~ ~ ~ S P L A S H ~ ~ ~ Another OB17 launched.

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~ ~ ~ S P L A S H ~ ~ ~ Another OB17 launched.

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Edited: Here's a link the main build thread

Hi All, yes it floats. "Odyssey' hit the waters of Powell Lake around 16:00 PST, Saturday June 16, 2007. The day dawned to steady rain, gusty winds while I frantically tried to finish all the little last minute details. The paint on the sole was still so fresh, I had to use upside down carpet to walk without damaging it. The epoxy to hold the seat pivots was less than 8 hours old when the stern hit the water :D Then within an hour of our launch schedule, the sun poked out, almost an omen! The salt water looked a little wild for a 1st run so we decided on the lake instead.

Last minute checks before heading out. Still have to buy fenders :?

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The ramp was abandoned, no looky lou's which was OK.
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It's gonna float! 8)
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This is where the first chuckle happened. SWMBO clutched the bottle of bubbly, spoke all the right words, and swung and hit.. and swung and hit.. and swung.. well you get the drift. Some muttered words about pre-scoring bottles, a manually extracted cork, some spraying of Champagne and the great push off. She sits within an inch of her lines. Good one Jacques!
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It's right about here that I realize my faux pas - I had installed the steering backwards! A right turn on the wheel produced a left turn and vice versa. D'oh :oops: :oops: The Teleflex NFB system allows the cable to be threaded and secured two ways. My bad but I was determined so I carefully proceeded.
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First impressions? Very stable but light feeling. Acceleration is instant, literally she planed in 1 boat length. Very flat attitudes. Tracks like on rails yet eager to turn. Not all sensitive to trim inputs. Very dry ride.
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Just coming off plane.
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These are the first batch of photos, the SPLASH album here
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Louis,

I was starting to get worried...

Well done - you must be as pleased as the pig in the wotsit!

This other pic of yours makes it look huge!

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8) 8)

Again, a smart job and a very good looking boat.

Have fun with it.

Tim.

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Post by Jerry-rigged »

Great Job!

Looks like she really scoots:
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Congradulations on the launch!

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Post by msujmccorm »

Louis,
All I can say is awesome boat and awesome countryside.
Jeff
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Congratulations! Beautiful boat, and it looks like you had a nice day afterall. Thanks for the pics, they're inspirational. Those are the clearest set of pics I've seen yet of an OB17. Love the paint job on Odyssey too.

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Post by Boomer »

Beautiful boat--fantastic finish.
A right turn on the wheel produced a left turn and vice versa.
That's the traditional way-- so you're an old salt at heart.

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Congratulations, as well! I have been wanting to look all day but my internet was down. These were the pics I was hoping to find!

A beautiful job well done. Be proud you deserve it.

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Post by Lucky_Louis »

Thanks for all the kind words guys. It's kinda nice to have my own 'splash' thread instead of congratulating all the other great project launches out there.

Here's a few early figures:

Four adults (800 lbs give or take), 18 gallons of fuel. 20P x 13½" SS prop.

Planes easy at 14mph.
4200 rpm 32mph 3.2 gph
4800 rpm 38mph 5.1 gph
3600 rpm gives nice 25mph cruise and 2.8 gph

WOT by myself, I hit 44 mph in a light chop at 5200 rpm and rock solid, no twitching or chine walking.

All the numbers are pretty loosey goosey so far, tough to drive and get readings so I'll pick a calm day and do a real definitive test with SWMBO or another buddy at the helm.

I can say that all the initial fiddling to get the panels right and the careful fairing payed off in spades - no sign of porpoising, no pull left or right, wake is the flattest I've ever seen on a 'v' hull 17' boat and she just jumps onto plane. My son did a lot of video which he wants to edit first so I'll post a link to that as soon I get it.
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Post by Daddy »

Great anti-theft device, that steering system.
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Post by Knottybuoyz »

Congrats Louis! Just in time too! I hope you have plenty of adventures to tell us about. Cheers!

Rick.

PS. For the christening, score the bottle with a glass cutter first. Then put it in one of those plastic mesh bags. Saves the embarrassment of the bottle not breaking and broken glass on the bottom at the boat dock! It's also acceptible to do as you did, just uncork the bottle and pour! ;-)
Yours Aye! Rick
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