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The new boat (named "The Doris Showboat") arrived in May this year. It looked very smart on it's custom trailer, about 2x bigger than expected, based on visualisation from pictures and dimensions. (work mates saw it passing IBM that day and wondered what the ARK was at the back of my car).
The new boat had some minor teething troubles BUT, both the agent (Howard) and the boat builder bent over backwards to have them fixed fast and the boat was able to be tested after engine break-in.
She handled beautifully -- significantly different from my previous
Fletcher Bravo 200HP mean machine -- a little slow onto the plane (as
might be expected for a 90HP engine on a 1.xx tonne boat), but once
Main observations -- the Balloch slip mentioned this was the first Maiden voyage they had seen, and even the local Balloch Marina Owner commented "a lot of boat for the money".
For the first time in 30 years of Loch Lomond boating in small day
boats or speedboats, this time, moored to the beach amongst friends'
boats, I did not feel at all out of place and could hold some pride
that I was now on a par
I have made a number of minor fittings changes over the last weeks,
and anyone interested in what these might have been can contact me by
eMail, and the vessel is pretty much now as I want it -- and I am looking
forward to the rest of this year with her.
Some final touches to the boat this year (2004) :-
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