Willallison: GRAPHITE

GRAPHITE, Hull No.1 was officially launched on 17 October at the Tasmanian Boating & Leisure Show. GRAPHITE is a 9.8m semi-custom trailerable cruiser. Construction is of epoxy composite ensuring that the boat is light but strong. Powered by a Yanmar 6BY260 diesel engine, she slips onto the plane at under 10 knots, without appreciable bow rise. Fuel consumption is approximately 1 litre per nautical mile throughout her cruising speed range of 10 to 28 knots

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Willallison, Jan 14, 2010
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      Looks great, Will. How does she do in waves? She looks light, but that may just be that she's not loaded yet.
      Either way, a really nice modern take on the class. Great to see some of the cool ideas out there trickling down to the "real world".
    • Willallison
      Thanks SD.
      She is light - around 3000kg loaded. Performs well in all conditions so far. With 12 degrees deadrise at the transom, she can pound a bit at high speed, but that's not the intention of the design. She slips onto the plane at around 10 knots, without appreciable bow rise, so speed can be varied to suit the conditions without any increase in fuel use. Quite large tabs are integral to the design, allowing you to keep the deeper fwd sections immersed when running into a slop. I recently ran at 16 - 19 knots into a quite lumpy 30 knot slop... the wife and kids remained asleep for over an hour....
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