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New Riverhawk Family Boat Build

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Post by Napa Mike » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:07 pm

Hi all:
After looking around for nearly 5 years, we are finally getting our own Alloy Boat--a 24 foot Riverhawk Pro Cuddy. I boat and fish primarily with my Dad and brother Tony, so a new acquisition required a unanimous decision. It took me the first couple of years to convince them we were better off in an alloy boat. :-) In the end, the durability, utility and functionality won out. Pops just got a place at Driftwood Keys--which has a marina--so we are looking forward to keeping the boat in the water and spending more time together fishing and crabbing, etc. We looked at a lot of boats--and this one fit our needs best. Our boat is being built now, and we expect to take delivery in April--just in time for spring Halibut. We just got the first build photos--and more are expected as we move along. I will keep you all up to date. But first, here are some of the particulars.

24 foot Riverhawk Cuddy Pro
self-draining deck
Alaska Bulkhead
250 Yamaha Main
9.9 kicker
2nd steering station for the Kicker
Pops is still reasonably spry for a guy in his 70's, but Riverhawk offered to put in a side door and padded gunnels so we can keep Pops fishing for a long time.
Thanks to Bob (Chaps) for his guidance over the last couple of years--and all the rest of you guys too!
Cheers,
Mike

BUILD PHOTOS:
1-5 posted with original post
6-12B posted on March 3, 2015
14 + 15 added March 18! Showing Geezer Gate and almost ready for paint
16 to 21 added April 16 just prior to shipment
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Behold the Geezer Gate! Photo added 03 18 15
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Now we can keep the old man fishing for at least another decade! Added 03 18 15
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added 4/16 note padding and "Geezer Gate" :-)
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added 4/16 sweet looking stern!
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Re: New Riverhawk Family Boat Build

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Post by goatram » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:34 am

Stay on top of them Mike. Take alot of Pictures As well to Document the BUILD_____________________ :thumbsup:

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Post by Gypseas » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:11 pm

Exciting times, nothing like the feeling of new welded aluminum. Gonna have her bare or painted?
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Post by Napa Mike » Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:10 pm

thanks Guys! I will keep the pics coming. we opted for no paint on the hull--just a narrow blue vinyl wrap just below the gunnel.
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Post by jetboatnorson » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:47 pm

Looks good I know how excited you must be :beer: mine is getting close to paint and rigging keep the pics coming

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Post by Napa Mike » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:26 pm

jetboatnorson wrote:Looks good I know how excited you must be :beer: mine is getting close to paint and rigging keep the pics coming
Thanks! when is your boat going to be ready? We are looking at around April 15!
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Post by jetboatnorson » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:34 pm

Honestly I don't ask date but I assume around same time as yours motor will be here this week :clap: I go 1 time a week and check on it if I had to guess after being there today they have a week of welding left give or take a little..

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Post by jetboatnorson » Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:36 pm

If you are going to leave your boat in the salt all summer are you going to bottom paint?

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Post by goatram » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:13 pm

jetboatnorson wrote:If you are going to leave your boat in the salt all summer are you going to bottom paint?
A month in Westport or in the sound you will need to pull the boat and Bleach the hull and wash her bottom clean or you will hate life. Ask Bob @CHAPS about what he has seen of the local boats not protected. :axe:
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Post by Napa Mike » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:25 pm

Hey Guys:
I have already asked my uncle Bob about getting on his schedule for bottom paint :-) The funny think is--Bob's shop is less than a mile from my house--so I can stop by and help out too!
Mike

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Post by Chaps » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:09 am

Mike, you know my rate policy . . .

$50 per hour

$70 if you watch

$90 if you help

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Post by markh2000 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:15 pm

I bet the crew at RiverHawk will build you a real nice boat, congratulations! Keep posting pictures!

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Post by goatram » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:49 pm

Mike what are you doing for seats?
Mark has a few options to think about in Suspension seats :popcorn:
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Post by Napa Mike » Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:15 am

goatram wrote:Mike what are you doing for seats?
Mark has a few options to think about in Suspension seats :popcorn:
We went with two heavy suspension seats (mechanical) forward--a small table and forward facing bench on the passenger side and a sideways bench behind the captain's seat. I'm not sure of the brand--but I will ask. I think more photos are due on Monday or tuesday!

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Post by Gypseas » Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:56 pm

Checked out the local boat show last week, Riverhawk 22 was on display.
I am wondering re: the gas fill placement. See pic, how would you refuel if, say you took a longer trip (tuna??) and packed a couple jerry cans just in case.
Maybe the 24 is different, regardless a very nice well put together vessel, seemed like a lot of boat for only 22ft advertised
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Post by Chtucker » Mon Mar 02, 2015 12:23 am

That is the same issue I have with my diesel fill, and it is on the opposite side of the boat as the gas fill (However that helps me to never mix fuels!)

Either the builders don't think, or the assume you are filling up on a trailer.

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Post by Napa Mike » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:07 pm

I think the pic posted by Gypseas is pretty close to what our boat will look like (same color). The blue stripe will be narrower on our boat and ours has 2 foot more dance floor. The fuel filler is also in the same location on our boat. For what we do, a 100 gallon tank should be plenty--so probably no need for at-sea refilling :-)

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Post by jj225 » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:55 am

Hey Mike, is that paint or vinyl? If I had to do it again I'd nix the vinyl stripe on my boat. It had small nicks in it just from bringing it down from Seattle. Got a good dock rash on it a few weeks ago going up wind into the dock. Just way better to not have anything on it. Looks pretty but not real functional IMO.

Anybody know what they were asking for the 22"? Just curious.

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Post by Napa Mike » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:25 pm

jj225 wrote:Hey Mike, is that paint or vinyl? If I had to do it again I'd nix the vinyl stripe on my boat. It had small nicks in it just from bringing it down from Seattle. Got a good dock rash on it a few weeks ago going up wind into the dock. Just way better to not have anything on it. Looks pretty but not real functional IMO.

Anybody know what they were asking for the 22"? Just curious.
Hey John:

We had the option to go with full or partial paint on the hull sides or to go with the vinyl. We opted for vinyl to avoid paint issues. We are getting a hull stiffener/rub rail--so hopefully that will protect the vinyl. If it gets too scratched up, I guess we can take it off or replace it. I'm not sure how much the 22 was going for--that boat was not in Seattle. Captain Adrian (Gypseas) may know.

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Post by Gypseas » Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:31 am

Not in the market for another boat so I did not pay attention to the sticker price, however a quick Google search yielded this 24 ft, 22 ft likely a little less

http://www.boatdealers.ca/boats-for-sal ... hawk-boats

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Post by Chtucker » Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:56 am

Gypseas wrote:Not in the market for another boat so I did not pay attention to the sticker price, however a quick Google search yielded this 24 ft, 22 ft likely a little less

http://www.boatdealers.ca/boats-for-sal ... hawk-boats

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Post by Napa Mike » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:28 pm

Two New Photos added on 03 18 15. We are almost ready for paint. Now you can see the Geezer Gate we added so we can keep the old man fishing as long as possible!
Cheers,
Mike

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Post by Chaps » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:03 pm

Be sure to have them weld some nice big cleats so's I can snatch it up off the trailer Mike. Preferably 16' apart :thumbsup:

on edit: I see on their site they have nice lift eyes on the transom, gunwale cleats are kinda dainty though, even for regular tyin' off work. They got anything bigger?
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Post by Napa Mike » Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:41 pm

Our boat left the shop in Oregon today and is headed North to Cabelas for final fitout! Our Man Dan was kind enough to provide a few more pics. I tried to add all the photos to the first post-- but apparently 20 is the max number of photos allowed in one post. Here is No. 21

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Post by Chaps » Thu Apr 16, 2015 9:41 pm

Sharp! Can't wait to start blasting it!
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