|Hi Chuck, We finally had our launch and it went great! My family
had a great time and the boat is more than we had had expected or hoped
for. We are running the 15hp Gamefisher Short Shaft Tiller motor with a
removable transom bracket that we made. This configuration seems adequate
for now and we do not appear to be experiencing cavitation problems.
However, I do think that a center console set up would improve the boats
handling overall but that's my opinion only. I wish I could give you a
more factual performance report but I've always been a "shore dog" and
cannot compare this boat to a past experience. For us, 2 logs lashed
together would have been exciting.
For any first time builders like us, that here in Massachusetts the
boat needed to be inspected by the MA Environmental Police and they issued
a Hull # before we could register it. Also, keep good records of your
materials used. The sales tax, (if applicable by state) is established
through a review of the materials receipts. They will make and keep copies
of all the taxable materials and establish the boats value before they
issue the title. I had itemized all my expenses and it eliminated what
could have been a long time at the registry office.
I would also like to thank Paul Bennett @
for the great plans and a beautiful looking vessel with great lines. Be
prepared though, this boat draws the looks and questions from others.
We've even been pulled over by folks wanting to know the brand of boat!
When I glance at the kid's faces I realize she's now part of the family
and I feel blessed and proud to have shared this super experience with
each of my children. I don't think they'll forget it anytime soon.
Take Care, Phil Aldo