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Old 17-03-2015, 17:45   #331
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Re: Construction Thread for Custom 45' Cruising Powercat

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Great thread!

28,000 pounds sounds super light for a fully loaded 45' FRP hull. Was that your target weight?
When she was lifted she was full of water and half full of fuel. If she was full of fuel it would have been another 2600 lbs of load.

She came in alittle heavier than our target due to adding a gen set, larger house bank, and solid surface countertops.

However, we worked hard to keep the weight down, as 90% of the the boat is foam,the bulkheads are plywood, as are the cockpit deck and all the interior decks.

Light is what makes these boats work.

Running home Saturday, in that short chop, she did not make a sound, just as solid as she could be.
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Old 17-03-2015, 20:23   #332
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Old 28-03-2015, 18:36   #333
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Fuel Burn

I went up Thursday and we filled her up from our trip to the boatyard and did the calibration on the Flow Scans.

The trip to and from the yard was 148 nautical miles according to the plot done by Alan Stewart.

The fuel burn was 83.4 US gals.

Speed for the trip to Washington was 15.5 to 16 knots.
Coming back we ran that speed for half the trip, then had to run slower in the Neuse due to the steep chop.

Average fuel burn 1.775 miles per gal.

Not to bad for a floating house at 15 plus knots.

When the water warms up, and I can change the props in the water without freezing, I want to try a couple of different sets of props and see what they do.

Come on warm water.
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Old 09-05-2015, 21:42   #334
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Shakedown

Al and Ginny took her for a 3 day shakedown, testing equipment, and learning their new boat.

She is at 99.9 percent, and I just had to make a couple of small adjustments yesterday.

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Old 09-05-2015, 21:48   #335
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Old 09-05-2015, 21:53   #336
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All good things.........

I spent yesterday changing 4 flood lights that had gotten water in them from bad seals, and making a few adjustments, finding out why one of the AC units wouldn't cut on the water pump for the system.

Got all those little things corrected.

Al and Ginny's first little 3 day cruise was uneventful, and they are planning another for about a week, getting underway sometime late in the week.

Today, Al and Ginny Springer hosted a luncheon at their home for the B&B crew that built their boat " Silver Voyager" .

Forest has just a very few odds and ends to tie up the first of the week, and this 4 year project will come to an end.

After lunch, we all went aboard, and just had the chance to admire and enjoy what we had created for them.


After working with them, building their dream cruiser, it has been a great experience, and it is gratifying to see them begin to enjoy their new boat.

Thanks Al and Ginny, and many happy days of voyaging.

But don't despair, Graham and I went to his shop afterwards, and did a few hours work on a 56' sportfish that we are designing, and that I hope to start in the near future.

I will also keep you posted on Al and Ginny's travels as they put this big girl to sea.

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Old 18-05-2015, 19:56   #337
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Solar water heater panels

We finally brought the solar water heater panels online, and with a cold 20 gal water heater, they raised the temp about 30 degrees in one day.

Starting with a hot water heater, I believe they will keep up with the hot water usage.

The Springers are on a week long cruise with the boat, and when I find out how the panels did, I will report it to you all.
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Old 18-05-2015, 22:10   #338
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Re: Construction Thread for Custom 45' Cruising Powercat

Thanks Capt. for taking us along for the ride over the past 4 yrs. Very nice job...
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Old 19-05-2015, 03:30   #339
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Re: Construction Thread for Custom 45' Cruising Powercat

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Thanks Capt. for taking us along for the ride over the past 4 yrs. Very nice job...
It has been my pleasure. I am currently talk with a man about a 55' version of this boat.

If I get her, we will do this again.
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Old 29-06-2015, 13:39   #340
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There will be another thread

I have received a contract and deposit to begin the design a 61' power catamaran as a long range sportsfishing boat.

We will begin the design this week, and when I have something to show, I will post it here.

B&B Yacht Designs will be preparing the design for my client.
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Old 29-06-2015, 15:16   #341
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I have received a contract and deposit to begin the design a 61' power catamaran as a long range sportsfishing boat.
As a guesstimate, what do you think a 61 footer will cost,...range of prices?
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Old 29-06-2015, 15:27   #342
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As a guesstimate, what do you think a 61 footer will cost,...range of prices?
At this point I would hate to even hazard a guess, as it will depend on amount of equipment and how crazy the interior finish is.

If I were to build another 45 it would start in the 750-800 k range, in the same range as a Maine Cat.
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The first renders of the 61

Here is the first profile of the 61, and a comparison of the 45 and 61

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Interior Layouts for sizing

These are the rough renders to size the interior arrangement so we can now finalize the hulls.

We made her alittle longer, 18" and alittle wider, so we could get everything to fit like we wanted it to.

As Myron Harris use to tell us, " Boat building is a game of inches."
And once again, he is right.

She is now 64'6" LOA

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Old 13-09-2015, 23:41   #345
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Re: Construction Thread for Custom 45' Cruising Powercat

Hugh,

On that sized vessel having a cockpit/ saloon level accessed toilet/shower/wet locker is advantaged on a vessel of that size. Saves having to walk through saloon downstairs if fishing or wet.

One of the drawings possibly shows one.

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