Sunday 30 July 2023

Luc's Pro Tournament 24 (Canada)


Its great to see yet another Pro Tournament 24 being launched .. this time from Luc in Canada.
This is Luc's 2nd BMD boat. He previously built a Sea Strike 16.. it's here in this blog)

He writes:

Hi all,

Well, it was splashed down a few weeks ago, ran some tests, added trim tabs with auto trim feature and brought her to the Thousand Islands for a vacation.

She runs real nice. So very light. Planes quickly. Topped at 42knots for now. The prop has too much pitch (14x24). Ordered a 14x19. The engine wasn't even reaching 5000rpm. Aside from that, just a great great boat. No need for trim tabs aside from just side to side trimming. The ventilation plate is set at 25mm above keel bottom (i know 10mm is recommended but for some reason, it ended up higher). Does not ventilate at all in sharp turns or trimmed up.
Real nice.

And when I have a bad day, I just look at my pro tournament 24 and I feel happy again. I changed the prop to a 14x19 and it runs much better. 42knts @ 5100rpm. I guess I could go smaller, but for now, it is fine. 

Mark, maybe in 1-2 years, I'll contact you to commission plans for a 32'-37', who knows... Building a boat is such a rewarding experience. 

On the picture: wife up front, friends behind the console.

Thursday 27 July 2023

Kosta's Sea Strike 16 & Cruise Control 5.8 (Greece)


Its great to hear from Kosta again, this time "Showing off his Girls" as he said

Kosta is a licensed BMD builder in Greece. His attention to the build and detail is awesome. 

You can find his Business Facebook page here "Ocean Sky Boatworks"

Williams Cruise Control 5.2 (Australia)

Its great to hear from Will again, sharing his fishing adventures with us

He writes

Hi Everyone,

Last trip out. No luck at our regular spots so we spent some time having a look around and found a promising lump with activity on it. We fished it for half hour or so and landed a nice breaksea cod !

 Mark & Deb... yeah mate still love getting out. They have brought in new demersal bans in WA so only 6 months of the year we can fish for demersal fish. My young fella is 16 now and 6ft 4" and the twins are nearly 5. All the boys love going out on the boat when we get a chance. Time flies. I still get great comments when people ask about the boat.

Sunday 23 July 2023

Grants Sea Strike 16 (Australia)

 Great to see yet another launching.. Grants Sea Strike 16.!!
He writes:

G'day all,

The first launch happened yesterday. Great day for a run on the river for the first time with Leisa (wife) we had calm water at the ramp and once in the water I officially gave the bow a christening with a brew and we jumped in and were underway.

Have to say its a feeling hard to describe ,wrapped in many ways. After making our way though the no wash zone I gave her a little and we were on the plan. Cold wind and chop head on, no worries. The boat feels so solid and just moves quietly through the water. Our trip was mixed conditions and with the wind hitting us on the port side the boat had a slight lean to windward part of the way so it was a perfect opportunity to try the trim tabs to level it out, no worries ...easy as.

I took the motor gradually through the whole torque curve and eventually WOT briefly. To my calcs 29.7 kts.  Five hours variable speed is required to start the run in on the Suzie.

Today out again with a mate to put some more time on the clock. Another good river run finishing with a run up the break walls to the bar entrance with a large breaking swell on the bar and swell rolling down the the walls it was a glimpse to how it will travel outside. Bloody awesome. Can't wait to go again.

Special thanks to Mark for making my dream a fantastic realty.

She looks awesome mate !!!

First fish on Grey Matter. Nice little flatty

A week later...

Hello all, 
Just thought I'd let you all know that I'm loving my sea strike 16. Took her out on her biggest run to sea, out to our local fad. The conditions were meant to be calm till mid afternoon , the wind picked up early and continued building to 30 knot + south Easter.

Ran into Tim and his sea strike 18 ( Lines out ). He had two mates onboard and at one stage I marveled at the stability of his boat watching all three of them fishing on one side, no trouble at all. Tim pulled the pin and headed for home and I followed not long after. My boat handled it so well. I had the trim tab on the wind side down around 2 thirds and the boat just punched along beautifully.

Anyway, just a few words to inspire fellow builders. Just know your in for a treat when you finish your build.

Saturday 22 July 2023

Nathan's Pro Tournament 23 (Australia)


Its's great to see Nathan back in Australia again for a quick holiday (Nathan works in Dubai as a helicopter mechanic) 

He writes:

Its been so long...Time to take boat out.... LOVE THIS BOAT !!!!!