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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:36 pm

Getting closer.

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby wooldridge1 » Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:17 pm

I sure enjoy the build pics. Looks very nice.

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:33 pm

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Great White » Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:50 pm

Wow....looks pretty cool.
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:44 pm

Some inside pics. Just a few more wires and we'll have it.

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:17 pm

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby wooldridge1 » Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:06 pm

Very nice!
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Upacreek » Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:37 pm

Give us the details Tom! You teased us with dock video......how did it run?
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:50 am

Upacreek wrote:Give us the details Tom! You teased us with dock video......how did it run?


Really impressive. 45.4 mph! 29'er with 8' bottom and 10 beam. For a very large loaded boat with a single engine, that's pretty dam good.
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Eagle1 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:01 pm

Are we going to the dam?


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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Roberts450 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:12 pm

Upacreek wrote:Give us the details Tom! You teased us with dock video......how did it run?

Video?? Is there a link I missed??
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Upacreek » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:34 pm

Precision Weld put up a teaser video on face book.
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Roberts450 » Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:39 pm

Wasn't following them there but I am now. thanks :Drink:
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:40 pm

We did a load test on the lifting eyes. Thanks to TLC towing for using their rotator.

We rounded up 15 people at the boat ramp to do a load test on the water. Boat ran 44.3 mph with 15 peeps on board. It took al little longer to get on step then with just two but not that noticeable. Of course the top end rarely suffers with a Hamilton once you're feeding the jet.

We've been working on another first. I changed the program on the Maxsteer to incorporate with Garmin's auto-pilot system. We should be testing it this weekend. If works like it should you program in your waypoints into a route (like every crab pot you drop) and then push auto-pilot and the Maxsteer takes over and drives the route. If anyone cuts in front of you or whatever you just grab the jot stick and it overrides the auto-pilot. Then push auto-pilot again to resume route. Much like overriding your cruise control on your car except this is steering the boat. A lot of crab boats in Alaska use an auto-pilot.

You wouldn't use it on a river like the Snake but surely on the Columbia. You just program to run the channel and go. As the GPS speed increases the Garmin auto-pilot recognizes it because it's tied into the NMEA 2K backbone and slows down the steering. I'll let you know how it works and post a video.

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Idamainer » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:04 pm

I must say that is an awesome looking boat going down the freeway near Boise today, nice work on that build. Drive safe on the way to delivery.
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:07 pm

We got the boat delivered and had a great time teaching everyone on the Great Lakes. I will post some pics of it after they get the Sheriff's Office striping and badging on it. This was a cool fun build that challenged us at times but we like a challenge. A special thanks to Garmin International working with us to incorporate an auto-pilot into our Maxsteer system. It works far better than my expectations. We have a separate set of gains on the auto-pilot below 15 mph then lower the gains above 15 mph so it doesn't oversteer. It seriously drives the boat better than I can. We plotted a route on the St Clair river which runs a strong current between Lake Michigan and Erie. One of the turning points on the route was a 90 degree turn so at 35 mph I was curious how it would react. The Garmin auto-pilot observed the 90 degree turn so it purposely drew a new line with more radias in the corner and the autopilot turned the boat easily never going off course. Our Maxsteer does all the boat turning so we only had to figure out how make the auto-pilot talk to the Maxsteer ECM. If an obstacle or other boat jumps in front if you just grabbing the joystick dis-engages the auto-pilot and driver has full control. Push the engage button on the Garmin and auto-pilot takes over again and will hold a heading or follow a route. I'm very happy with it. Thank you Wayne and everyone on the St Clair County dive/rescue team and everyone else involved with this build.
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:36 pm

Finished pics with their badging installed.

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby Maxrat » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:44 pm

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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby smitty » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:08 pm

Very good Tom, & thanks for the vid!
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Re: 29' St Clair County government boat

Postby unntofas » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:31 pm

Maxrat wrote:Here is a news story on the boat

http://www.thetimesherald.com/media/cin ... autologin=

Thank you for this answer.
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