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    Default Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Just thought I'd share a few pictures from James who lives in Winyah Bay, S Carolina, who built his RipTide 457 and was launched today. Whilst building, James decided to add a bit of traditional "flair' to his boat with its rounded coaming forward and slightly raised above side deck level. She looks great !!

    Just a couple of build pictures to show his build.
    As you can see, she's a strip Plank composite design.
    Hope you like them
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    Mark
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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    This morning, James launched his boat.
    He writes:

    The Constance Mary (after my wife-- the minister of finance) is splashed!! I cannot be more
    stoked-- super stable, tracks as true as an arrow, dry as a bone, and just as fast as I had
    hoped. Made 38 miles per hour with just me aboard, and turning only 5500 rpm. With a little prop
    and engine height tweaking I could probably make 40 @ 5750 or so. Really think I might not even bother
    though-- it's plenty fast as is, as heavy as I built it. LOL The ride was excellent-- although the worst
    waves we hit were our own wake. Just eats up small chop so you don't even notice it. Lots of pics, but our
    videos don't load to photobucket somehow-- they are "quicktime video files" which aren't recognized. I'll
    get it sorted out, or find a different camera for a future post.

    All hooked up, ready to go--




    At the launch--



    And in the water--
















    Unfortunately, most of our good "action shots" were on video from when I ran solo-- nothing airborne,
    but I was more about putting the boat through its paces than not scaring my passengers! Just another
    good reason to get back out there, I guess. LOL

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Impressive work. The finish on it looks totally professional.
    -Dave

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    A beautiful job! One question from a non-powerboat guy. What's the blue flexible tubing and 3" PVC pipe for?
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    They're called "chase tubes"and are used to carry electrical wiring/ instrument cabling/ hydraulic steerage and more throughout the boat. Its an easy and neat way to "feed" all the cabling around the boat without it dangling into the bilge or thru enclosed compartments and more. Simpy push teh wiring in one end and it comes out teh other where you want it. This not only pertains to power boats, you can do it in yachts/ sailers as well. With large boats (power and yachts) they typically use "racks", but for small boats, pvc pipe or pvc downpipe can be used. I actually prefer down pipe in the bilge area, as its rectangular and fit neatly up against the longitudinals. but each to they're own here and whatever works.

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Impressive work. The finish on it looks totally professional.
    Thanks Dave. James is pretty stoked. He's a first time boat builder !!
    He wrote previously on our forum:
    The stickers arrived, are in place, and look GREAT! Hopefully, you will see some new orders from this side of the pond. At the very least, you have an active salesman in me-- I'm forever talking you up, whether it be the forum, the designs, or especially
    the unexpected, the personalized service and individual guidance! As I'm sure most people who have built would agree, YOU DON'T CHARGE ENOUGH.
    The plans price was the single best investment of the entire boat, hands down.
    Thank you for doing what you do!
    Its great to read these types of comments

    When he loads up his videos, I'll link them to here if your interested

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Beautiful!

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Another great design completed with superb craftsmanship.

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Good looking job and should be just right for the open bays in that area. One question. The forward chine has some S curve in it. Was that the result of the added flare changing the bottom/topsides join?
    Tom L

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    G'day Tom,
    I designed it that way for a fine entry as I was chasing a deadrise of 60 degrees in the forefoot section, enabling the boat to "slice" thru heavy chop and providing a smooth ride for the passengers, without losing speed, being more efficient and, without losing volume forward.
    Generally boats with such fine entries, tend to lose a lot of volume forward, reducing the buoyancy in the bow. I didn't want this, as we also carry an electric trolling motor/ batteries and more in the front compartments and, when standing on the deck flicking lures around when fishing, we don't want the boat trimming heavily down in the bow. So with all this in mind, we wanted the "full sections", but with a fine entry. Since we also do a lot of trolling for fish at speeds of around 4-6 kts ( 4.6 - 7 mph), a fine entry works cuts thru without all the wave slap and bobbing up and down.

    We actually built the same design and when fishing or camping, we generally cruise at 24- 28 kts ( 28-32 mph) in heavy chop offshore and within the bay itself and, that bow section really works a treat. You can really feel the boat "slicing" thru, without getting wet or "slamming". Love it !!.

    Here's a photo of our RipTide's bow



    See how with our Riptide, being that there is a lot of volume forward, that we even have an island lounge for when visitors or our grandchildren want to come out. It even makes a great seat when fishing





    We actually have the same on another one of our designs, the Sportzmaster 19. The "S" is not so pronounced being that its a larger boat, but the same deadrise in the forward sections is the same and designed for the very same reasons

    Here's a couple of pics from Russell in the Cocos Islands. They're a little speck of an island in the Indian ocean. So once again, it was about the chop within the lagoon and also once outside, the ability to troll efficiently. And no doubt, when all the kids and friends fly in, its time to rip across the lagoon to the other small island for a day out

    Hope this helps






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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Well done! Now you get to enjoy the boating part of the equation!

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    Default Re: Another launching - James from the USA and his RipTide 457

    Nice design beautifully executed. He's not too far from our new place in Beaufort. Might see him at the show in Georgetown.
    Fight Entropy, build a wooden boat!

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