. I won't have time to try it before then. I did try sitting forward in the cockpit when planing off and didn't see any benefit. The cockpit is too short to get very far forward. I didn't want to clutter-up the cockpit with steering and throttle either. The boat tracks well at planing speed and I can steer to some degree by leaning right or left---I mean, port or starboard. No need to hold onto the tiller. An occasional correction is all that's needed.
Of more concern is a comfortable way to sit. Gotta have a backrest. I'm waiting to sort out the trim situation first. I've got a place to mount a bass boat or helm seat, but it is pretty far back to not interfere with the seat hatches.
Tom, yep, she's light! I thought that she---HE!---looked a bit down by the stern compared to the bow. Mainly notice a high bow rise when coming on plane.
Graham (The Master), The anchor way up there, and my tools forward are helping. I'll try the Vienna sausage, too. I have some Linda Ronstadt C/Ds I could store there. And a bunch of Big Band cassettes. But My cassette player has died. Gotta find a new one! Gotta have my Glen Miller, Sinatra, and all the rest!
Oyster, we'll mess with it and see. Right now, the cooler will double as the step down into the cabin. Not a very big cooler, but enough for my Real Southern Sweet Tea and some Fanta grape cans. Cooled by a jug of frozen water. There isn't a good place for it up in the pointy end. Cheers back-at-ya!
Tiger, c'mon now. We've been all through why he doesn't have a mast and sail!
Steve, Miss Debbie doesn't cruise with me. Never has. Her only fault. She won't spend the night on the boat. That's why I built him so small. Only little old me to fit down below. If she did come, she could stay forward and be the trim ballast.
That's it for now. Great fun discussing all this stuff. And it will be even more fun having you guys come aboard to check-it-out up close and personal. See y'all then!