SeaPiper 35 – Launched for the first time
We launched SeaPiper #1 !
She is floating right on her lines, is cute as heck and offers wonderful stability due to her hull shape and relatively high ballast factor. We did some initial trial runs up and down the river to get a feel for how the boat performs.
SeaPiper #1 is not completely finished yet: there is some interior finishing to do, transom doors need to be added, bow roller installed, and the side boarding doors need a bit more work, but this won’t take long. We were anxious to get her in the water to get some preliminary test data.
We were most pleasantly surprised by her characteristics: the boat tracks really well, and even though she has a narrow beam she is not tender or “tippy” at all. Once power is applied she picks up speed smoothly and quickly and steering is crisp and responsive. We are going to refrain from listing sea trial speed and rpm data at this time because we need to correct the propeller pitch some more: we have the boat under-propped a bit right now. So stand by for final data, but performance and handling are looking really good 🙂
Below some more pictures:
And one last video: