On that first wetting the motor was started but no sea trials. She came back out of the water on her trailer and went home for painting.
|"Dedication" gets wet for the first time, ahead of receiving bottom paint. The jumble of aluminium tubes forward of the console is the tower, folded down to pass under cables and bridges.|
The 300hp Suzuki 4-stroke motor is very smooth and suits her well. The water in the river was smooth but it is all no-wake zone, so we idled along the channel. Once out into the mouth of the river the water lumped up quickly from the strong winds in the bay. While running in the motor she did 18 knots with the maximum 3000rpm permitted. After her running in was completed Kevin took the motor up to 4000rpm and 26 knots. With short 1-2ft wind chop she has a soft and dry ride, upwind and downwind.
Last weekend we went fishing, with the opportunity for more trials on flat water. She shows predictable handling, cruises comfortably at 25+ knots and tops out at close to 40 knots.
|On the tower, Kevin Agee on the left, me (Dudley Dix) on the right.|
|View of the foredeck from the tower. The toerail is sapele, part of my work in the build.|
|Large open cockpit, plenty of space for fishing.|
|A protected red drum, first catch on the new boat.|
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