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Thanks Egbert. Yes, after all this time I had not been able to stand back and see her in profile. Made me a happy man!  I have installed the motor and will bring it to the local outboard shop on Tuesday for then to put in oil and start the motor for the first time. That was the agreement I made in order for them to let me do my own installation. I will get more pics up soon.

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For nine years I putzed around in my garage  building  my Bluejacket 25.5.  Unable to step back and obtain a panoramic view of my progress, my sense of achievement was limited to completing  a task on the build.  There was no immediate feedback on how that task interacted with the boat in its entirety.  On the bad days on the job, it sure would have been a morale builder to put my tools down, step back and see the boat in its entirety as it was coming together.


Last year I pulled the boat out of the garage and for the first time  I saw a whole boat.  No words can describe my excitement and sense of accomplishment.  I know exactly how you felt on the day your boat emerged from her cocoon.  You have much to be proud of!  


Henry Hassell (Bluejacket 28) advised me to paint my boat a camouflage color.  I asked why since I’m not a duck hunter.   He said because your boat will attract much attention and sometimes it gets too much.  You will learn that Henry is right.  


We look forward to seeing pictures of Rosie romping at sea and you and Luanne docking at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria  for high tea. 


All the best,




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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.



















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The nice lady in the splash well looks sad.


1.   What did she do wrong?

2.    Is she there to steer the engine by hand?

3.    Is she being fed?

4.    How much longer must she remain there?


You are a very mean captain! 

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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. 

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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.









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