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    Default Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Several years ago I started a thread in the Design forum, for a power boat design that met my needs. (thread here: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...sign&highlight=)

    I chose Tad Roberts BP26 design, and after a 3 1/2 year build, she was launched on Fathers Day. She has exceeded my expectations in looks, handling, seaworthiness, space and comfort. I tip my hat to Tad for his genius. (Tad's page: http://tadroberts.ca/services/small-...g/berrypoint26)

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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Very nice, any pictures on plane?

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    Great looking boat. Much nicer than a Hinkley.

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    Launch day, breaking in new engine, about 16 mph.

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    Stunning, very nice work indeed, congratulations on the launch

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    Lovely!
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    A fine looking vessel, excellent proportions. Nicely done!!


    ETA:

    Looking at Tad's plans, it looks like you made a few minor changes. For one, he specs a 90hp, but you have a 115. Also, did you make the cabin a little longer?


    The more I look at it, the more I agree with the "perfect power boat" idea. I think I'd ask for a sterndrive over an OB, but that's a matter of personal preference.
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    Very very nice. Beautiful work and a nice design. A day to make you proud.
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    That looks so sweet.
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    I am not a power boat guy, but I find that nicely drawn, and built. Kudos!
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Exactly the sort of thread to encourage other builders.You have the satisfaction of boating in exactly the boat you hoped for and it looks good.

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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hwyl View Post
    Great looking boat. Much nicer than a Hinkley.
    .....Just don't use the P word, or we'll all be in trouble!

    Huge respect to Jeff, hell of a job. Many good days ahead........
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    Jeff, what a beautiful boat! Fantastic job. She looks to be bigger than she actually is; nicely proportioned. Just a classy look.

    Take Care,
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    Awesome work on a great design.

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    Fantastic! Congrats on a great build.
    Was there a build thread on this boat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    .....Just don't use the P word, or we'll all be in trouble!

    Huge respect to Jeff, hell of a job. Many good days ahead........
    Right Tad, I avoid the P word like the plague too. Never been and never will be a "P" boat. That doesn't detract from what looks like a really good boat though.
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Beautiful boat. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Fantastic! Congrats on a great build.
    Was there a build thread on this boat?
    although I took hundreds of photos during the build, I had precious little time to post a build thread. Spent nearly every weekend for 46 months "stealing" family time; staying married meant weekdays were no-boat days per SWMBO.
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    Hope your dear mate appreciates the gift of a sweet ride on the wateró that is a pretty design and it looks efficient and handy as well: nice to have built something so useful and beautiful as well.

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    Absolutely amazing build! Congratulations.

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    Finastkind.

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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    That is a beautiful boat! Looks to be a perfect trailerable coastal cruiser for exploring Florida, the Keys, and beyond.

    If you get some free time to post up pictures, a few of the cockpit, cabin, and build would be appreciated.

    Any idea what it weighs as built? Cruise and max speeds with the 115?

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    Very nice work.. Love the design, beautiful.
    Is that motor bolted to the transom or are you running a jack plate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattGent View Post
    That is a beautiful boat! Looks to be a perfect trailerable coastal cruiser for exploring Florida, the Keys, and beyond.

    If you get some free time to post up pictures, a few of the cockpit, cabin, and build would be appreciated.

    Any idea what it weighs as built? Cruise and max speeds with the 115?

    Matt
    I'll post some interior pics soon. Haven't weighed it yet but, as usual, I probably overbuilt it and she's a little heavy.

    She cruises very nicely at 4400 rpm and 20 mph, using 5.1 gph. I'm not getting full range on the morse MT3 so she tops out at 5300 rpm and 26 mph. These are right at the design numbers for a 90 hp, thus confirming the extra weight. Or, I need to re-prop.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Vogdes View Post
    Very nice work.. Love the design, beautiful.
    Is that motor bolted to the transom or are you running a jack plate?
    Bolted to the transom. She only draws about a foot so I can play in the shallows pretty well.
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Just saw this. Fantastic job on a gorgeous boat. Rick

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    Congratulations on a very handsome vessel....well done!

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    I think you built the perfect boat! Please post more pictures. I was also wondering if your motor is a 20 inch.

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    Very nice ! ill echo the requests for more pics
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    I somehow missed this one. Thanks to those who bumped it. Most lovely.
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    I've been looking for something along these lines for quite a while. I have another project to get out of my shop before I could start this so I'm trying to learn as much as I can for now. That boat will look as good in twenty years as it does now; the lines are timeless, purposeful and elegant. An inboard or stern drive, like I've had before might be good but the new, four stroke outboards, the 150 hp Mercury in particular, have actually become a better alternative. I think this boat would get close to 6 mpg with that motor.

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    Nice boat. Well done.

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    Boat looks great. Tad Roberts has great practical designs. I have his Timbercoast 22 design and hope to build someday. Just curious to what size the fuel tank(s) are and where they are placed ? Enjoy your new boat.

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    Very nice
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    Default Re: Remember the "Perfect Power Boat Design" thread? Well, she's launched!

    Jeff,
    That is gorgeous. I'm currently building a 25ft powerboat and I hope it comes out anything near as well. Thank you for sharing it. It is an inspiration.

    James.

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