If you have been following this blog for a while you will be aware that there was some concern that there may not be enough buoyancy in the stern for two reasons. One is that the hulls were a bit narrower in that area than they were supposed to be. The other being that we have decked in the aft section and added handrails and a heavy duty steering ram, with the resultant increase in weight. So, we compensated for this by adding additional buoyance in the aft section.
We added a little more than we needed to based on the premise that if we put a bit to much in the aft end it would be easy to 'level' it up by the addition of a part 'torpedo' in the bow section.
If you have a look at the photos below you will see that the front of the hulls although above the marks is sitting a bit lower than the aft end.
This is exactly what we were hoping for. The water tanks were full as was the fuel tank. The next step is that we will load all the cruising gear on board including drogues and parachute anchor and food etc...in other words what I expect will be on it 90% of the time. At that stage we can check all the trim and if she is still slightly 'nose' down we can easily correct it. But, by the time I load the spares and tools into the aft section that may not be necessary.
So...in summary...I am delighted with how it sits in the water. If it had been down in the stern it would have been a real problem to correct. We will take her for her first sail later today.