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  • First time out in the new Seawolf!

    Well I guess I beat most of you out on the water this year. I just got back from 5 days in La Conner, Washington taking delivery and running my boat around. The plan is to do one more trip like this in March and then run it up the Inside Passage as far as Juneau in May. From there it will go on the ferry to Whittier. It is a Seawolf 31 with a Volvo Penta D6 along with a Yamaha 9.9HP kicker for trolling.



    The builder really went through the boat before I got it, so it worked quite well from the start. The main issue I am still having is the fuel gauge is still not reading right, which the Volvo dealer will be fixing in the coming weeks (their second try at it).

    We were doing performance tests with Coastal Marine, the engine supplier when we got chased down by the Coast Guard for a safety check. We were running at near full speed when I heard what I thought was an engine alarm, but it was really the siren on the Coast Guard boat.



    The numbers came out really good. Top speed is 38kts (44mph) and it cruises very nice at 26kts (30mph) at 9gph, which equates to 3.3 statute miles per gallon. I am quite pleased with this performance for a 12,000 lb boat. Unfortunately I only had my camera phone along so the pictures from this trip are pretty limited, but I did post a full series of pictures of the build process at http://www.aluminumalloyboats.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1056&start=0.







    Hopefully I will have it in PWS in time for one of the group get-togethers this summer.

    Jim
    2009 Seawolf 31'
    www.seawolfmarine.com
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    Those are some great numbers, Jim. Look forward to seeing her out on the Sound!
    sigpicSpending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by spoiled one View Post
      Those are some great numbers, Jim. Look forward to seeing her out on the Sound!
      Very nice! I am very impressed with the numbers.
      ... aboard the 'Memory Maker' sigpic Making Memories one Wave at a Time!

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      • #4
        I just got some better pictures from the Seawolf from the seatrials. I was regretting not getting any pictures of the boat underway.







        2009 Seawolf 31'
        www.seawolfmarine.com
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        • #5
          And here are some better interior shots:









          Jim
          2009 Seawolf 31'
          www.seawolfmarine.com
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          • #6
            That's a beautiful boat.

            FWW, I brought my 30' SeaSport Voyager up thru the Inside Passage to Juneau in 2006. Be happy to share my experiences/suggestions if you think that would be helpful to you.

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            • #7
              Helluva good looking boat. Great speed/fuel usage, too.

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              • #8
                What a beaut!

                Drool! Don't blame you a bit for filling the bragging board with those pictures, looks like a quality ride and you are getting great performance numbers!

                We boat out of Valdez, eastern sound, so don't know if I'll see you on the water, but if I do, prepare for boarding!

                Cap'n Ron
                Last edited by Cap'n Ron; 02-16-2009, 19:39. Reason: Senior moment on east/west!

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                • #9
                  Very Nice
                  Is that a propane tank in the cockpit? What type of heat do you have?

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                  • #10
                    Ron,

                    With my old boat I never got to the Valdez side, but I suspect that this will change.

                    Homer,

                    Yes, it is propane. At this point it is for the stovetop. I am thinking about running a fitting to the back so that I don't have to carry additional canisters for the BBQ. The main furnace for the cabin is a Webasco on a thermostat. I also have a hi/low blower for cabin heat off the engine as well as a blower for engine heat to the windows for defrost.

                    Jim
                    2009 Seawolf 31'
                    www.seawolfmarine.com
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                    • #11
                      fantastic mileage!

                      Very nice...extra cup of coffee over your build posts this morning. That company wasted no time getting your boat built for you. Good to know for the future.

                      Is that the door to the head across from your pilot station?

                      Is your davit set up to hoist the raft to the roof?

                      I like the fact that you have the same style of window all the way around.

                      Will look for you in Seward once you get her home.

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                      • #12
                        very nice looking boat! congrats.
                        Boatless

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                        • #13
                          VERY NICE, thanks for showing the pics.!
                          He who know nothing, still knows nothing

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Beetle Builder View Post
                            Very nice...extra cup of coffee over your build posts this morning. That company wasted no time getting your boat built for you. Good to know for the future.

                            Is that the door to the head across from your pilot station?

                            Is your davit set up to hoist the raft to the roof?

                            I like the fact that you have the same style of window all the way around.

                            Will look for you in Seward once you get her home.
                            Beetle,

                            Yes, that is the head across from the pilot station. You have to step down into it.

                            The davit is just for pulling pots. The builder put the pole hoders on the sides instead of the back like you often see. His reasoning is that the you can slide the dingy into the cockpit and into the water easily. I have a Jim King raft on order that is around 50 lbs, so I think I am OK without a davit. I plan on getting a Honda 2.5HP for it as well which I have a storage bracket for on the transom.

                            I opted out of bottom paint, which I think makes the boat a bit faster and more fuel efficient. We will see how much time I can leave it in the water before growth becomes a problem. I got one of the Hi-Tech aluminum trailers, which is quite a bit lighter and looks nice. I will know if that was a good decision or not by then end of summer.

                            Jim
                            2009 Seawolf 31'
                            www.seawolfmarine.com
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                            • #15
                              Very nice indeed Jim,

                              When is the open house (boat) for us envious Anchorage want-a-be big boat people. We really would like to see it when you get up here.

                              Congratulations

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