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Old 10-12-2022, 06:43 AM   #961
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What a beautiful boat Doug! Congratulations, and wishing you many years of fun use!
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Old 10-12-2022, 11:40 AM   #962
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Our completion photos arrived yesterday. Here are a couple of pics. You can see the true craftsmanship that is put into everything about the boat. We are really happy with the way it turned out and really like the lighter settees and counter top. The planned arrival is set for late November.

I still need to get on a recently built 38e to look at the electronics cabling and positioning of the various pieces. While I have decided what I think would work best, being able to measure some wire and antenna runs would be extremely helpful.

Since this is an "east coast boat" with HVAC and a gennie, we opted for the induction stove top and microwave set up. in other words, we will not have propane on board. We also do not have the Webasto diesel heaters. We don't think that will be an issue other than possibly very early in the season when we leave the boat up north over the winter while underway on the great loop. We will also have an electric grill and additional fridge up top. They are part of a cabinet across from the settee.
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Old 10-12-2022, 11:55 AM   #963
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Really clean looking boat. Stoked for you guys.
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Old 10-12-2022, 12:06 PM   #964
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Our completion photos arrived yesterday. Here are a couple of pics. You can see the true craftsmanship that is put into everything about the boat. We are really happy with the way it turned out and really like the lighter settees and counter top. The planned arrival is set for late November.
Your boat looks beautiful. Weíre as excited to see your boat out of the nest as we are to see ours ready to ship. We also went the no propane route and our salons look very similar.

The ship thatís carrying Alba Bella to Seattle docked in Xiamen yesterday and we expect it to leave Shanghai on Sunday.

I noticed in our photos and yours that there is a metal fitting or device on the underside of the cockpit overhead at the centerline of the aft edge. I havenít seen that in other Helmsman photos and was curious what it might be.
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Old 10-12-2022, 12:15 PM   #965
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I am pretty sure that it is a light. Which will come in handy. I want to have a camera back there somewhere, so having a light back there will be handy.
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Old 10-12-2022, 12:30 PM   #966
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Looking sharp Helmsman!
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Old 10-12-2022, 02:26 PM   #967
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Wow, how exciting. Congratulations!!! Keep us updated on the progress.
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Old 10-12-2022, 06:55 PM   #968
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Looks fantastic Helmsman.
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Old 10-12-2022, 07:44 PM   #969
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We know just how you feel about the finish. Absolutely beautiful. Just wait until you step on board for the first time. Congratulations.
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Old 10-13-2022, 12:31 AM   #970
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Helmsman! Fantastic! Nice ride for sure! Canít wait to follow your adventures. For the moment we must live vicariously through your eyes! Congratulations
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Old 10-13-2022, 07:43 AM   #971
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Question about the Helmsman:


Are all the Helmsman boats full displacement, slow speed trawlers, or do some have some speed capability to get up on plane? All single engine?


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Old 10-13-2022, 07:54 AM   #972
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Question about the Helmsman:


Are all the Helmsman boats full displacement, slow speed trawlers, or do some have some speed capability to get up on plane? All single engine?


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All of the models I know of are semi-displacement and single engine. The 31 is basically the old Camano 31, so it'll definitely exceed hull speed by a decent margin. Most of the other models will exceed hull speed, but they're fairly slow SD hulls and won't plane, so especially with the standard engines, they're not fast by any means. None of them will cruise in the mid teens unless you add rocket boosters.
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Old 10-13-2022, 08:04 AM   #973
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Are all the Helmsman boats full displacement, slow speed trawlers, or do some have some speed capability to get up on plane? All single engine?


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The 38 and 43 are both single engine boats. I put the 480 hp version of the QSB in mine. The Helmsman folks suggested adding trim tabs for the additional HP. So the bow would probably lift out of the water without them at higher RPMís. (the higher HP engine was my wifeís requirement to outrun storms, etc., I wasnít interested in the additional speed it could provide). If I had wanted a planing boat, I would have gone a different direction.
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Old 10-13-2022, 08:13 AM   #974
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Are all the Helmsman boats full displacement, slow speed trawlers, or do some have some speed capability to get up on plane? All single engine?

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I spent a lot of time talking about and looking into this. As others have opined, Helmsman boats are not planing hulls. However, they are on the semi-displacement spectrum (flat aft sections in the hull, somewhat similar to some Maine-built 'downeast' designs such as Wilbur). I've been told that the 38, when fitted with a 480 hp engine, can reach 16 knots.

The design target of my 38 Sedan (currently being built), with a 550 hp engine, is to be able to achieve 15-17 knots.
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Old 10-13-2022, 08:22 AM   #975
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I spent a lot of time talking about and looking into this. As others have opined, Helmsman boats are not planing hulls. However, they are on the semi-displacement spectrum (flat aft sections in the hull, somewhat similar to some Maine-built 'downeast' designs such as Wilbur). I've been told that the 38, when fitted with a 480 hp engine, can reach 16 knots.

The design target of my 38 Sedan (currently being built), with a 550 hp engine, is to be able to achieve 15-17 knots.
With the 480 that number seems right to me. The variable is that occurs with a clean hull and running gear, according to a couple of earlier discussions.
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Well done Helmsman: Looks beauty! We look forward to your visit in Gananoque Ontario when you do the loop. We are open all year - June to August
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Well done Helmsman: Looks beauty! We look forward to your visit in Gananoque Ontario when you do the loop. We are open all year - June to August
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Will put that in the planner!
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Old 10-13-2022, 12:08 PM   #978
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On that same note, let me know if you're stopping into Rochester on your loop and we'll make sure to say hi!
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Will do!
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Wow! Another real beauty! Congrats!
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