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Old 11-26-2014, 03:42 PM   #21
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Nice looking design and end result. What was the boat designed to do? WIth a three-foot draft, it would appear to be aimed at river/canal/protected coastal waters cruising. What was your intention when you set out to design and built it?
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Old 11-26-2014, 03:53 PM   #22
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Nice looking design and end result. What was the boat designed to do? WIth a three-foot draft, it would appear to be aimed at river/canal/protected coastal waters cruising. What was your intention when you set out to design and built it?
We built in for Florida, so the prop, rudder, keel coolers, etc are protected. For lots of air, the pilothouse windows slide down to open and then there's the back deck, which is the best place if there are no bugs. The V-hull allows some offshore work, which we just did again coming from Mobile to Sarasota...but she does roll a little more than a deeper V, or with some form of stabilization. I don't want the cost and complexity of active stabilizers (on this boat) and flopper-stoppers increase the air draft for more bridge openings. So it's all a compromise.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:03 PM   #23
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I built this four years ago. It's a modern V-hulled steel vessel. It is presently in Sarasota, FL at Marina Jack and is shown on my website:
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I have $850,000. invested and will sell for about $550,000.
She is a beauty

and your 2 boats down from a real rockstar
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Old 12-03-2014, 06:31 AM   #24
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Say, Wayfairer, if you had intended to post a pic of the kidney, I think you've got a mixup in your photo album.
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The details seem to say single engine. Why two stacks??
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:58 AM   #26
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The second stack is a 12 kw Northern Lights genset on a Walter keel cooler.
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:51 PM   #27
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Say, Wayfairer, if you had intended to post a pic of the kidney, I think you've got a mixup in your photo album.
Sadly, I lost all of my good kidney selfies when I let the blue smoke out of my old phone. I'm single at the moment, so I'm still looking for that special someone to help me take some snazzy new renal portraits.
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Old 12-03-2014, 10:04 PM   #28
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Hi CAPT JZ,

Just curious...Did you reduce the size of the fuel tank(s) on board Passage to 300 gallons, and if so, why? Are the fuel tanks larger in the original Branson "Thomas 50" design?
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:06 AM   #29
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No. The tanks are standard. With the smaller engines and speed limits of the European boats, they go forever. Even with my larger Cummins, I can probably go more than 1000 miles on a tank. I do have unused space in the bilge that could be more fuel, but if I were building it now, I'd use it for more blackwater storage.
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Thanks...and that may end up being a good deal for me !
the phone does not do it justice passed you in the distance today

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Thank you. And it was such a beautiful day.
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