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 on: September 20, 2014, 06:34:35 AM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by David Nolan
Nice job jim.    You will love the house.   One thing i did was make the window openings do i could see out easily.   Height and window retraction.   She looks great jim.   

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 on: September 20, 2014, 05:31:22 AM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by gdwamsley
Boat looks fantastic on the water.

 on: September 20, 2014, 05:22:05 AM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by Oyster
Absolutely beautiful ! Thanks for the details on the wheels and rpm. 

 on: September 20, 2014, 03:51:46 AM 
Started by Tebubaga - Last post by tananaBrian
I am of a split mind ....for feeding the fam', setting up a long line is really cool and I'd have fun with that.  But... fishing is FUN and I certainly have NO problem spending hours in the stern, rod in hand (no smart remarks!), waiting and watching for that nibble nibble nibble ...deep take, set!! experience as well.  And sitting in nice soft juh-zillion dollar seats like Dave has while trolling for kings on downriggers... well, life just don't get much better!!!  Maybe a couple of broads in yellow bikinis and some hot weather for a change (to keep and old guy awake)... but hey, gotta be realistic!


 on: September 20, 2014, 03:46:55 AM 
Started by BillW - Last post by tananaBrian
I didn't find the book a hindrance to building and my widebody is the first boat I've built, guess everyone's different.  Then again when I get a project on my mind I'm somewhat compulsive about it and I'm sure I'd read the book several times through and had it nearly memorized when my building materials showed up.

I'm with you on that, Paul.  When I first looked at Renn's books, I had a preconceived idea of what I wanted to see ...and I found the books to be confusing as well.  BUT, as I've said around here before, if you just commit to starting at one end and reading/doing through to the other, you end up with a fine boat as your reward.  Sure, especially in his last (multi-version combined) book, there will be some back and forth while you read and do, but who cares?  The job gets done and gets done well enough. 

For the default taping schedule ...I thought it was 3" x 9-oz by default unless otherwise spec'd (not 4").  I've got yards of the stuff.... haha....


 on: September 20, 2014, 03:41:45 AM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by tananaBrian
Jim ...Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!  You should be proud of that boat!  The W/B still holds a special spot in my heart ...I may build one some day, but probably a center console Smiley


 on: September 19, 2014, 10:18:49 PM 
Started by jim shula - Last post by jim shula
I got the motors installed last Tuesday and Al from New Hampshire (forum member Seahorse) accompanied me to the initial launching of the Ellie Marie today.  Backing down the ramp when the boat was almost to the waterline I tapped the brakes and the boat slid rearward about 6" until the safety chain stopped it.  Lesson #1:  silicone bunk spray really works well.  I emptied a can of it on the bunk carpet the day before I loaded the boat on the trailer.

Once we were launched and pushed away from shore I immediately noted how different (more difficult) it is to manage a boat from an enclosed pilothouse than it is from out in the open in a center console.  This was compounded by the hard to read depth sounder and very low lake levels.  In an open boat I would have just looked over the side but in the house I had to put on my reading glasses and read the sounder for depth.

The hull seemed to be balanced side to side pretty well with the main motor offset 9" to stbd, the kicker offset about 10" to port and the dual batteries about 24" offset to port.  We did take in water thru the scuppers when were both standing in the stern but at rest without any live loads the boat should self-tend.

After two hours at half throttle I could open it up for a minute at a time, and with the 15" pitch prop I could hit about 5900 rpm.  Just right.  I love the new gearcase ratio in the 90 Tohatsu tldi.  My old Tohatsu 90 on the center console had a hard time spinning a 13" prop to 5500 rpm.  At wot my speed was 33mph and I think next time I'm out I'll play a little with the trim gauge.

I noticed that in a low speed turn to port the boat will almost turn within its own length due to the motor being offset to stbd.  I also enjoyed the quiet in house even when at wot making it easy to have a conversation.  In a center console the wind makes conversation hard at high speeds.

The boat is still a work in progress.  After today's ride I need to make the depth gauge easier to read at least until I get a chartplotter with a sounder so the depth will show on the screen.  I may end up beveling all three gauges so I can look down at them at a better angle.  I also need to put in the splashwell elevated deck.  Right now the splashwell deck is the cockpit deck so the fuel lines were sitting in water whenever anyone walked to the stern.  Other things on the list are pilothouse and cabin lights, drinkholders, and a fold down table on the sliding cabin door.

 on: September 19, 2014, 09:25:36 PM 
Started by jklistof - Last post by luk diver
Doable at 4.5 kts and 1/3 gph on the yammer high thrust

 Yes done that (125m offshore at 5kt. & 17hrs, autopilot made it doable). Couple boats already made a leap-of-faith to 110m a month ago for 5-12 big albacore so we have option open IF it happens again. Still hanging fire and think water gets in range and/or we go south to Morro Bay where they have BFT and give the Greenstick a go. I'm still a couple weeks from it being online but will be posting pics soon of installation. Getting reality-check by just recently reading that several small boats running them have been flipped by turning too fast. YKKKS. B & B

 on: September 19, 2014, 08:33:01 PM 
Started by BillW - Last post by Dave Wright

 he mentions that the default taping schedule is one layer of 4" 6 oz, unless noted otherwise.

I don't believe you. Grin

I have the first book, the second book, the widebody addendum, the cabin addendum, and the jumbo addendum, and I'm strongly resisting going through all of those pages for the umpteenth time to see if you're right. Grin

The first book is my favorite, and I like all of the addendum a lot. I scanned the second book before purchasing it and decided to buy it mainly because of all the effort Renn put into it and I liked how my Standard turned out.

 on: September 19, 2014, 07:54:17 PM 
Started by Tebubaga - Last post by Dave
Russ, I had always understood that even though NOAA sets the limits for halibut the ADF&G enforces methods.  I thougt that the "closely attended" clauses in the ADF&G regs were in effect for halibut...worth looking into. 

Regards, and nice fish!

Dave in Homer

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