Couldnt have asked for a better day - water was dang near like glass, espar heater worked great keeping my wife warm. Will post pix when I get them off my buddies camera.
Few of things I need to do:
1. Boat is underpropped, rev limiter (6100 rpm) on suzuki kicked in just before I could get to WOT. Disappointed that the max speed for the DF250 was only 35MPH though - better prop might help with that. Have a SS quicksilver tempest 14.6 x 21 on it - need to go to a 23 pitch.
2. Didnt realize just how bow-heavy pilothouse boats are, not getting much bow lift - changing to a Solas cupped prop might help, the solas props have a bit more cupping just for that reason. Might help my top speed too.
2A. Gonna try a permatrim; deep V bottoms seem to benefit the most from anti-cavitation plate add-ons. Getting more of the boat out of the water might help with my top end also. Boat weighs about 5500 lbs loaded.
The 96" wide bottom really helps with stability, I'm also only drawing about 20 inches of water. Rough estimate of 2.5 MPG - thought I'd do better, I can live with it though. Got asked twice to see my oversize permit.
Having a bathroom on the boat is GREAT, wife was happy, the seawater deck washdown it cool too.