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Lotus last won the day on November 19 2019

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  1. 1 degree in a waterline length of 15 feet is about 3" in height . Think I have to shift a lot of weight to transom to level !! A 110 pounds auxiliary motor at transom and shifting 80 pounds batteries from under console to transom area would not be enough ?
  2. Thanks Lenm. You are doing a great job too ! Hard work pays off ?
  3. Thanks a lot Graham, really appreciate ! I haven't weighed it but I know for sure that the floor ,sole ,is almost parallel with the sea water . I doped some water on the sole when no body was in the boat including me . The water remained stationary and after a while it moved slightly forward ( instead of backwards ) Therefor the self draining sole is not working ! At transom the water level is as the water line indicated on the plans. Again I still need to put the auxiliary motor and move the 2 battery to transom . Hope this will solve the problem . If not I can relocate one of the fuel tanks that are easily accessible .
  4. Finally the great day has arrived . The highly modified Ocracoke 20 named Elusive 20 hit the water for the very first time ! My first impression is that she is a little bit bow heavy , by the way she sits on the water . All the rest is superb !! If I shift the 2 battery backward and put the auxiliary motor of about 50kg ( that is still unavailable ) at transom she might be leveled correctly. At the moment the batteries are located inside the cabin under the 2 steps to step inside. Some performances data are as following in choppy water of about 1 to 1.5 " waves. 800 rpm ( idling) 2-3 knots 2000 rpm 7 knots and 6 liters per hour 3500 rpm 20 kts and 17 l/hr 4000 rpm 24 kts and 21 l/hr and 6300 rpm 41 kts and 70 l/hr in very calm water (47 miles !! ? ) I liked the best cruising speed of 21-22 knots ( 25 miles ) at around 3600 rpm . She cuts trough bigger chops like knife into butter with no splashes and slamming sounds and a very dry ride all thanks to Graham and his hull designs ! The boat rides much more stable with the trim tabs slightly trimmed down at speeds of 18 kts and over. This may be because of a heavier bow that can be addressed with a better weight distribution . The propeller is a 16" diameter by 20"pitch attached to a Suzuki df200ap and think it is under propped as the engine is revving up to 6300rpm that is its limit. May be a 21 or 22" will be much better all over the rpm range . But don't know how this will effect the fuel efficiency !! Over all I am very happy and satisfied with the results and the whole project ! Would like to say a big THANKS to Graham for all his help and patience answering my questions ( a lot of questions !! ? ) and also all members in this forum that contributed with their comments ! THANKS again !
  5. Great work Lenm and nice looking console ! Karnic 1851 boats have a center console that can easily accommodate a person under it when opened from the front side . Maybe you can do some google search about it. The front seat of the console can be opened forward with part of the flooring with it
  6. Thanks Riggs. now complete with anchor and navigation lights !
  7. Hi Lenm, only the outer part is boxed to give that 2" thickness. All the rest is 1/2" plywood as you can see in this photo
  8. Radar arch starts to take shape . Custom made out of 1.5" 316 stainless tubing
  9. Thanks Riggs and smccormick ! Cabin upholstered and teak ready to be glued down. Zuki AP is on its way ? I'm thinking about some kind of radial arch around the cockpit area. First reason to put vhf antenna ,anchor light and flood light on top of it and second reason is to attach some kind of shading ( canopy ). Still not sure about the design and practicality ! Last photo is what about I'm thinking
  10. Cabin setup ready. Also changed the acrylic sliding door from white to black and added some black touch ups at the console . Automatic trim tabs installed as well. Next step is cabin upholstery . With all that full gloss black at cockpit area , now I'm leaning more towards a black outboard instead of white ! Any suggestion ??
  11. Very nice work Riggs ! I love that console . Maybe you can use 1/2 inch acrylic sheet as hatch covers !
  12. Hi Riggs, the head room inside is just 53" so unfortunately one can not stand up but seated you have around 6" over your head .
  13. Finally started to do some work inside the cabin , seats / bed , storage and 2 steps to enter and exit cabin with 2 cup holders . The step and cup holder unit is removable and accommodate 2 batterers underneath( house and motor ). Don't know if it is the right place for battery position and weight distribution yet ! But think at sturn it is going to be too loaded with main motor , auxiliary motor and possibly a live bait well !
  14. Another update ! Upholstery ready
  15. Thank hightechmarine . I noticed that you did not used the conventional types of trim tabs but those that slide out ( don't know what these are called ) Whats your impression about them ?
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