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Everything posted by keen2buildagain

  1. I couldn't be more happy with the 70 Tohatsu 2 stroke, I can easily get 5 people and gear for a day on the water up and running with no problems and anyone having to move forward to get her to plane. At 4000 RPM I get 20-21 Knots and at full revs (5200) with 3 people on board just under 27 knots. 90% of the 20 foot boats I see on the water have motors on them 100 HP upwards! You shouldn't go wrong with (in my opinion) a 60 or 70HP, depending on your intended use of the boat.
  2. Looking good Casey!! I did the same as you have done with mine.... When I did my OB's keel I put a full length keel band on it from 25 x 5 316 SS flat bar and polished it up. If I was to do it again, I would have put a half round Dee mould type at least from the stem down to the forefoot. My flat bar tends to push some water forward in a following sea and ends up spraying it into the cockpit. (Not a lot but enough to annoy the crew!) Trev
  3. Hi Bob, I can vouch for the OB-20's style, performance and all round fine sea keeping ability. I have used mine in the creeks, across the bay and around Magnetic island (just off shore from home). With Grahams blessing and advice, I ended up putting a 70hp on mine and with 6 people in it, will sit on 20 knots @ 3900-4100 RPM (depending on sea conditions). Other 20Ft glass boats have 150 Hp upwards on them. For my use in the waters around Townsville, she has turned out to be a great boat and a real head turner at the ramp. My advice???? just do it!
  4. Hi Guys, Thought you all maybe interested in my version of a fold down shade canopy for the timber tub... the front and back stays, once unlocked via hinged tube fittings, fold up and then after the nut on the rear of the gunnel plates are undone, the whole thing pivots forward to rest on the bow plate. A bit confusing at first, but the only way it will fit in my shed. it looks a tad tall but with the low sides of the OB-20 and the fact that I am 6'-9"........ ? I have no say in the matter! Stay safe Trev
  5. Dave Although the quality of the video is a bit poor, you will get the idea of how my hull sits. This was taken on the weekend and the motor was trimmed all of the way in. It feels like she needs a bit more trim in, but I am going to fit a foil to the motor which should solve this. All said and done, the hull performed great. On the way to the fishing hut we had about approx 300 Kg's of weight plus 3 people and she rose onto the plane quite easily. Fuel consumption..... only used about 40 Lts for the 4 days which is not much more than the two other boats on the trip. Sitting on 4200 RPM we maintained 20 Knots, top speed fully loaded was approx 26 Knots, which with the 70Hp was true testament to Grahams hull design. Trev Hut trip movie.MOV
  6. Hey Dave, Do you have any videos of the vessel underway?
  7. Hi Dave, She sits in the water nicely, where about did you position your tank/s? I agree with Oyster comment re the reports....keep them coming. Trev
  8. lenm Sorry no pics yet but I will next chance I get.... They are aluminium and a simple rectangular shape with Tohatsu fuel fittings on the delivery and the breather. Trev
  9. Here is (hopefully) a short Video of the boat at the local marina on an overcast day. 3 people and 60Lts fuel, no effort in getting onto the plane..... IMG_0356.MOV IMG_0356.MOV
  10. Lenm Yes there is enough room for a 60Lt tank forward of the console and one at the rear. This way, when we return home, they are pulled out of the boat and the unused fuel gets distributed between the family car, mowers etc and the bilge is nice and dry..... (I am a bit old school and don't like stale fuel in my engines)
  11. Shhhhhhh. North Queensland....paradise on a stick mate, don't go telling everyone!! ?
  12. HI Dave! You're right....who would have thought that two people would have the same idea (and have such good taste)?? Your OB looks great mate, I love what you did with the inside gunnel timber, that looks smart! I too launched mine last Sunday and am most pleased with the way she handles and performs. Keep in touch. Trev
  13. Here are a couple of photos showing CB in the salt for the first time last Sunday. We had 15 - 20 knot winds on the bay that day , which although weren't ideal boating conditions, were in fact perfect to see how she handled. My "crew" bailed out on me saying they didn't want to get wet, so I went alone for a run in the waves. The hull performed well, probably a bit flighty....(from NOT having enough weight eg: me and 20 litres of fuel) in the conditions. Except for the occasional bit of spray running headway into the swell at 45 degrees, it was dry and forgiving. The 70hp proved itself to have plenty of power and with 6 people on board in the flat water, it got the hull up onto the plane with no effort. Many thanks to Graham for his expert advice and support thru the 4 yr build. I will post some shots of her running the first chance I get.
  14. Officially named the wooden tub over a few beers on the weekend. A few touch ups and then off to the salt we go......?
  15. All done apart from wiring up a few things, "official" launch day in a couple of weeks! I will try to get some shots of her in the water underway.
  16. I couldn't see an easier way to finish it off. I wasn't looking for praise, but thanks again for the positive comments guys. Ps, PAR, what is a "stretcher"? (the Australian version of a stretcher is something carried in the back of an Ambulance)
  17. This is a Sheetmetal workers way of protecting the edges of the ply on the transom, a bit of "bling" for the timber tub....
  18. She finally saw the light of day after nearly 4 yrs in the shed! We slipped it onto and off the trailer to make sure it (the trailer) was adjusted properly. Floated a tad high at the stern but the motor etc should take care of that.
  19. HighDesert, I had the same problem when I came to the shaping of the stem. the simplest way for me (and being a metal worker by trade) was to install a full length keel band, 1" wide. I mirror polished the first 6 or so foot then left the rest the natural finish on the s/s flat bar. I probably should have asked the more experienced guys in the forum first! I hope this wont cause too many problems with the performance of the hull......I don't think it will, but it's too late now to worry about it. Keen
  20. Thanks VT for the comments, here's a couple of shots previously of the well and the drain outlet on the starboard side. Keen
  21. Just another quick update. A bit more sealing and sanding, then the painting begins! (Hate painting) Trev
  22. Lotus, Echoing everyone else's comments.....WOW. I don't know what you do for a living, but you should be building boats full time! Trev
  23. Your advise will be taken on board, I could always flatten out the radius's and inlay a hardwood end piece as suggested. Food for thought both reply's, thanks men.
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