The day arrived to see either how much time I had wasted, or to see how much more time I would be wasting.
All we had to do was get the boat from the tree to the water.
First things first. Sweetie was properly christened with a bottle of San Miguel beer. What else would you use in the Philippines?? We had to stick a rock through one of the holes in the bow to break the bottle on. The glass is really thick on those bottles.
The first passenger was Nicky and Arlene's little boy. He rode while the rest of us rolled the boat towards the sea on pieces of bamboo and coconut tree logs.
Our land engine.
It's not sinking!! The draught of the boat without any people was about 3". That means that the boat sunk down into the water about 3". The flat, heavy bow made it a bit front heavy until the engine was mounted, and I climbed into the driver's seat, then it was just about perfectly balanced. While having the boat be balanced was a pretty critical aspect of the construction, I have no idea how it actually happened to work out as well as it did.
The maiden voyage. I didn't think to ask if everyone could swim.
We made a tour of the bay and stopped in front of Sweetie's future home in Tambobo for sopas (bread) and drinks, and then cruised over to The KooKoo's Nest resort outside the bay.
After we made it back to Palinpinon and dropped everyone off, Nicky and I took Sweetie for a high-speed run around the bay. The 15HP engine was easily able to get the boat up on a plane with just the two of us, and the trim tab. Even though the trim tab was way too small it was able to control the bow just fine, however, it didn't make it into the final version of the boat.
DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW BUILD A BIG BOAT
JUST A COUPLE MORE THINGS
A GOOD DAY
THE NOT SO POINTY END
THE INSIDE AND THE TOPSIDE
I THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?
WHAT IT WAS BUILT FOR