Sunday, 23 September 2012

Back to the yard

Over this weekend the boat has been moved back from Hatherton to Dadford's Wharf where the fit out will continue tomorrow.
Whilst waiting at the top of Bratch Locks I was able to take this 3/4 view.

The boat handles very well - except for sluggish reversing and stopping which is an effect of the shortage of ballast.
By way of explanation:
The counter (at the back of the hull) is about 3 inches above the water line.
When travelling forwards the counter is pulled down into the water to an acceptable level and the prop operates efficiently.
In reverse this does not happen and the propeller sucks in air from the surface and runs in froth rather than "gripping " the water.

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