Sunday 24 July 2022

Kostas Cruise Control 5.8 (Greece)

 Hi everyone

She is not 100% complete but she is ready enough to have the first ride test....The weather conditions were bad, there were big waves.

For it was the best condition for test......It went unexpectedly good.

She comes in plane very fast and easy. We were going 37 miles and we felt so secure and smooth ride....The max speed we gone was 46 mph ,3 adults, 100 litres fuel, with 16 km/h wind and we couldn't trim all the engine. (need to fix that) I think in good conditions she ll go 50+m/h. The speed is not our request but we "must"say that. In a few days we will have more test.

I'm so satisfied and proud.....

Thanks, thanks, thanks. I'm already dreaming the Pro tournament 21.


Its great to see another Cruise Control launching . Kostas who lives in Greece, is building our designs under license for the Greek market. So were looking forward to hearing from him in the near future and seeing his Pro Tournament build

Monday 18 July 2022

Phil's Edgetracker 365 (Australia)


Its great to see another Edgetracker 365 launching recently. This time from Phil who lives down in Tasmania.

He writes:

Hi Guys,
Finally it's all come together. After months of delays for motor, trailer , other bits and pieces, as well as a new motor failure and another delay for the warranty claim and replacement, the boat was finally splashed today.

Must admit that there were a few nerves at the splash today but once we passed the spot where the first motor failed and we were still going, it soon became apparent that we had a boat that was going to be a good one.

I couldn't run the new motor too hard today because it is still in the break-in period, so for most of the hour's trip we were taking it easy. Even so it was up on to the plane very easily and the 30 Merc revved very freely and we touched 24 knots a couple of times (for a very short time).

So at this stage, the motor is still running in, with two adults on board, 35 litres of fuel, all safety gear, anchor, chain & rope, tool kit battery etc., we still made 25 kts with the 4 blade prop supplied with the motor. All in all, a pretty impressive start.

Just goes to show how good Mark's designs are, also considering that I've added a small console with forward steering, and an under floor fuel tank (after discussions with Mark at the start of the build).

So thanks Mark and the advice and support from you fellow builders on the forum over the last year.

Looking forward the upcoming hours of fun and fish. Here's a few photos of the splash.

Cheers Phil

Hi Mark and fellow builders,

Just an update to let you know that the ET400 has passed it’s official ‘sea trials’ with flying colours. The attached photo shows us out off Binalong Bay (east cost of Tas. ) heading north up towards Slope Rock.

We had 2 adults, 1 young lad and all kit and fishing gear with 48 litres of fuel on board and still cruised very comfortably at around 40 km/hr.

That weekend we covered, in mostly good weather, around 40 km at sea in and out of Binalong Bay. Even caught a few flathead !!. The boat is now well and truly splashed , and I’m very pleased with it.

Thanks Mark for your excellent design and fellow builders for all your help and - it’s a great little boat . I’m now going fishing !!

Building the boat has been a very satisfying experience.

Good luck with all your builds and we'll catch up again when the next build starts !!!

All the best

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Alain's Sea Strike 18 (France)

Its great to see another Sea Strike 18 launching recently. This time from Alain (a former member of the French Foreign Legion)  who lives in France.

He writes:

Hello Mark

Yes, beautiful design. Your drawings or plans (translation?) your study for the construction of the ss18, you just have to respect your plans and all become simple. The boat lands on the water like a rose petal gently.  I am very satisfied and proud of this build. You are a great designer (I hope the translation will be good)

Thank you again for helping me with this wonderful JOJO project



Bonjour MARK

oui magnifique conception , tes dessins ou plans ( traduction ? ) ton étude pour la construction du ss18 , il faut juste respecter tes plans et tous deviens simple , le bateau se pose sur l eau comme une pétale de rose en douceur je suis satisfait et trés fier de cette contruction

tu es un génial concepteur ( j espére que la traduction sera bien )

encore merci de m avoir aider a ce magnifique projet JOJO



Here's a couple of photo's of his wife making up all the covers (console/ seat covers/ deck and more) on her sewing machine for the boat

Alain, who also loves painting, decided to "paint" his rear transom washboard.
Now that is different and unique.
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