I’m off the remainder of the week, so today I decided to fix the leak on the Jupiter. I found the culprit, sealed that, then ran thin ca along the hull plate edges, and spread thin epoxy inside near the suspected area just in case. I then took her to my church’s test pond, and ran her pretty hard. After about 30 minutes of running, I took on maybe a scant tablespoon of water, and I honestly think part of that was spray getting under the cabin.
This boat is unreal. It handles almost as good as her big sister. My buddy Larry has one, and it handles well. This one does as well. It gets on plane very easily and stays there, no matter what the operator does, even though I spun her once.
Once we came home, I did some paint touch up and added a couple of details. I also added magnets to help hold the cabin in place. I made up a bulkhead that accepts a dowel I built into the cabin, like the locating down on a model airplane wing. I took one of the metal cleats and installed it just aft of the cabin, thus not allowing it to slip back, while the magnets add another layer of security.
I really enjoyed this boat, she will vie with my SAR as my “always bring” boat. She’s a keeper!!