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 on: May 22, 2015, 11:46:18 PM 
Started by Randy Zimmerman - Last post by gdwamsley
Awesome randy.  Boat was a long time in the making and to run it must be incredible.  I get what you're saying with expectations vs reality but it sounds very favorable so far.  Your candid observations are appreciated and your launching is an inspiration. Love the action shots.

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 on: May 22, 2015, 10:55:25 PM 
Started by elkhunter338 - Last post by Dave B
I've used the Keelshield on a couple of boats, including my Tolman. I haven't splashed the Tolman yet but I was very happy with how it worked on my other boat.



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 43 
 on: May 22, 2015, 10:54:44 PM 
Started by badger27 - Last post by adam_k
Rod, come on by, we can climb around the boat any time.  I would like to see your boat sometime soon.  I'll help flip the hull if you want.

Badger, you should start a thread.  I would enjoy following your build very much.  What skiff did you decide on?

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 on: May 22, 2015, 10:13:04 PM 
Started by elkhunter338 - Last post by elkhunter338
anyone use either of these products?
If so what do you think.
http://www.gator-guards.com/keelshield-keel-guard/
http://www.keelguard.com/keelguard.html

E-bay has some better prices

 45 
 on: May 22, 2015, 09:12:15 PM 
Started by Cannon - Last post by Randy Zimmerman
Cannon,

 You are cruising. I love your shop. It has to be really nice to have all space to spread out and build. Keep rolling.

Randy

 46 
 on: May 22, 2015, 09:03:14 PM 
Started by Eddy C - Last post by lsemmens
The scuppers on my jumbo are often underwater when fishing, but the flapper valves I got from Neal work well and very little water comes in.

Larry

 47 
 on: May 22, 2015, 09:00:02 PM 
Started by Randy Zimmerman - Last post by Randy Zimmerman
I'm not sure if other builders feel this way or not but I had a mix of emotions heading to the ramp. I was obviously excited but also had a little anxiety about how the skiff would perform. My guess is that this is pretty normal. You have worked on the skiff, in my case for 2 years, and you have tried to imagine how its going to perform. I can say that my skiff met or exceeded my every expectation. I still have a few tweaks to refine some of the systems but in general its great. 

 48 
 on: May 22, 2015, 08:56:17 PM 
Started by Randy Zimmerman - Last post by Randy Zimmerman
Thanks! It was really fantastic. I had ridden in Dave Nolan's widebody many times before building my skiff. Dave planted the seeds for me to build. The ride was really smooth. We had a light chop on the water and the skiff seemed to "float" of the chop both going against the wind and when running with it. I think that was probably one of the most pleasant surprises of the day. I really liked the lean post, Dave didn't believe in seats of any kind on his widebody, and it was really comfortable to both stand and to sit on the seat. As you would exepect, I can't wait to get back out there.

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 on: May 22, 2015, 08:48:55 PM 
Started by Eddy C - Last post by Randy Zimmerman
Eddy,

 I have installed scuppers on my widebody with minimal raising of the deck and will find out on Friday how well they work. I'll post a report.

Randy

Eddy,

 My side scupper was a miserable failure. The opening is below my waterline. I cut my stringers per the book. The only height I added was the 1/2" deck so I knew the the scupper might not work. I will remove it and patch the hole before my next launch.

I really like the idea of the self bailing deck and need to look for another approach. I might not find one given my deck height.

Randy

 50 
 on: May 22, 2015, 08:45:03 PM 
Started by Randy Zimmerman - Last post by Cannon
Congratulations! Now, that the dust has settled, the Yukon Jack has put that warm burn in your belly, is it all and more than you thought it would be?


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