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Old 10-30-2018, 06:25 AM
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Any updates Chris?
Old 10-30-2018, 07:00 AM
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What size exhaust is in the boat? Looks like you may have to increase the diameter of that from the looks of it.
Old 11-10-2018, 02:52 PM
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Sorry guys been hard at it but no pics until tomorrow.
Exhaust is 8” so no change needed but I will be putting in oval exhaust at the hull to allow a central overboard drain and hidden gen exhaust
second engine is ready to go in and all the stainless engine rails and trans brackets are installed where they need to be and mist eliminators are installed. I’m hoping to install engines tomorrow or Monday and finish plumbing by Friday. We should be headed south week after thanksgiving.

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Old 11-11-2018, 05:14 AM
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Oh man!! Seeing some of these pics make the hair stand up on my neck. From the looks of it this your previous boat owner was also mine. Scary to think what that guy thinks is ok to do in a boat. Surprised neither of these boats caught fire. The omie has been a fun and great project but it difinatly ate my lunch as far as budget and time frame went. She’s nearing completion thank god. I think we are a couple weeks away from final pics. Good luck to u on this project. I’m sure she’s gonna turn out beautiful now that she’s in the right hands.

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Old 11-12-2018, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Oh Reely! View Post
Oh man!! Seeing some of these pics make the hair stand up on my neck. From the looks of it this your previous boat owner was also mine. Scary to think what that guy thinks is ok to do in a boat. Surprised neither of these boats caught fire. The omie has been a fun and great project but it difinatly ate my lunch as far as budget and time frame went. She’s nearing completion thank god. I think we are a couple weeks away from final pics. Good luck to u on this project. I’m sure she’s gonna turn out beautiful now that she’s in the right hands.

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glad you guys are finally winding down. Did you ever get the Veem props in? What did your performance numbers come in at? Shaft size?
All in all the boat isn’t as bad as the nightmare you guys had been dealt but the misrepresentation and sneaky hiding of issues was the biggest complaint I had. Just a flat out liar.
Old 11-16-2018, 03:55 PM
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starboard engine is set in place with new LASDROP Gen 2 shaft seals. I had to send my old split couplings out to get remachined to match the new transmissions, what a nihghtmare, great transmissions but a real pain in the ass to match up in these parts. We had to increase the sterntube diameter so I added on a piece of 3 1/2" OD pipe I had at my old stomping grounds to get the shaft seal to line up diameter wise. Tomorrow I have to do some surgery on the port stern tube to fix the damage that DR Evil did in the past. Starboard mist eliminators are piped in and tomorrow we will do the Port side as well. We should be setting port motor on Monday,,,,,,stay tuned......
On a good note though, looks like we are good with the 2" shafts, I checked and double checked with my prop guy and he says plenty of safety factor and spoke with a gy that has the same engine package in a 45' Hatteras and he has 6000 hours on his shafts the same size so Im thinkin this little rubber duckie will be just fine.
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port side shaft log is rebiuilt and dripless coupling is installed, I reinforced the shaft log and put another ayer of glass on top of filets so she is solid as a rock. Before and after pics of engine beds.

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Old 12-03-2018, 03:53 PM
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Cummins rep came in today for check out on wiring. It appears like we will be wrapping up the starboard exhaust tommorrow and tidying up things a bit tommorrow and get her wet and do the engine alignment. Looks like Thursday will be startup day Then head south on Tuesday bar any issues,,,,,,BRRRRRR!!!!!!!
Old 12-08-2018, 06:47 PM
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Default Today was sea trial today

After sorting through some integration bugs we got things talking to each other today and got to let her breathe a little. I am verynpleased with her performance and I’m sure it will be much better with the new props the right size. Just about 1mpg in all rpm ranges. Not bad for 44’ er.





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Great economy, love the cup holders next to engine gauges
Old 12-09-2018, 07:31 AM
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Awesome job!!! Following.
Old 12-09-2018, 07:38 AM
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That looks like pretty good performance. Based on the fuel burn data you looked to be significantly under propped. Looks like you could pick up several knots with the right props.

Who is the Cummins tech you are working with?
Old 12-09-2018, 08:42 AM
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Awesome project, I'm in on this.
Old 12-09-2018, 01:33 PM
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I can run those speeds on my 46 burning a mere double what you burn. Simply amazing and your numbers will get even better with the right props.I wanna ride!
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Originally Posted by WavRidr359 View Post
That looks like pretty good performance. Based on the fuel burn data you looked to be significantly under propped. Looks like you could pick up several knots with the right props.

Who is the Cummins tech you are working with?
Wes came out for the wiring and to fire them up. We didn’t have power to the transmissions so I did the sea trial and Joe Sasse is coming up tomorrow just to check on things. We won’t get to the temps and such until I bring it back from getting the paint done in the spring because we are so under propped.
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Subscribed. Awesome project!
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Originally Posted by keezdisease View Post

Wes came out for the wiring and to fire them up. We didn’t have power to the transmissions so I did the sea trial and Joe Sasse is coming up tomorrow just to check on things. We won’t get to the temps and such until I bring it back from getting the paint done in the spring because we are so under propped.
Wes is great and extremely knowledgeable! He was very involved in my repower project last year.
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subscribed. thanks for sharing with us.
Old 12-10-2018, 07:07 PM
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Cummins tech came out today just to get the ecm model. Engines are only running 57% at WOT GIVING US 30 knots. Tomorrow we head out at 0 dark thirty with full fuel and half a load. Will update when we get in.
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