Build Thread: Osprey 18 Flats Skiff

Discussion in 'Bragging Spot' started by LWalker, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. bryson

    bryson I Love microskiff.com!

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    Beautiful! Glad to see her on the water -- congratulations man, that's got to feel good!
     
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  2. tomahawk

    tomahawk Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations Luke! Its an awesome feeling.
     

  3. wooddrow

    wooddrow I Love microskiff.com!

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  4. LWalker

    LWalker Well-Known Member

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    I really gave the boat a thorough test this morning and I could not be happier with the performance.

    2 Guys
    15 Gallons Fuel
    4500 RPMs = 30mph cruise (8.5 MPG)
    6200 RPMs = 41.5mph top speed
    Draft: 7" draft measured with a ruler :)

    The boat gets up it in very shallow water with the plate all the way up.

    The boat turns great, cuts through chop, and rides very good.

    The boat is silent on the drift in some pretty good chop.

    I still have to pole the boat, but based on what I have seen so far, it will do very well. We pushed it around a little today in the shallows and it definitely spins well. I think it will track very well based on how it acts on the drift and underway.

    Well done on the design Timm!

    Here is some video we took today:


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  5. mtoddsolomon

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    That thing is incredible! Great Job!!
     
  6. billeh

    billeh Active Member

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    I wish I had both your skills and your patience to grind through the build process. The best looking skiff I've seen since joining the site, and I've done a lot of lurking.
     
  7. bryson

    bryson I Love microskiff.com!

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    Jaw dropping! Are you planning to leave it without a rubrail? Definitely looks super clean that way, but I'd be afraid of everything!
     
  8. tgjohnso

    tgjohnso Well-Known Member

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    truly - this thing is amazing.
     
  9. Boatdesigner

    Boatdesigner I Love microskiff.com!

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    Beautiful job Luke! Your craftsmanship makes me look good. I defy anyone to tell that isn't a fiberglass boat pulled from a mold. I really love the cushions as well. The brown "leather" look goes really well with the varnished wood. Have you given any thought to adding a stainless half round around the deck edge? A little jewelry to go with the wood. I always worry when a boat doesn't have a rub rail, even though I know it will probably never be tied to a dock.

    Do you think she has the correct prop? I don't know what RPM those engines are supposed to run. It looks like she gets right up on plane without sticking her nose in the air as well.

    Now we have to see if she catches fish! Once again, great job!
     
  10. Boatdesigner

    Boatdesigner I Love microskiff.com!

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    Oops! Bryson and I must have been typing at the same time!
     
  11. LWalker

    LWalker Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone!

    I need to to take some time to thank some folks:
    • God for everything. What a blessing this whole process has been in so many ways. Philippians 4:13
    • Ashley(wife) this one goes without saying. Finances, Boat time, Faith, Encouragement. She likes to fish too
    • Timm - Designer and question answer-er :)
    • Roger and Ragan - Thanks so much for all your help working, ideas, and just talking boats
    • Wyatt (son) This one is for me and you bud!
    • Numerous others that help in one way or another - Ridge, Pat, Cory, Chris, Lafronz, Justin, and I am sure I forgot some.....
    • All you guys that provided me with feedback, ideas and encouragement.


    The boat will get a white rubrail. I still have several more projects that need to be completed:

    Rubrail
    Push Pole holders
    Push Pole Caddie
    Running lights
    Casting Platform mount
    Storage solutions for under hatches
    Front Hatch Latch
    Trailer guides
     
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  12. Boatdesigner

    Boatdesigner I Love microskiff.com!

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    Do you have any of that mahogany left? Maybe enough for a nice little varnished piece around the sheer, screwed on with little bronze screws. Now I only suggest this as I am not the one who has to keep it varnished!:D
     
  13. LWalker

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    No not enough. However, I did forget to list the mahogany toe rails that will be added.
     
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  14. JT PCBFL

    JT PCBFL Well-Known Member

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    So stoked seeing this thing done Luke, and so happy for you! I chuckled when I saw Lafronz on here..the man the legend. Way to keep God first brother! Ill catch up with you when I am back in the states, have fun on the new whip brother.
     
  15. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    Wow what a journey this has been. Congrats on getting her going, see looks great!
     
  16. c_ronius

    c_ronius I Love microskiff.com!

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    Awesome!

    I have followed this thread since the beginning, and after watching that video I can't stop smiling.

    Bravo... excellent work, it is beautiful!
     
  17. permitchaser

    permitchaser I Love Skinny Water

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    I think cats and dogs are going to start living together

    Great looking skiff. Hope it doesn't take 3 years to slime it
     
  18. LWalker

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    Sorry I missed this one....I am running 6200 RPMs(6300 redline on F70) with a 17 pitch Powertech SCD3 which is a stern lifting semi cleaver prop. I am getting 41.5mph on the GPS which calculates out to about 6% slip. The prop is used and needs the leading edges cleaned up and has a slight bend on one of the tips. Once I get the prop shop to work on that we should be good to go.
     
  19. Wolffie

    Wolffie Well-Known Member

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    It looks beautiful!!!! Congratulations! That must be a wonderful feeling! Some day....
     
  20. Donnie

    Donnie Well-Known Member

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    @LWalker

    I used to only check Microskiff sporadically so I somehow missed this thread. Man LWalker take a bow brother! That is one beautiful skiff, great craftsmanship, and determination.
     
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