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FS14 March 2016

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:52 pm
by Allafloat
Having started building in November 2015, I'm relieved to say that my FS14 hit the water this weekend, and I'm delighted by her looks and handling.

While having a bit of 'Gentleman's Launch' about her I intend to use the boat as a tender for our barge, for surveying rocky waters for charts, and for fishing, as we work up and down the River Shannon here in Ireland with our barge.

I'll admit that I may have gone a bit OTT with some of the wood (it was gifted, beautiful, and had to be used...) and there's a lot more ply and fibreglass than on the plans. However, it was immediately obvious on her maiden voyage that she's immensely solid and stable, and quite capable of being circled full lock at full throttle without a murmur or a slip. She may yet prove a little too heavy for the 15hp Suzuki she was designed for as she won't quite go on the plane, but these are early days, there's lots of tuning yet to be done, and the transom is more than man enough to take something a little larger if that's the only answer.

Main thing is she's finished, and a joy to both look at and use!

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Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:26 pm
by BB Sig
Congrats. She is a good looking boat. :-D

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:01 pm
by Fuzz
That looks really nice :!:
More pictures please :D
fuzz

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:22 am
by glossieblack
What a nice looking boat. Congratulations!

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 4:41 am
by BarraMan
Beautiful boat. Well done!

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:38 am
by Walkers Run
What a beautiful boat. I love it. You sure didn't waste any time building it!

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:05 am
by WobblyLegs
Beautiful - love the foredeck and brightwork!

Tim.

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:27 am
by jacquesmm
Nice. It starts with a very simple hull but you had fun with the finishing touches.

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:41 am
by cape man
First....GORGEOUS!!!!

Questions: What's the wood? Is that a hinge in front of the console? Does the whole thing tilt forward? Is Sceach for a Hawthorn or Mayflower? I looked it up first as "sceech" and this is what I found :D

To hold onto the rear bumper of a car and ski on your sneakers.
The kids were sceeching on the block.

Did you mean that? :D If so, you will need a bigger engine!!!

Lastly...GORGEOUS!!!!

Re: FS14 March 2016

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:56 pm
by bateau-webmaster
She is definitely a Beaute.