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Tom Wilkinson
06-30-2014, 09:28 PM
After 14 years she finally got splashed. Took about a ten year break from building and last year promised my Daughter Alexa i would have it done this summer. Floated perfectly on her lines!! The design is Ken Basset's Rascal and he has been very gracious with info and tips along the way.

Still have a few details to finish, dech caulking, some chrome trim to install, needs a turn fin and she is way under propped but wow is it fun and what a feeling to push her off the trailer for the first time and see her float just as she should. Logged 6 hours of run time in the first day and a half and draws a crowd wherever we go.

Just prior to launch.
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Nameplate installed

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Floating perfectly!!

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Sunset cruise
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Tom Wilkinson
06-30-2014, 09:39 PM
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Breakaway
06-30-2014, 09:47 PM
That is something! She looks great! Congrats.

Kevin

Robbie 2
06-30-2014, 09:56 PM
Stunning.....congratulations.

Gib Etheridge
06-30-2014, 09:58 PM
That's a major achievement Tom. Beautiful, and it must just about fly with that 70!

BBSebens
06-30-2014, 09:59 PM
Wow. Very beautiful. Nicely done.

JasonD
06-30-2014, 10:17 PM
What a beautiful boat, you must be very proud. The craftsmanship is evident. Congrats!

Thorne
06-30-2014, 10:22 PM
WOW

jsjpd1
06-30-2014, 10:36 PM
Congratulations Tom! It looks great and I'm sure is a blast to run around the lake!

Jim

DCBrown
07-01-2014, 12:21 AM
A classic in every way.A 1

Gerarddm
07-01-2014, 01:28 AM
Very nice indeed. Have fun!

StevenBauer
07-01-2014, 06:00 AM
Looks great. Video?



Steven

P-man
07-01-2014, 06:02 AM
Beautiful boat. Congratulations!

Tom Wilkinson
07-01-2014, 06:57 AM
Thanks all. It's been great fun running around the lake with it. No video yet but I will work on that. I need to get another prop since I can't even max out the throttle yet or will over rev.

Reynard38
07-01-2014, 07:10 AM
Congrats Tom, beautiful boat.
That doesn't look like Lake Lanier. Where was the maiden voyage?

Tom Wilkinson
07-01-2014, 07:23 AM
Ossipee lake in NH. I have a second home on the lake there. The upholstery was done up there as well and she did a fabulous job.

Larks
07-01-2014, 07:54 AM
Gorgeous Tom, well done and congratulations mate.

Skegemog
07-01-2014, 07:59 AM
Lovely! the fiddleback maple was a bold move and very successful, congratulations!

htom
07-01-2014, 08:11 AM
Oh my, such a beautiful boat. She's stunning. Congratulations!

JDolby
07-01-2014, 09:27 AM
Wow, Tom, she looks fantastic!

I had the pleasure of seeing her in person but before upholstery & naming. She looks great & I know you're having a good time with her.

I'm envious!

mcdenny
07-01-2014, 12:00 PM
Beautiful.

capefox
07-01-2014, 03:20 PM
Good work :-)

Rich Jones
07-01-2014, 04:35 PM
Absolutely stunning workmanship. A beautiful craft. Enjoy!!!!

Peter Malcolm Jardine
07-01-2014, 04:42 PM
Where the hell is the speed run video?!?!?!?!?!?

Beautiful job.

PaulT
07-01-2014, 09:28 PM
Wow!...Great job. Surely a testament to your skill and efforts along the way. Congratulations!

PaulT

sailcanoefan
07-01-2014, 11:14 PM
Congratulations

P.L.Lenihan
07-02-2014, 07:20 AM
Well now, that is certainly 14 years worth waiting for such spectacular results!!! Glad you saw this project through to the end, Tom. She's gorgeous and I hope you wear yourself out enjoying her to the max!!

Bravo!



Cheers!



Peter

Cogeniac
07-02-2014, 09:54 AM
Wow! That is sweet! Very pretty boat. Congrats on completing her!

S

JimD
07-02-2014, 10:20 AM
Y>Y>

Marylander
07-02-2014, 10:32 AM
Great job, Tom! I bet this is a 4th of July weekend you'll remember forever. Enjoy the boat, the lake, and all your hard work.

Rich

Tom Wilkinson
07-02-2014, 11:02 AM
Lovely! the fiddleback maple was a bold move and very successful, congratulations!

Thanks, we will see how well it holds up. I know it's not the best choice but i thought it was worth the risk. Just have to maintain it.

Thanks to everyone for the compliments. Hoping to try some new props on her this week as well as get the rest of the chrome installed and get the speedo working. Hopefully the weather will allow us to catch the fireworks from the lake on her.

I'll try to get some pics loaded of some of the little custom details like the trim switch and throttle lever housing, both of which work great. Still trying to figure how to get the horn switch in the steering wheel wired to work right but I'll figure it out. Led's in the housing above the cutwater seem to be working out great.

wizbang 13
07-02-2014, 03:10 PM
A 70! Wow!
got a tach?gps? Power trim?
without these three things you may be throwing money away on a prop.

Tom Wilkinson
07-02-2014, 05:41 PM
I have a tach, power trim, GPS, and a speedo, and I have a marina that has a few props I can try.

Not sure why you think I'm throwing money away on a prop. Right now running a 10x13 ( that's what was on the motor when I bought it) I'm getting 34 mph at around 52000 rpm and appears to have quite a bit of throttle left, so I'm throttle limited by rpm. Designed uses a 10x17 on a 60 hp for the same boat. I will try a 17 and 19 and see what happens but I am clearly under propped right now. His 17 was also modified with a super cup and I will likely be adding cavitation plates to dial it in further.

Any input is appreciated.

Thad
07-02-2014, 06:17 PM
What's daughter think now?!!

wizbang 13
07-02-2014, 06:39 PM
Sorry Tom, I meant that throwing bucks at experimental props would be wasteful.
Borrowing a few is great.
I suspect she could top out at 50 with two aboard.
Of course, 35 /40 is plenty fast and more can get hairy.
For reference, my Aristo Craft 14 footer gets 48 mph with a 40hp with a 17 inch vengence prop. Wizbang did 52 with the same engine and 35 mph with a 25hp. Bingo gets 38 mph with a 25.
My homemade boats are a lot lighter than yours, but there is still a lot of speed lurking in the details. And in addition to top end is faster holeshots and better fuel economy.

Tom Wilkinson
07-02-2014, 06:42 PM
What's daughter think now?!!

She's ecstatic. And she was completely surprised and thrilled the I named it after her.

Thad
07-02-2014, 06:47 PM
Rightly so! All good.

Tom Wilkinson
07-02-2014, 06:53 PM
Sorry Tom, I meant that throwing bucks at experimental props would be wasteful.
Borrowing a few is great.
I suspect she could top out at 50 with two aboard.
Of course, 35 /40 is plenty fast and more can get hairy.

Gotcha. I'm not too worried about absolute max speed but a good balance between acceleration and top end. I realize anything over 45 is really moving in a boat this size. The biggest issue right now is its far to easy to over speed the engine.

peter1708
07-04-2014, 06:11 PM
Hi Tom,

Congratulations on a job well done! I really love the maple deck and the custom fabrication you did for the tilt/trim, steering fitting, etc. Can you get some photos/video of her under way? Anyway, have a great Fourth of July and enjoy the boat!

Best,

Pete

Hal Forsen
07-04-2014, 08:21 PM
Wow.
Very nice.
70HP?
Riding in a boat like that would be one of the few appropriate times to wear your hat backwards. :d
Have a Safe and Sane holiday.

Chip-skiff
07-04-2014, 09:54 PM
Beautiful woodworking and finish.

She looks fast, fast, fast.

Have fun!

Tom Wilkinson
07-30-2014, 04:57 PM
I've got a little time on her now and tried several props. I believe the motor on the original rascal had a different gear ratio as I can't run any kind of 10" prop without either over revving or cavitation. 37 to 41 mph was the best I could get using a 10 x 13, 15, 17, or 19. The higher pitches brought revs down but top speed stayed the same and the higher I went with pitch the worse the cavitation got with any amount of up trim.

I borrowed a solas Amita 3 aluminum 11 x 17 prop from another builder on the forum and that was a huge difference. Around 47 mph tops now. Unfortunately this prop is set up for a Honda and does not have any locking tab provisions that the merc needs so no way to safety the prop on. I have a stainless 11 3/8 x 16 cupped stainless powertech prop on order with a return guarantee if it doesn't improve or at least match performance. It's an interesting bit of trial and error getting it dialed in.

At 47 mph the boat rides great with little porpoising unless I really trim up high and at that point I'm getting a rooster tail and not gaining anything as far as speed.

I need to install a turn fin as the boat slides a good bit in turns now. All in all a very fun boat. Constantly asked what year it is (guesses are usually in the 30's) and every boat that passes gives the thumbs up. A good feeling to get from people driving 60k plus boats.

I'm considering a more vintage motor for it just for the looks but really enjoying the boat as is. Took it to the antique and wooden boat show on Lake Wiinipesaukee last weekend and won the best boat in outboard class, a great feeling for my first boat, especially since all I did was pull it out of the water and trailer it over. Barely bothered to clean it. I'd rather enjoy it then spend hours cleaning.

Ahh, what to build next....

timo4352
07-30-2014, 05:20 PM
The boat looks beautiful, and 47 mph is enough, man! Don't tear her apart! If the rpm's are right for the motor...I'd call it quits.
Be safe out there. :)

Tom Wilkinson
07-30-2014, 05:50 PM
True, 47 really is pretty fast in that boat. The designer had 52-55 out of his and I need another prop anyway so just seeing what I can get out of it. The boat needs pretty protected waters for that kind of running anyway. The boat can take more than my kidneys can for sure.

RodB
07-30-2014, 10:55 PM
Tom, she is a beauty... fantastic job... more pics and some closeups... wow...

RodB

DavidS
08-01-2014, 07:58 AM
Hey, Looks AWESOME! Way faster than mine - but you have me beat by 20hp!

Hopefully we can get out on Allatoona later in the year.

Dave

wizbang 13
08-01-2014, 10:42 AM
The boat looks beautiful, and 47 mph is enough, man! Don't tear her apart! If the rpm's are right for the motor...I'd call it quits.
Be safe out there. :)
"if the rpms are right for the motor"...... the motor can achieve the called for rpm with a wrong prop by being in the wrong trim .
For example, With my 40 hp,
Trimmed all the way down , my wot is 3500 rpm.(about 28mph).
Trimmed up to top speed, wot is5300 rpm(48mph ) .
Trimmed up even more to really cool sounding and cool 60 foot rooster tail wot goes up to 5800prm.... but the speed drops to about 45mph.
That is a 20 mph difference with the throttle all the way forward using only the trim button .
Sounds like you are on track Tom, trying to squeeze everything out like I do may actually just make her perform poorly with 3 people in her .
(folks tend to not come out with me twice)

Tom Wilkinson
08-24-2014, 12:17 PM
A few more pics. Hope to have a video up soon too. Sure is a fun boat.

In this pic you can almost make out the turn signal styled trim switch and you get a decent view of the mahogany gear housing for the throttle/gear selector.
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a403/lakesidewood/2014-08/C477E763-444F-4BFB-B278-2AE03699ABF8_zpssu9hkbdk.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/lakesidewood/media/2014-08/C477E763-444F-4BFB-B278-2AE03699ABF8_zpssu9hkbdk.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a403/lakesidewood/2014-08/B358FF0F-65D8-4976-955C-A8365FC13683_zps0ghlcdks.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/lakesidewood/media/2014-08/B358FF0F-65D8-4976-955C-A8365FC13683_zps0ghlcdks.jpg.html)

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Rich Jones
08-24-2014, 04:06 PM
Love it! And I love our crystal clear northern lakes!
Question. I've seen wooden wind deflectors like yours on older boats also and wonder if they do indeed push the wind up over your head or if you sometimes think you need goggles?

Tom Wilkinson
08-26-2014, 11:05 AM
It doesn't do much to get the wind over your head but I often have sunglasses on. The times I don't it has never really bothered me anyway, though it does dry the eyes out a bit at 45 :d

JDolby
08-26-2014, 02:50 PM
It doesn't do much to get the wind over your head but I often have sunglasses on. The times I don't it has never really bothered me anyway, though it does dry the eyes out a bit at 45 :d

Too funny, Tom!

The boat looks great, but now for the real question...who are all those half-naked people in the background? LOL

Tom Wilkinson
08-26-2014, 03:45 PM
Too funny, Tom!

The boat looks great, but now for the real question...who are all those half-naked people in the background? LOL

That's just a typical day at the sandbar. Not a bad view. And actually, that's a VERY slow day there. I was just the third boat to arrive.

Phil Y
08-26-2014, 04:05 PM
Wow, gorgeous, well done mate

Tom Wilkinson
08-26-2014, 04:17 PM
Wow, gorgeous, well done mate
Thank you. Here is a good pic of the curly maple on the deck.
http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a403/lakesidewood/2014-08/0F090990-44B9-4027-9039-33A8E6F10247_zps7vfuu2sd.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/lakesidewood/media/2014-08/0F090990-44B9-4027-9039-33A8E6F10247_zps7vfuu2sd.jpg.html)

Reynard38
08-26-2014, 06:00 PM
Tom she gets prettier every time I look.
Congrats!
Bring her up to Lanier this fall. She'll look great alongside a couple Coquinas!

Tom Wilkinson
08-26-2014, 07:34 PM
Tom she gets prettier every time I look. Congrats! Bring her up to Lanier this fall. She'll look great alongside a couple Coquinas!
Thanks :)
Still deciding if I'm going to bring her back to ga or not. Not sure I will get much use here with my work/kids schedule. I did put over 30 hours run time on her so far. Enjoyed every single minute.

Maybe that's the excuse I need to build one for Georgia!!

JesterGrin
08-26-2014, 07:37 PM
Draws a crowd wherever we go.

Just prior to launch.
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Nameplate installed

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Floating perfectly!!

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Sunset cruise
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Well of course it Draws a Crowd. Why on earth would it not.

As far as replacing the Engine with something older what. Believe me if back in the day the People that had these Boats had the chance to use Engines that are available today do you think they would? You Bet they would if they could afford to do so.

And just like everyone else in this crowd I will also state BEAUTIFUL BOAT. :)

Tom Wilkinson
08-26-2014, 07:42 PM
Well of course it Draws a Crowd. Why on earth would it not. As far as replacing the Engine with something older what. Believe me if back in the day the People that had these Boats had the chance to use Engines that are available today do you think they would? You Bet they would if they could afford to do so. And just like everyone else in this crowd I will also state BEAUTIFUL BOAT. :)

After using it a while I'm very very happy with the engine I went with. Lighter than most of the four strokes and sounds great at idle. The bit of noise goes along with the look. I have a spare set of cowling painted up that will look more retro but they won't be on til next year most likely. It's really all about having fun now. Even the couple dock scuffs don't bother me. I can fix it easy enough.
Funny how the stuff you obsessed over during the build fade away once you actually get her in the water.

wizbang 13
08-27-2014, 12:38 PM
here is the "windsheild" on Bingo . That is all it takes.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3851/14868637680_acf8b691e1_c_d.jpg

Jay Greer
08-27-2014, 12:46 PM
Every once in a while an artist creates a work so awe inspiring that it leaves us poor common wood butchers standing around slack jawed!
Bravo Sir!
Jay

BrianW
09-01-2014, 02:18 AM
Gorgeous boat Tom!

Robmill0605
09-01-2014, 09:51 AM
The level of craftsmanship on this boat shows everywhere. You did an absolutely beautiful job . I love the classic way you did the cockpit.
Just stunning!
Congratulations!

Tom Wilkinson
09-01-2014, 11:11 AM
Thanks Rob, Brian and Jay. Everyone else too. I truly appreciate the kind words. Some steps in the process really seemed daunting until I actually jumped in and did it.
Rob and Jay, I have seen your work here several times and have been inspired by it. Rob, did you ever finish the hacker you were building.

Robmill0605
09-01-2014, 01:23 PM
Thanks Rob, Brian and Jay. Everyone else too. I truly appreciate the kind words. Some steps in the process really seemed daunting until I actually jumped in and did it.
Rob and Jay, I have seen your work here several times and have been inspired by it. Rob, did you ever finish the hacker you were building.

Unfortunately no.

It's a long story that still smarts. My ex decided that when she didn't get what her lawyer wanted in our divorce, she took my chain saw and destroyed the boat.
THAT, pissed me off more than you can image. But life goes on and now I'm living aboard my dream. but thanks, you should be very proud of your accomplishment. It's beautiful.

Tom Wilkinson
09-01-2014, 10:32 PM
Well, I'm sorry to hear that!! It was a beautiful project. It always impressed me and so has the work you did on the Heart of Gold II. Life certainly has its twists and turns. That how I ended up with a 14 year rascal build. The funny thing is the skills I picked up over all that time really made a difference in the end result. It was worth the wait.

JesterGrin
09-02-2014, 02:56 AM
Unfortunately no.

It's a long story that still smarts. My ex decided that when she didn't get what her lawyer wanted in our divorce, she took my chain saw and destroyed the boat.
THAT, pissed me off more than you can image. But life goes on and now I'm living aboard my dream. but thanks, you should be very proud of your accomplishment. It's beautiful.

And People ask me why I never got Married lol.

kenjamin
09-02-2014, 08:08 AM
Sweet build. Congratulations! And yeah, we're all waiting for the video. :ycool:

Robmill0605
09-03-2014, 09:04 AM
And People ask me why I never got Married lol.


Smart man,

NEVER AGAIN!!

LOL!

Lew Barrett
09-03-2014, 12:14 PM
Beauty, Tom!

Robmill0605
09-03-2014, 10:29 PM
Can't stop looking at her. I think you really knocked it out of the ballpark. The tiger maple is just stunning. I'm SO jealous! Your craftsmanship shows. I'm totally impressed. Just awesome.

davebrown
09-03-2014, 11:42 PM
Looks like a musical instrument...very high end work.

Tangusso
09-04-2014, 02:54 PM
Beautiful job Tom. I'm very impressed. Can I expect to see her at the Meredith show next year??

Tom Wilkinson
09-05-2014, 05:58 AM
Yes, I'm planning to bring her next year.

Tom Wilkinson
08-11-2018, 11:10 AM
Well, it's her 5th season on the water and a few new coats of varnish later she is still a blast to own/drive. Constantly get thumbs up and "coolest boat on the lake" comments and everyone asks "what year?" Still topping out around 48 mhp. I have a short shaft for the motor but really need to install a setback plate to get the real benefit and when I consider the modifications to do it I think, 48 is plenty fast. Maybe one day. It's really just a fun boat to hop in for a cruise around the lake.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180811/68cc0853c66492474c3693e8baaf356f.jpg

peter1708
08-11-2018, 05:06 PM
Very cool, Tom!

Pete

DavidS
08-11-2018, 06:33 PM
Super!! I get asked “What year is it?” as well.

It’s a 2009. :D

Dave