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Here is my photo gallery of my Malahini build “Old Black Rum”, her maiden voyage was on June 16th, 2012.

The step-by-step build diary is located on Glen-L’s boatbuilder forum website here:

A few quick stats:

  • Old Black Rum is named after our favorite drink and namesake song by the band “Great Big Sea”
  • Framing lumber & trim is quartersawn African Sapelle
  • Plywood hull & deck is Meranti BS1088 Hydrotech plywood
  • Engine is a 1989 Mariner 90 HP with a retro-painted cover
  • Hull is built per stock plans with 1 modification only:  I increased the transom angle by 5 degree’s to avoid shimming the motor mount based on feedback from other Malahini builders.  It was a good decision and performs well with the modification.
  • From first concept to completion took 2 years and 10 months.
  • My launch video is located here:
  • Seats 5 adults comfortably
  • Rear bench uses a rolling/pin hardware that I got custom made to allow the bench to move easily from the rear (forward facing) for comfortable travel to the back of the front seats (aft facing) for spotting/towing.
  • Hull is painted with Supermarine Urethane, Satin Finish
  • Top speed is 40.8 mph at 5,500 rpm
  • Worth every second it took to make!
  • $13,783  Total Build w/Engine & Hardware Cost (not including labour, trailor, tools or accessories)

Your Thoughts?

One Response to Malahini by Ian Gruber (aka Iggy), Leduc, AB

  1. Gayle Brantuk says:

    Iggy–awesome photos and boat! You really did a beautiful job and we appreciate that you posted a gallery for others to see your work. Thank you!

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