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  1. Ken... On DeDe we also used a Rochna with about 15 feet of 5/16 chain ? and 200 ft of 1/2 3 strand line.. Only had one drag and that was my own fault as I did not get a good set and did not expect a big blow that night. Wife was able to pull with out too much trouble ... occasionally I had to had to assist with a little engine help to break it free.. Not close to boat at this time so can not check.. Hope we get to visit toward the end of August.. Will communicate when we are getting ready to leave Alaska.. Henry
  2. Good Evening Ken.. I went thru several Props before I settled on a 14inch 13 degree prop after trying several different pitches.. As the Yamaha propeller chart does not cover boats of our length for the 90 hp it is a roll of the dice. The company that put the motor on had only one prop to try and that was a 15 pitch.. that did not allow the motor to reach red line rev. at 6ooo. it would get up to 5500. I then tried a 11 pitch.. and that allowed the motor to go over the 6000 mark and shut down.. I then tried a 4 blade 13 pitch prop which has done what was expected. Best info that I can offer.. and keep me in the loop on that motor.. I am interested. Side note .. I will be in the Vancouver area The middle of August 2019. Would like to catch up with you and see your build.. Henry
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    Scuppers

    Hello Ken.. Started out with larger flapper style but with transom rake the flapper would not stay closed.. after raising the transom it was easier to use the ping pong ball type.. worked great this past winter on a ninety day cruise in Florida.. had a three inch drop vertical with horizontal dischage.. copit stayed dry even on launching from trailer when transom in water well above the discharge level.
  4. Egbert we were just about the same place when you add the head, motor, trailer, radios, water and gas tanks.. I also added about 2 K for the replacement of the side windows. Henry
  5. Well here is a stab at our BJ28 costs. 56 sheets of Marine BS1088 ply.. about 4K Raka epoxy ..about 3.5 k including cloth and then wiring ,hydraulic steering, lighting, refrigerator assorted hardware.. I am thinking with out trailer , motor, electronics etc somewhere between 15 and 20 thousand. These are ball park figures. Currently we have over a thousand hours on the Yamaha F90 motor. Henry
  6. I guess I need to throw my hat in the ring on this subject.. The wife and I did the Great loop with our BJ 28.. in 2014-2015.. The boat did well .. This year we trailer-ed our De De to Florida for 2 months of boat time.. Boga Chitta, St Lucie river.. Okeechobee waterway to Ft Myers and back and then a week with Two other BJ25.5 . All went well.. Unlike Egbert, the wife and I often overnight in Cracker barrel parking lights or Walmart.. Its free other than buying a meal.. We also do this with the 5th wheel RV when going from one place to another. www.flickr.com/photos/bluejacket28 for build pictures... Henry
  7. Frank.. Just got you email message and I will try later today to get some costs together.. Like Oyster says getting the hull together is the foundation.. Adding the bling plays with the cost factor.. But there are benefits. Our Bluejacket 28 has been a joy to build and to use. ( Great Loop in 2014-2015) Work boat or Yacht .. That is the question.. Which set of plans do you have ? 24 , 25. 5 or 27? Day tripping or extended cruising? Man cave or Admiral's delight? Big ticket items.... Marine ply, epoxy, motor, trailer, electronics, Refreg, and composting head,,,, come to mind... Our epoxy (Raka ) cut the cost of the other big names.. Will check with my Chief Financial Officer and get back to you on a better idea of costs..
  8. Likewise enjoyied the visit and thanks for the ride to reprovision.. 5700 miles and doing great.. Love this 70 plus weather. We are expecting some cool morning s in the next week but hope we are further south.. Just enjoying the fruits of out labor. Henry and Diane vessel De De laying Naples Harbor
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    Water hose

    Chuck ..there are barbed fittings that insert in the braided tubing.. they are secured with ss radiator clamps.. and have standard plumbing threads on the other end.. Henry..
  10. Cheers Toni.. Be sure to check out the Builders Photo Blogs that several builders have posted .. The links are on Tom's web site. Good information there. Good luck on your build. It was great fun. And be sure to ask questions here. Henry De De
  11. Will get back to you on arrival time when we get alittle closer. And certainly we like to show off the little boat than can...
  12. Well, The wife and i built our Bluejacket 28 and left home two weeks later on the Great Loop.. I guess you could say we are the Bata testers for Tom's BJ series. So far we have traveled 5200 miles through 136 locks and have another 2 or 3 thousand to go.. Our travel blog is www.facebook.com/vesseldede and our building blog is www.flickr.com/photos/bluejacket28 We are headed down your way later this month with a stop in Punta Gorda for the holidays. Around the first of March we will head back up the east coast to Norfolk va.. one year and about 7000 miles.. All on the little vessel DeDe A great boat for the loop..
  13. As there has not been much on this forum lately I thought I would stir the pot.. Fellows, this past Sunday the little vessel De De tried to cross the Big Bend of Florida from the panhandle to the west coast . We thought we could hug the coast and be protected by the shoreline from the north winds blowing 10 to 15 MPH and seas running 3 to 5 feet. Needless to say the ride was not the smoothest. Little De De stayed the course and survived several trips under the water fall. Yes, we did take a little water around the side windows and around the opening front window, but nothing a few towels would not take care of. The dingy did break a tie on top and floped over the side to be held by a steel cable with padlock. It rode that way for a couple of hours until we could seek protection and get an anchor down to rearange the dingy for towing. We made it about half way around the Big Bend and headed into the river port of St. Marks Florida. De De survived in good shape and is ready to head back out into the Gulf after waiting for a weather window. This episode has strengthened my confidence in the Stich and Glue construction method as well as the design that out benefactor , Tom Lathrop put in front of us builders.. Three Hip Hip Hurays for our man.. ! So far with 5200 miles behind our stern the Yamaha F90 four stroke has done what has been called for , without missing a beat. Several times dock hands or those close by have commented on the motor wondering if it was running.. We did follow Tom's recomendation and purchased the motor with the 25 inch shaft. The one negative on the motor height is that we could not put a full cover on the motor box. We would not have been able to see behind us over top of the cover. But the motor noise is substantially reduced with the partial cover. When we finnish The Great Loop I will try to post some numbers on gas economy . We are using a four blade , aluminum propeler. It is 13.5 inch and 13 degree prop. The maximun rpm with the motor wide open is 5800 while red line is 6000. Our max speed over ground is curtailed by the weight we have placed aboard for this year long trip.. I will try to post a rpm chart later on. My comments so far for all those currently building Bluejacket boats.. GET TO WORK AND GIT ER DONE! Cut the lines and head out to sea.. There is nothing to match the wind in your face and the water under your keel. We are having a blast.
  14. De De did have the PH top raised 4 inches and I belive that it has worked well for several reasons. 1. added space above front windows for radio mounting. 2 . allowed aft copit cover to extend streight back and not be raised for copit head room 3. added head room in PH for taller individuals. 4. I also raised the galley top to 35 inch, more like standard 36 inch kitchen counter or work bench height. Thus enough head room for captain in seat above galley top. This was accomplished by adding a four inch piece of wood above the window frames on which to mark the cabin roof curve. I do intend to raise the copit sole by 2 inches for the mentioned reasons .. I also am going to investigate custom fuel tank, it does not have to be filled when going out for a few hours or a day.. just for extended range when fuel stops are limited... I will admit to being over weight when loaded for a one year live aboard capability.. but the crew does have to eat. I will also be investigating added house battery capacity .. As Tom has said weight is crucial.. pay attention when building. Just my two cents.. by the way the Loop is still a thrill on top of the building process. Cruising on the Tennessee....
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    Foredeck

    Ok let the old man chime in here.. Don't forget to cover the foredeck with a peice of fibreglass cloth.. On the interior paint We used Rustloium enamel paint. On the outside we used the Rustolium Marine paint.. Less than 20 bucks a quart. I have heard eleven bucks and change.. Several other looper boats have used the same.. Still looking good.. Cheap Harbor freight spray gun works just fine.. The non skid serface was rustollium paint just applied with a roller.. there will be times when you will want to get on the foredeck to clean the windsheild or wash the top.. the foredeck with a smooth surface and a little wax gets might slipery.. even sitting on the trailer your backside will slip and its a long way to the ground.. Just my two cents.
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