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General / # point sports hydro
« Last post by BillM on June 19, 2019, 06:35:49 PM »
 It still floats thanks to the fibreglass skin the original builder added to the hull .All I did was rebuild the deck as well as I could using the plans posted on here.
Stuff for Sale or Wanted / Yamato 80 for sale
« Last post by b class on June 10, 2019, 08:28:09 PM »
Yamato 80 Outboard for sale

See the Kijiji add
General / Re: Tunnel Max
« Last post by rogerduncan100 on June 10, 2019, 01:59:58 PM »
Wow, nice boat! With that bottom there's got to be a speed where you pack enough air to fly! I see you have gone with the left hand throttle, real race boat style. I will be interested to see how your setup goes. With some of the bona fide race boats the propeller is so small the boat has to be held out of the water for take off, however I'm sure a smaller propeller would speed you up. It certainly worked on my Minimost. 
General / Re: Tunnel Max
« Last post by thomsonbytheriver on June 09, 2019, 12:55:18 PM »
We got Herbie ready for the water last week.  I threw the motor on yesterday and ran it with the tiller for test purposes.  First run went well but it porpoised.  It dropped the trim one notch to solve that.  Verdict: OMG THIS THING IS AWESOME!  She gets up on step in a flash and easily exceeds the top end of the Minimax, despite the extra weight.  Corners on a dime too; she requires a soft touch on the steering.  I built up the transom 2 inches to raise the ventilation plate closer to the hull and I'll test her again today.  My son gets back from a canoe trip tomorrow and I want to have her ready to fly.  Next step is to figure out this steering kit I bought for the motor.  It's a real puzzle and there are no instructions or pictures to go by.  Any guidance is welcome.
General / Re: First launch photos :)
« Last post by EDSRX3 on June 06, 2019, 05:56:12 PM »
Looks good!

And another one hits the lake!, another one hits the lake!
General / Re: First launch photos :)
« Last post by 58 Johnson on June 05, 2019, 12:07:01 PM »
Outstanding!!  It looks just as fantastic on the open waters as it did in the pool!!!  Congratulations.  You sound very pleased and proud.  Awesome job! 

Planing with the wee Merc is amazing and leaning way up on the deck to get it to plane...  we’ll, that’s just what it’s all about.   :-D
General / Re: First launch photos :)
« Last post by Bosch232 on June 05, 2019, 04:34:22 AM »
I built it faithful to the original plans.
General / First launch photos :)
« Last post by Bosch232 on June 05, 2019, 04:27:47 AM »
Launch day, June 1.  No issues.
Sorry, no good photos of the boat planed out. 
The 5mph no wake zone extends a long way from the dock.

I'm very surprised that my Mercury 3.3 will plane it with me on it.  I'm 200lbs, the outboard is 31lbs, and my hull weighs about 85 lbs.  I have to get up front in the cockpit to plane, but it does plane.  I wasn't brave enough to take my cell phone on board, but my guess is that top speed was blistering along at about 13 mph.  :D

General / Re: l found out how much my minmaxs weigh
« Last post by EDSRX3 on June 05, 2019, 01:07:05 AM »
My boats only go in the water for the day.  I use an oil based paint(harder to do these days).

These are the most recent 3 hulls I have.

My brother in law built my first hull in shop class back in the seventies.  He had covered the intire hull will fiberglass resin with no cloth.  It was thick heavy and brittle.

After that one, I used the oil paint.  I've tried a variety of primers and have done without.  All with mixed results.  Have always had problems keeping the paint on the bottom.

The bottom just gets beat up.  My trailer bunk likes to scuff off paint.  The boat gets beached a lot and the waves grind it into the beach.  Then I get areas of paint that just decide to leave as I buzz around the lake.

The boat always looks best after a paint job.  After that they start to look like someone was having too much fun!

On this last paint job for the red boat I added a hardener used with automotive paint that I had left over.  Only put it on the bottom side.  Time will tell what it does.

All that said, I am not a painter.  If I don't want something to look like I painted it, I get a painter to do it.

My boats look like I painted them.

Have fun

General / Re: l found out how much my minmaxs weigh
« Last post by William on June 04, 2019, 09:53:52 PM »
What kind of paint are you using on your boats?

With three builds under your belt, I assume you've got a preference now. Or at least some tips for a new guy like me. LOL
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