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Old Aug 22, 2011, 10:58 AM
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The Maiden Voyage

The radio was checked out and found to be running properly. The sound system works great, but inside the cabin is pretty muffled. Unfortunately there's not much we can do about that without placing an UGLY speaker grill on the cabin...

Using a 430 mah 3S Lip for the sound system and a 2500 mah 2S Lipo for the motor power, she sits right on the water line due to the extreme weight -- over 22 oz. in the sound system alone. But in spite of that, the model ran GREAT!!! Much better then expected, and at 2/3 power plains off nicely for a very scale speed and appearance. It's dead stable, and turns beautifully at both idle and cruising speeds.

Unfortunately, at full throttle the water crawls up the sides and pours in over the rear deck, so the speed had to be limited to keep the water on the outside where it belongs.

Almost Done: Next up is to get the name on. I think too that I'm going to pull the prop shafts and hone them down a couple thousandths in the lathe as the left side runs just a skoash tight and is a bit noisy. From there, she's finished.

Overall, this has been a terrific project. The kit itself wasn't bad, though there were some fairly serious fit problems with the hull frames, and if I had it to do again I would eliminate every other frame since they were so close together, closer then need be since the hull was planked rather then sheeted. But in the end, was worth all the effort just to see this vintage kit come to life.

PAT
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 11:14 AM
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Sweet it look's sooooooo good.
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 12:55 PM
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Man oh Man how cool is that!!. She looks great! See what a skilled craftsman can do! You took something old and made it a lot better. I like to see things from another time built and put to use today. Great Job.
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 04:33 PM
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PAT- That Owens turned out great. As for the water crawling up the side of the hull, install a set of spray knockers a little above the water line starting at the bow and going back to the front of the cabin. This will not only stop the water and spray from coming up on the deck , but it also helps to lift the bow when cutting thru wakes.
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 08:20 PM
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On the outside looking in...... One thing you might do is put some curtains in the back side windows and possibly the large windows just to rear of side doors. You could cut the windows and move the front half back like the windows were open to get a breeze. It would let the sound out at the same time. But what a beautiful boat you have.
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 10:36 PM
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Fantastic looking yacht, Pat! Great job! She looks great on the water!
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 05:49 AM
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Very nice...
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 07:24 PM
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Beautiful,Pat, just plain beautiful.
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Old Aug 24, 2011, 12:29 AM
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It is really nice to see the potential beauty of these old, rather basic kits brought out by a fine craftsman, Pat. If only they were a bit larger, they would be a larger canvas for your artistry. Thanks for sharing her and the build process with us.
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Old Sep 01, 2011, 11:10 AM
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The Last Finishing Touches

OK, got the windows removed from the rear of the cabin and and replaced with black screen, so the openings for the sound to escape are there, without being obnoctious about it. The change looks good and works great.

The last step was to add the name, and with that, the Owens is officially finished.

In the end, though the kit was a challenge to build, it turned into a good looking great running model. Meanwhile, I have another old Dumas kit stashed away in the shed, the Chris-Craft 35' Sport Fisherman, and as soon as I get a few other more pressing projects finished might just have to drag it out and see if it turns out as nice as this one did.

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Old Sep 02, 2011, 05:43 AM
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Nice ending. Love the name.
I'd have to go with something like "I Owe, I Owe, It's Off To Work I Go". Way too long for a transom.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 06:08 AM
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Nice ending. Love the name.
I'd have to go with something like "I Owe, I Owe, It's Off To Work I Go". Way too long for a transom.

Woody, "I think you're going to need a bigger boat".....

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Old Sep 02, 2011, 10:21 AM
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Nice ending. Love the name.
I'd have to go with something like "I Owe, I Owe, It's Off To Work I Go". Way too long for a transom.
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Woody, "I think you're going to need a bigger boat".....

PAT
LOL!!!
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Will it have a captain Pat with a cigar?
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 11:05 PM
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WOW!

Thats an amazing build!

I've been working on one of these kits for the last 7 years. I pull it out, work on it, realize I need more skill at something, and it gets put away again. I pulled it out last week and am still working on the ribbing.

It was my father's, and he bought it when it first came out, but never got around to it. when he retired, he left it for me to finish.

Thanks for posting this build thread, You've inspired me to keep at it.
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