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Everything posted by Kennneee

  1. Hi Guys- I installed the SOLAS RUBEX 4 - 13.25x13 yesterday. I was hoping for better results. The engine RPM’s were higher for the same speed and it didn’t seem as smooth. It must be a bit undersized since I get a WOT RPM of 6100 which is over the high end of 6,000 for the engine specs. Speeds are lower and fuel consumption is not much different. It does seem like there is a slight improvement in stern lift. Not sure is I should consider the 3 blade the best fit, keep the RUBEX for a spare and move on or try something else. All speeds and distances are in knots and nautical mpg. To lazy to do the conversions today.... Ken
  2. I did this chart of fuel consumption vs. speed yesterday. I had 50 gallons of fuel aboard Luanne and I. I averaged the numbers in and out of the harbor to take any current into account. Interesting to me that there is a band between 3,000 and 4,500 where speed doesn’t seem to make much difference in MPG. I am guessing it starts when she begins to plane. I will do another chart next week after I get my new 4 blade prop.
  3. Hi Guys- Thanks for all of the thoughts and opinions. I am learning lots. I have done almost all of my sailing on the ocean and did realize that there is another side to this coin. Yesterday I made it to 66. More than one doc expected me to be done before Rosie so it was a really special day for me. My amazing wife, Luanne knitted me a watch cap from a pattern Graham’s sister had. I decided to spend some time on Rosie working on “knots”.
  4. Dave- Learning how to navigate over 40 years ago there was no other option(as far as I know) to using knots. That was the era of compass, sextant, dead reckoning etc. Paper charts were the only thing available. Around 25 years ago I started seriously racing kayaks and surfskis. All of the racers talked about speed in terms of statute MPH. I did my best to stick with knots but finally relented and went with the rest of the crowd. I was convinced that they used statute mph because it sounded faster. Easier to go 5,280' that 6,000.... Fifteen years ago I moved to Canada. Oh no, KILOMETERS PER HOUR! Well, it sounds really fast. Maybe because I got old and crunchy, I stuck with MPH. At least my US paddling friends would know how fast I was going when we told after race lies. It seems like most of the boaters I talk to now never use paper charts. I get it. I recently bought a chart plotter and love it. My sextant is on consignment to be sold. That said, I still like to look at a paper chart and get to overview, etc. I suppose if you are relying totally on digital charts and electronics the way speed and distance are measured becomes less important. Yesterday I spoke to a young dock mate and I asked him how his trip was. He told me his only trip wound up being to a boatyard. He had hit a rock. "I wasn't paying attention and didn't look at the MAP". Ok, I am from another world. I think there was a time you could get tared and feathered or keel hauled for calling a chart a map. So, I guess the old rules are squishy and whatever works, eh. I will stick to knots but will still drink a beer with someone that uses statute MPH. If he says MAP, maybe knot. Ken
  5. Egbert- Thanks , that is useful information. Do you know if Tom’s figures for Liz are in statute or nautical mpg? In either case the mileage is impressive. I would like to know since Liz seems to be a benchmark for exceptional efficiency. You mentioned your dinghy. I seem to remember a photo of a skin on frame dingy in your building album. How did that work out? I have built a few SOF kayaks over the years and they can be quite lightweight. I am starting to think about a dinghy for Rosie and a SOF crossed my mind. Graham has some lovely dinghy designs that are also in my sights. Weight is an issue unless I come up with a good lifting boom design. Ken
  6. Egbert- I hooked up a NEMA 2000 network to my engine and now get mileage readouts. I am currently getting around 4.25-4.5 NMG in the mid to high teens(knots). I can get it up to around 6 NMPG+ at 7-8knots. I will plot it more accurately soon and compare it to my 4 blade when it arrives. i often see mileage posted for different boats and am not sure if the numbers are in nautical miles or statute miles. What are yours? My 4 blade prop should be here on Monday so I will have some info soon after. Ken
  7. Congratulations!! She is exception beautiful!
  8. Steve- It is always a good idea to step back and see all the great work you have done. I struggle sometimes trying not to think of all that I still have to do. It can overwhelm. Nothing like taking on a project like this to make you feel so good and then so bad sometimes. A while back I had a life changing incident and was told I wouldn’t ever finish my boat. Seeing her in the water meant more to me than I ever imagined. When you step back and see the reflection of the water in that beautiful hull you might forget some of the dust and aching arms. But don’t forget completely or you might build another boat..... Your boat is gorgeous and the only one in the world just like it. You created it and money can’t buy that!! Cheers, Ken
  9. Jay- What a nice offer. Let me think about that. Come Winter up here it might seem even better. Maybe when every detail on ROSIE is done. Inhale and hold:). Ken
  10. No, I am not building another boat! No........ beautiful!
  11. Hi Guys- I would love to know what kind of fuel consumption you are seeing with your Bluejackets. Have you played with different propellers and what kind of changes have you seen in your fuel burn and performance? Three blade vs. four blade? Ken
  12. Hi Guys- Luanne put this video of yesterdays launch together. Dave, I found the key so she could use both hands. https://youtu.be/st5rF_CpAek Ken
  13. The designed displacement is 3,360. I weighed her on the trailer and she came out at 3,000lbs. Not much fuel or gear aboard so she should be in the ball park.
  14. Rosie was launched today. It is said there is no such thing as a perfect boat. Today I had a hard time finding truth in that statement. She glided off her trailer and floated PERFECTLY on her lines. I painted the bottom paint and boot stripe exactly where Graham drew it on the plans. I honestly don’t think it varied at all. Next I had various people walking around on the decks and she hardly moved. Extremely stable and very resistant to weight changes. That is all well and good sitting at the dock but how did she behave on the water? Amazing! I had to go easy on the new motor for an hour or two. The Yamaha manual say she can run for a short time at full throttle after an hour. I have a new chart plotter and need to learn how to use it. Haven’t figured out how to change the speed read out from MPH to knots. One of the passengers was among the many that rolled their eyes at the puny motor for such a large boat. That said, she hit 30mph which is faster that I expected with a 90hp motor. I think she is a bit over propped since the engine didn’t reach full RPM. The first run was with a very experienced sailor, Derek Lundy (author of The Godforsaken Sea) and he was amazed at her performance. Well I guess a guy that is accustomed to travel at 6 knots would be impressed by 8 mph with the motor at a whisper:). Next I took out a couple of experienced power boaters. They were really blown away by the seemingly lack of a transition from stop to planning. Very hard to tell. Changing the tilt of the motor had very little effect on performance. At times there were 4 people on the starboard side and there was hardly any list. We went looking for bumps since it was a fairly flat day. Found some tide rips and ferry wakes. Surprisingly good ride with little pounding and not a drop on the deck. There was some spray coming off the stern as we moved along which turned out to be the transducer. Not sure if there is a fix for that since it is positioned where Garmin specs it. A minor gripe. On hard turns at higher speed there is a bit of propeller cavitation. There really wasn’t any need to turn that fast so I can’t really complain. Not sure if a different prop would change that. The performance of the boat is stellar but her looks are even better. The accolades about her lines were very gratifying. I like a pretty face but it has go with a substance. I am a happy guy. I am sure there will be things that prove that there is no perfection in a boat. I am standing by. Too tired to figure how now to edit videos but will get one up soon. Here are some stills.
  15. Dave- She is not a fan of boat work but has been kind enough to help occasionally. Not sure if she was sad that day but I know she was thrilled with Rosie in the water today (more on that later). So to answer your questions. 1) she married me 2)she probably could. She has been known to do super human things. 3) as much as she wants. She also feeds me quite well. 4). She will until I remember what I did with the key to the handcuffs.
  16. Finishing touches before launch. Should splash tomorrow. Am I excited?
  17. Thanks for the positive feedback guys. Working on the little details that are mostly fun and satisfying. Made handrails for the PH roof and forward cabin yesterday. Got the chart plotter and gauges mounted as well.
  18. Brightsides has great gloss. Only buff if you want stain finish. Your boat looks great!
  19. Hi Guys- Finally sat down to upload some pics. Rosie went to the local Yamaha mechanic this week to get my installation blessed and first start up to validate the warranty. All went well. The hardest part of the installation was figuring out the wiring harness. Yamaha does not want you to do your own installation so they don’t publish or digitize a rigging manual for this motor. Fortunately I am not the only one that had this challenge and a good guy in Florida posted a photo with notations that describe where the wires go. Simple after you see it. One of the cool things I found was some stainless steel magnetic latches. I used them for keeping the bifold door open and shut. Very pleased with the result so far. I have the electrical system well under weigh. The switches for the panel arrive this week and my chart plotter on the dining room table waiting to be mounted. Should be able to get that going this week as well. The decks are non skidded except for the cockpit. Waiting on that until the last minute since I am always making a mess there. Still 5,436 details left but chipping away at them. I think I will splash her very soon and play for a few weeks if all goes well. Probably take her out of the water again sometime in July and finish some more details. This is a pretty squishy plan and subject to change at anytime. On my way to the motor mechanic I stopped at the garbage dump to weigh the boat and trailer. Subtracting the trailer weight Rosie weighs almost exactly 3,000 pounds with 15 gallons of fuel aboard. The designed displacement is 3,360lbs. so I think she is in the ballpark. I hope so since I painted the waterline accordingly. Perhaps a bit bold but so it goes.
  20. Yes, seeing her profile is a treat. Not completely satisfied yet. I am a bit anxious to see her floating! Patience Ken, patience. Thanks guys.
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