Took the ERIE FEELING (Jeff Spira’s Clemente design) for a maiden voyage. Almost 2 1/2 years making. It was an outdoor summertime weekend family project. Still needs finishing touches but it performed well. This is build #2. Number 1 was Jeff's same smaller Hatteras version. We added lifting strakes and that seemed to add a lot to the performance from what we can tell. Its our first boat this size. It seems to come instantly up planed and flat. Causes it to ride just very slightly bumpier but then it also seems to feel quite safer at the higher speed due to the strakes.
It is really just a relatively inexpensive and functional fishing boat build met to last awhile, not a classic collector show build but it was pretty cool that when we went to pick it up after getting the outboard installed they had it on the showroom floor.
This is a video link if you want to see it running: https://flic.kr/p/N7rHbK