- Mar 28, 2017
I have always been interested in submarines and their technology.Ah yes, sea trials - what fun. With the boats we built, the buyer (and his crew) operated the boat during sea trials and a series of pre-agreed tests were performed by the builder (buyer witness) to verify performance and calibrate various equipment (ie: knotmeter). The buyer didn't feel we were fully qualified to operate the nuclear power plant that the buyer provided for the submarines we built. The key is to get agreement between builder and buyer as to what is going to happen when. Certainly the boat doesn't leave the builder until the buyer is happy, and there must be some warranty period where latent defects will be corrected. In our case, there was a period about 6 months from delivery when the boat would be made available for warranty work at the builders facility - usually minor stuff but not always.
What a fascinating thing they are and how interesting to actually see one!
Of course our boat was not built to anything like those specs but...I am fussy and the people at Tomco who build these boats are perhaps even more interested in building a good reliable package.
One of the things that impressed me initially about this brand was in fact the build quality.
Everywhere I looked on the example at our marina impressed me to no end!
The ascetics may or may not be your thing but the build is incredibly impressive!
Sea trials establish basic performance of drivetrain and hull in this case and verify that everything actually works.
In the end, after cruising on the boat for some 700 plus miles in the PNW, we did indeed have a "punch list" of things that needed attention but given that I was on the boat for some 30 days with my magnifying glass, it was remarkably small...
As I fully expected, the boat is well a thought out, well executed beauty. At least we think so!
Now, if only I can convince my wife that the red/Poppy interior color that I so love was the correct way to go...she is still on the fence. I absolutely love it!