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  1. Looks like I will stick with a 3 blade. Thanks for the comparison. It is always good to have a spare with you. You have more rocks than we do here in the Chesapeake Bay. Mostly plain mud. Egbert
  2. I don't use my roof as a gym, even if it would have the space I never could do those moves. Egbert
  3. Seeing you have a Garmin GPS, do you use anything to pre plan a route on a computer and save the route to the GPS? Last week I did use Garmin Homeport to do this. Egbert
  4. I'll just stick with what I finally got used to, Miles, Inches, Feet etc. My boat goes faster and can cover more distance in statute miles. I grew up with the metric system which is even faster. I haven't tried the SOF dinghy in the water yet. Have been to busy with other things. I did learn that towing a dinghy is a major pain. The only way to carry it would be a couple of davits on the transom because I have no roof space left. The dinghy has nesting capability but that is more to carry it on the truck. Egbert
  5. Here are some readings I took earlier. rpm mph mpg gph 2000 6.5 7.3 .9 2500 7.5 3.3 2.3 3000 8.0 2.5 3.2 3500 13 3.1 4.3 4000 16 2.82 5.8 4500 18.5 2.94 6.3 4900 21.7 2.97 7.3 This was on our nice flat creek with just me and 45 gallons of gas on board. It doesn't help that my boat is over 4000 LBS Same here as you mentioned in an earlier post playing with the engine trim seem to make very little difference. The bow raised to about 3 degrees max Egbert
  6. I use statute miles for everything. I went on a trip last weekend onto the Chesapeake Bay and was getting at the most 3 MPG. This was with a propeller that is a little too big for my engine and boat. 13 pitch instead of 11. I was also towing my little Nutshell Pram. It was hard to find the optimal speed towing a dinghy. With the waves on the Bay and my wake the pram was also filling up with water. Looking forward to your 4 blade findings. Egbert
  7. Is your engine hooked up to a chart plotter, that will give some info about the fuel consumption. Mine does tell the "Miles per Gallon" and it doesn't seem to make much difference throughout the speed range. I would have thought going slow would give a better mileage. About 3.5 mpg. I know little about propellers, just that they need to be sized to get the rated engine rpms at full throttle. Larger diameter gives more pushing power, greater pitch more speed. I had to go back in pitch a bit to get the rated rpms. Just kept the original propeller as a spare. I would like to know what the difference is between 3 or 4 blades. I am building a push boat for a Chesapeake Skipjack at the Reedville Fishermen's Museum . Hopefully through that I can find out what a 4 blade vs. a 3 blade does. But that will be a while. Your boat just looks astonishing and you should be proud of it. Egbert
  8. Congratulations on launching Rosie. She just looks beautiful, specially floating in her element. Egbert
  9. Isn't it something to see the whole boat for the first time. Congratulations on this milestone. Egbert
  10. I'm not an expert in anchoring. Since I need to be able to do things alone I'm using a winch. I jut got an 8 plait 200 ft rode with 15 ft chain. The winch was jamming up my 3 strand rode. The anchor is a 14 lbs Lewmar delta anchor. The actual anchor to use depends on the bottom structure. The plow anchor seems to work in our mud hole. I get it to set a lot easier than the West Marine fluke anchor that I started out with. We had to anchor in Beaufort NC after leaving the boat show there and getting caught in a bad storm. There was a lot of wind and current but it held good. Must be exiting to getting close to launching. I am looking forward seeing more pictures of your boat, the ones in the past looked astonishing. (Just found some pictures on Google) Egbert
  11. It is turning out beautiful. The attention to detail in the trim work looks amazing. I hope to see it for real someday. Egbert
  12. That is really becoming a beautiful boat. The bi-fold door is a nice solution. You might be able to use a sliding door lock the way your door opens. I used a Southco lock on my sliding door. However latching at an angle like your door opens might be a problem for those locks. Egbert
  13. I have two ways to get into the cockpit with my Bluejacket 25.5. The transom has a small platform with boarding ladder or through the side door in the cockpit where I can hang also a ladder inside the door opening. The side door is really handy at docks and also for use on land. I like the cover over the motor, it does cut a bit of the noise down. On the other hand you can't see which direction the engine points to. I had to add a rudder angle indicator. Also with a 25" shaft the cover would be too high. The midsection tilts up when the motor is tilted up for transport. A fellow Bluejacket builder/owner without a motor cover once stated "I paid so much for that engine, I want to see it" Egbert
  14. Here are some pictures of the installed bow thruster. Trick is to find the right spot in an existing boat. It needs to be as far forward as possible but at the same time it also needs to be far enough submerged to be effective. Mine did fit nicely under the v-berth. I also put a dedicated battery next to the thruster. Thing draws a tremendous amount of amps for very short bursts. I used the boat only once for just a short run on our creek. The thruster did move the bow around, that's all I can tell. It's a Lewmar 140 TT 2 KW. Egbert
  15. Nice solution for an expensive problem. I was shocked to see the prices on the Perko stuff but did find a pair on Ebay pretty cheap. The package was all faded but the adjusters were fine. It never occurred to me to make my own. i probably spend as much time to fit the Perko ones to my windshield as you made your own. Egbert
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