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Old 08-31-2017, 05:19 PM
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A video of her running would be sweet, hint, hint.
Forgive the awful video but this was early in the sea trial run of hull #1. After delivery I'll get proper video and numbers for folks.
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Old 09-01-2017, 11:22 AM
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Great looking boat. Thanks for the pictures.

I don't have an iPhone but someone on here said if you hold the phone horizontally when taking pics they will post right. Not sure but something to try.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:08 PM
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Dropped in today. The deck is in. Dry fit. It'll now come out to get glassed underneath.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:46 PM
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The electronics planning has also started. Need to start sketching out placements to ensure we get enough console space to flush mount everything.

Current Thinking subject to change on good advice received ...
  • Raymarine Axiom 7" MFD #1
  • Raymarein Axiom 7" MFD #2
  • TBD / Thru Hull / Airmar B117
  • TBD - VHF Radio - Would like something NMEA2000 w/ AIS Receive.
    • Simrad RS35
    • Standard GX6000 (if it ever gets beyond vaporware)
    • ICOM 506
  • Suzuki C10 Gauge
  • Ritchie F82 Compass
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:27 AM
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The status the other week from the builder was "The Mona Lisa wasn't created in a day"...

All kidding aside, we did have some hurricane prep drills the past few weeks and the fuel tank delivery and selection was delayed. Ended up with a poly tank due to the costs with the corrosion/mounting kits associated with the aluminum option. Builder appears to be doing a through job blocking in the tank for support and it'll be foamed in after all that too. The tank will be under the console floor, ideas of recessing the floor inside the center console have been deleted in favor of keeping the forward "fish" box and fuel tank forward in the boat.

Decking was getting glassed today, we agreed on center console dimensions which raise the prior consoles by 8" for more mounting space for electronics.

Still looking for options that allow for pulling an inner-tube/kids without doing traditional eyes on the transom (that inevitably rust). Perhaps substantial fixed cleats w/ hawse pipes and I'll make a fitted towing bridle for it.


For those that were at the Morehead City Seafood Festival, Hull #1, the same boat we sea trialed, was on the dock at the boat show on display.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by bpevans View Post
The electronics planning has also started. Need to start sketching out placements to ensure we get enough console space to flush mount everything.

Current Thinking subject to change on good advice received ...
  • Raymarine Axiom 7" MFD #1
  • Raymarein Axiom 7" MFD #2
  • TBD / Thru Hull / Airmar B117
  • TBD - VHF Radio - Would like something NMEA2000 w/ AIS Receive.
    • Simrad RS35
    • Standard GX6000 (if it ever gets beyond vaporware)
    • ICOM 506
  • Suzuki C10 Gauge
  • Ritchie F82 Compass
Looks great. I would recommend you go with Simrad MFDs, especially since you are using a C10 Suzuki gauge (actually made by Simrad I believe). If you're wanting AIS, you can overlay easily from the RS35 to the Simrad Evo 2s, or Evo 3s if you decide to go that route. Also, the C10 has the same profile as the Simrad MFDs, which makes for a nice aesthetic touch. This is coming from a guy with a Suzuki, C10 gauge,12" and 9" Evo 2, and an RS35

Question- will the stringers be foam filled?

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Old 10-12-2017, 01:14 PM
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Question- will the stringers be foam filled?
Yes, the boat is going to be foamed for flotation requirements as well.

I'm a big fan of the Simrad electronics, just playing with both, the new Raymarine Axiom units seemed a better fit size, feature, and price wise. Even that Axiom 7 is NMEA 2000 networkable and it's also reassuring that the Axiom line-up just won the USCG small boats contract recently too. I'm a software guy by trade, and I liked the flow & UI on the new Lighthouse software from Raymarine.
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Old 11-03-2017, 11:32 AM
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What is the cost of a boat like this?

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Old 11-03-2017, 01:15 PM
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It's more affordable than some other custom carolina builds but it all comes down to what you spec for AJ Willis to build. He's on Facebook and the web to work with ideas you might have for it.

Our build is still progressing, the boat has now been foamed in, decks getting glassed down.
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Old 11-04-2017, 07:54 PM
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Why is the fuel pick up and sender up front and not towards the back?
You're not going to have accurate fuel reading and might not get fuel to the motor evethough there's fuel in the tank. I think the tank should be installed other way around. Just saying. ...
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Old 11-04-2017, 09:15 PM
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Looks very similar to a couple boats Jamie Lewis build for a neighbor of mine. Nice clean lines.
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:38 AM
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How's she coming along?
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Old 01-06-2018, 11:57 AM
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Work is coming along still, we're out of the mold, decks painted, boxes started, motor ordered, and center console is out of the mold and cut & stretched how we wanted it. Photos to follow
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Sure looks like a Harkers Island boat. No question it’ll be solid.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:25 PM
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Just for another update, we're out of the mold, decks in, boxes done, console on deck, spray rails on and faired. Console is stretched now to give us room for flush electronics. Should be getting a deck cap and paint before long.
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Electronics are ordered. Outboard is delivered although we haven't seen it yet, t-top and canvas are rumored to be close to done as well. We had a minor setback with the forward seats needing to shift aft but we're hopeful that a sea trial and completion is now in the foreseeable future. Keel is cut down to the profile we wanted, slightly deeper than prior hulls to give us some more bite in turns.
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I had a older wooden boat like her used her for crabbing -gillnetting in Va.,mine had a 350 chevy straight shaft velvet drive 1to1 transmission,she would run,the chevy got kind of tired,dropped an Olds 455 in, oh yeah... nothing like the sound of that Olds thru dual 4inch wet exhaust. Have you built one with a v-8 ? Very curious..
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Originally Posted by Scrapp4455 View Post
I had a older wooden boat like her used her for crabbing -gillnetting in Va.,mine had a 350 chevy straight shaft velvet drive 1to1 transmission,she would run,the chevy got kind of tired,dropped an Olds 455 in, oh yeah... nothing like the sound of that Olds thru dual 4inch wet exhaust. Have you built one with a v-8 ? Very curious..
I think AJ Willis is on this board and will hopefully chime in on that build question. I do know of another one locally here that is I believe 24ft and has a Cummins diesel and straight-shaft in it although I've never been out on it running. All the more recent 22 builds have been outboard powered I believe.

We're now at the point where we're waiting on paint. Really hoping we're done and delivered by May now. Electronics were turned over to the builder a couple weeks ago and the t-top is done although we haven't seen it on site yet.
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Old 04-09-2018, 11:17 AM
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I think she'd be perfect with a 383 or a 406 small block Chevrolet 1to 1 or so, 15or 16 dia. wheel. Oh yeah ,I stopped by your shop this past winter and saw your glass version,super nice my wooden one was built there on the island, 22 ft. cedar and cypress , dont like upkeep of wood plus easy to trailer fiberglass hulls,keep up the good work!
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bpevans; looking at this boat, for me it's different than most (just my $.001 useless opinion)... but I fully understand the lines and purpose. Like said before, and reading around here and there, it is a Harkers boat. Will serve it's new owners very well, those builders there knew and know what they were/are doing. Please keep the progress reports. I want to see the finished product.
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