20ft Texas Barrel

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neel thompson wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 3:48 am
Everything looks great Matt.... Launch soon?
Funny thing Neel, on previous builds I’ve been all about getting to the launch date, not so much on this one. I guess I like building boats more than boating and this is the last build for a few years.
28 ft Norwester study plans are on the bulletin board but Heather and I are not yet to that phase of life.
Sometime in May we’ll start banging it into the dock.
See you in September,
Matt & Heather

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Nice job on the crash pads and ceiling. What did you attach the pipe insulation with?
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DrBryanJ wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:19 am
Nice job on the crash pads and ceiling. What did you attach the pipe insulation with?
The foam has a peel off adhesive strip but it’s not necessary. The decking overhangs the dash and between the seats so the foam slips right on. It’s pulling the upholstery tight and staples that secures the padding. Along the carling I had to add a 1”x1” piece for padding to slide on. You might think the pad would fit on the carling / cover board edge but it deforms the shape.
The seating is very comfortable, I always been concerned about seating being tight. My fellow building who is 6’5” sat behind the wheel quite comfortably. I think mounting the ceilings to the inside of the battens instead of the inside of the frames helps. You gain an extra 3” on each side.
You got some extra in my answer, Heather and I are looking forward to seeing and chatting with you in September.
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The linear actuator for the engine hatch uses a double pole, double throw switch. Momentary hold for down and flip up the switch for sustained up. If someone starts screaming as the hatch comes down, just let go of the switch to stop movement down. The limit switches on the actuator control the total range of motion.
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I need some help, never used dock line chocks before. Where do I mount them in proximity to the center eye and what direction do the angles go ? What am I trying to achieve with the line chock?
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Think about the typical route of the dock lines and have the chocks angled so that the line passes through "fair". The purpose as far as I can tell is so you only have to have the cleat in the middle and your line can do through either side.
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Mine are mounted about even with the lifting eyes. If you run the line forward or back it is captured by the chock.

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Matt and Rich, thanks for the inputs, I think I’m getting the idea now.
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Headed to the Texas Parks and Rec department tomorrow for inspection, title and registration.
I spent an hour repacking the wheel bearings, been there and done that one more than once on the side of the road.
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It’s a legal boat now.
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Woohoo! Looks good in the sun.
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Good shake down cruise, she had only a few minor issues. Exhaust riser elbow had a small leak through a bolt and the shaft log had a small leak where it seals to the keel. No big deal stuff.

Very very pleased with the performance. With no fin it handles like a Cadillac with small inputs to the tiller and corners sharp and crisp when turned sharper as the forefoot grabs the water. I like the handling.
Prop is the 14x14 3 blade and it’s not enough. I’m screaming at 5400 rpm if run it WOT. Attached are a couple of YouTube videos
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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

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Cool stuff. I didnt know you were that close to first launch.
Congrats on that.
Looks like a really good hole shot.
Oak..........the juice ain't worth the squeeze :D :shock: :o :)

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Matt, really sweet boat you've built! Been following your build, but didn't realize you were ready for the water either! Really beautiful. Congrats!

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Re: 20ft Texas Barrel

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kens wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 5:39 pm
Cool stuff. I didnt know you were that close to first launch.
Congrats on that.
Looks like a really good hole shot.
14x14 3 blade wasn’t enough prop. What would you use next?
Matt B

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