After we launched our new boat at the Jensen Beach Causeway ramp Nancy took this photo.
Jensen Beach, FL
On February 2nd, after a brief sea trial in Cape Coral, we loaded her up and brought
the Acadia Belle back across Florida on her trailer. See: Acadia Belle comes home!
We were able to park her right in front of our house - where we made some
last-minute tweaks, including installing the graphics and registration numbers.
With her running lights turned on, there are four sets of port & starboard lights
visible here - as well as a full moon above our new house.
With the boat on our neighbor's boat lift,
this is the view from our deck.
Stern view showing the newly-applied graphics. That's our deck
on the right with the orange windsock.
With a bit of modification to the bunks, Acadia Belle fit perfectly
on our neighbor's boat lift - right next to his 34' Cabo sportfsh.
At left is the model C10 Suzuki Color
Display module. On this page you can
see: 1) the Fuel Gauge (on left), 2) the
amount of Fuel Used since fill-up (0.7
gal), 3) Fuel Burn rate (1.95 gph), Mileage
(3.04 nautical miles per gallon), 4) Boat
Speed (5.9 kts), 5) RPM (2100 rpm) and
6) Depth (3.1 feet) - not to mention a
reflection of me taking the photo!
And this is only one of six pages available
on this over-functioning instrument!
With calm weather over the past couple days, I've been able to calibrate
the compass and get the Garmin chart-plotter, autopilot and Suzuki color
display monitor all working properly.
A quick Sea Trial yielded the following figures:
(1 person aboard, full fuel, water tank 1/2 full.)
RPM Spd kts GPH nMPG Range*
1000 4.2 0.8 5.4 321
1500 5.8 1.4 4.2 254
2000 7.0 1.8 3.7 238
2500 8.2 2.6 3.0 193
3000 12.0 3.4 3.5 216
3500 15.0 4.6 3.3 200
4000 18.5 6.1 3.0 186
4500 22 7.6 2.9 177
5000 25 10.0 2.2 153
5500 28 13.4 2.0 128
5900 30.5 17.8 1.8 105
The Suzuki C10 Color Display takes the place of many analog gauges.
Interesting to note that up to 15 knots, this boat gets
about the same mileage as our PDQ Sno' Dog.
So far, we couldn't be happier with our new little boat.
We look forward to many happy adventures aboard the
On the ride back to Nettles Island, the wind had kicked up to 15-20
knots out of the north, so we rolled down the side curtains. But we were
happilly surprised by the lack of spray, the side curtains were virtually dry
when we got home. Paul, who owns an Atlas Pompano 21, remarked
that the Acadia Belle appears to be much drier in chop than his boat.
Click on photos to view larger image...
* Range in nautical miles, 10% fuel remaining.
02/19/2017 - Our first official outing with friends... A luncheon
trip with Paul and Ann gooding to the Dolphin Bar in Jensen Beach.
Ann Gooding and Nancy enjoying a smooth ride at 18 knots down the ICW.
Paul & Ann - and Nancy seated - at the Dophin Bar in Jensen Beach.
Setting off on an outing with brother Kit (waving) and friends Ned and Pat Hatfield.
Proud owner Henry at the helm.
Work in progress... A new drawer for our Coleman Butane Stove.
|I decided to install a drawer in
the empty space above the fridge.
I made it just big enough for our
handy little Coleman butane stove.
With a bit of Watco Teak Oil it
should match the rest of the teak
trim in the cabin.
We're looking forward to some
overnight cruising in Acadia Belle.
We'll let you know how it goes. A
bit compact compared to the palatial
accommodations of Sno' Dog!
We're off for a week's cruise -
see Page 3