Tuesday 15 October 2013

Geoff's Tropic 14 (Australia)

Its great to see another Tropic 14 being launched, this time Geoff from Victoria. What a top job !

He writes:

Here she is in the water and the video I did up explaining a few things about the build and with the boat up and running. Let me tell you, the saying never work with kids or animals when film making is true!

Here's a great video he made showing how the boat complies with the Australian Builders Plate standard.

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Sunday 13 October 2013

Pat's Magnum 10 (Australia)

Great to see we have yet another launching, this time from Pat in Tasmania and his Magnum 10

Pat writes:

The big day finally, arrived, after all the rain and high winds we have had here in Tassie there was a break in the weather in the Sunday morning. Loaded the boat on the trailer and off we went.
Since we have had a lot of flood waters we had to clear dead wood and rice grass away to put the mighty MAGNUM in and then went for a row around.

First impressions; 

1/ It sits nice and high and relatively easy to row. Bonus.

2/  Mounted the 6hp Johnson on and loaded up with safety gear, boat sat evenly balanced

3/  Started the johno 4th pull after 5 years (not bad), idled around to get the feel of it.

4/  Slowly poured on the throttle and got it up on the plan. Man does it go when you are by yourself. Just enough power for 2; for 3 I would recommend a 10hp

I am very happy with the MAGNUM after all the effort that went into building it. Even the smaller projects boats can give you a huge amount of satisfaction. 

Thank you to Mark for the time in designing the Magnum and to everyone that has given me advice over and good wishes during the build. 

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Phil's RipTide CX-457 (Australia)

 It was great to hear from Phil as he launched his RipTide CX-457 the other day.
He writes:

Hi Mark,
Watching your web site over the last twelve months and then suddenly, the RipTide CX457came out of nowhere and I thought "I am going to have a go at building this boat".

Having never built a boat before and after mine had been stolen two years ago, the want to build this one was to the MAX. When the plans arrived, I found them really easy to read and I began to build.

Mark helped me through the parts that I didn't quite understand, but they were easy once I had talked to him. I am so glad I was told about Bowdidge Marine Designs by Geoff Lord, our previous sand paper representative.

With the Builders plate and motor on, registration was easy. With Great Excitement the day had come to launch her. Eight months of building and now it was time to try out my boat. My Riptide was launched at 1.30pm and I headed straight out to Jumpingpin bar to try her out.

She handled like a dream, taking the bad 20 knot NNW wind head on and while crossing the bar, all the time I felt really safe in the boat. The RipTide handled better than the boat that had been stolen from me two years prior. I am over the moon about this boat, it's got so much potential! With Marks help from all of this, I now have my boat back and... I had a great time building it as well. 

Can't wait for next weekend... I'm going fishing! 
Regards Phil Martin 
Brisbane. QLD 

Top one Phil.
Great to hear you love the boat and the way it handles the open water, especially when your wanting to go fishing.
Love it

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Duncan's EdgeTracker 426 (New Zealand)

 Its great to see Duncan from NZ launching his new Edgetracker 426.
What a beautiful job he did building her.

He writes:
I only went out for a short blat, I only got onto the water at about 6 pm and the boys have school in the morning so I couldn't make changes and go out again. The boat handles the chop very well!

Here's a few photo's

Its great to see yet another EdgeTracker 426 splashed
Top Job Duncan !!

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