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    Sticky: One last TCPBA race for 2012. The "Ron Baker Sr....

    One last TCPBA race for 2012. The "Ron Baker Sr. Memorial Regatta" in Forest Lake, MN, Sept 15-16.
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    Sticky: We're getting ready once again to bring GT Pro to...

    We're getting ready once again to bring GT Pro to the Nationals in Kankakee. We're a little low on numbers this year, but we'll do the best we can.

    Here's a Playlist of videos from this summer...
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    Sticky: The latest GT Pro videos can be seen in this...

    The latest GT Pro videos can be seen in this YouTube playlist.http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE7C5B1098A049DF2

    Pic from Crosby, MN.
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    Sticky: GT Pro has been invited to race with the F1 Prop...

    GT Pro has been invited to race with the F1 Prop Tour in Trenton, Michigan. F2 and Formula Light World Championships are the feature races. Also included: SLTs, junior hydros, stock outboard...
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    Sticky: Racing season is here again, and GT Pro is back...

    Racing season is here again, and GT Pro is back on the water along with the rest of the Twin City Powerboat Association. First race was Saturday June 16 in Detroit Lakes, MN. A rough day that...
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    Sticky: Our Mini GT class has 600 lbs for its minimum...

    Our Mini GT class has 600 lbs for its minimum weight, and there is no reason to think any of them are at all overweight. Further, two of our current drivers are running DAH props that date back to...
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    Sticky: What was your minimum weight?

    What was your minimum weight?
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    Sticky: Nope, no Scat Cats, and I don't have any...

    Nope, no Scat Cats, and I don't have any experience with them.

    Competitive Mini GT rigs run in the 40-42 mph range. If you guys were running near 50 mph, then you were doing something very...
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    Sticky: I sat in it in my shop. Handled like a dream!! ...

    I sat in it in my shop. Handled like a dream!!

    Let's plan on that for the Friday afternoon test. I hope you can handle the wiley v-bottom. It has working trim and everything.
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    Sticky: First test session for GT Pro is 10:05 Friday...

    First test session for GT Pro is 10:05 Friday morning. Jeff and I, at least, plan to be on the river then. I'm hoping there will be GTP boats on the water for all test periods, take every...
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    Sticky: Our fastest boats are racing in the 45-47 mph...

    Our fastest boats are racing in the 45-47 mph range. But the tunnel I raced in GTP last season (since moved up to Sport C) tested at 49 mph (with a Hill prop), and it was at least 50 lbs....
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    Sticky: As we discussed by email, the Mini Vee is best...

    As we discussed by email, the Mini Vee is best choice for the first time builder. A pretty straightforward project as boatbuilding goes.

    I do have one other NC builder, who at least started a...
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    Sticky: That's good news Wayne. I look forward to the...

    That's good news Wayne. I look forward to the chance, someday, to leave winter snow behind for a few days and make the long trek down to FL for a March race.

    As mentioned earlier in this...
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    Sticky: GT Pro 2011 Jeff Larson concentrated on VP75...

    GT Pro 2011

    Jeff Larson concentrated on VP75 last year, only raced GT Pro three times, but won two of those races. He says this year he will be back to GTP full-time with his Dillon Pro Tunnel.
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    Sticky: Been away awhile, so first I'll wrap up 2010. ...

    Been away awhile, so first I'll wrap up 2010.

    Steph Hansen chocked up another win, in Crosby, to the delight of her hometown crowd. When we got to Pine City, MN in September for TCPBA's last...
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    Sticky: 2010 Update

    A couple of shots of GT Pro action from Hastings, MN, July 17th. These photos were sent to me by Tony Fortuna, #318 in the pics.

    In the second shot, Jeff Larson (#19) may seem to be leading, but...
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    Sticky: That should work just fine. As far as I've seen,...

    That should work just fine. As far as I've seen, the 30 and 35 are the same, part for part.

    See http://shop2.evinrude.com/ext/index.aspx?s1=44f704bbde4fc0d0b94589c4ca6e678f
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    Sticky: Main difference is the diameter of the venturi. ...

    Main difference is the diameter of the venturi. The carbs shown are 1980s vintage with the idle jet in the front. Later ones had it on the starboard side. 1970s carbs had a choke. Later ones use a...
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    Sticky: GT Pro For Sale

    Listed in the Classified section:

    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?p=90766#post90766

    Just wanted to let you know my two-time Highpoints Champion Dillon Pro Vee is...
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    Sticky: As far as I know, the only difference in gear...

    As far as I know, the only difference in gear ratios comes with the 1976 35hp. The ratio changed with the 1977 and has been the same since. By 1985 all the 31.8 cube motors, 20, 25, 30 and 35, had...
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    Sticky: That seems a bit pessimistic. I've won two...

    That seems a bit pessimistic. I've won two highpoints championships with a 1994 motor, one with a 1990 and one with a 1984. The '90 and '84 were run on the same boat, identical performance.

    I'm...
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    Sticky: If the older tuner is used, a longer water tube...

    If the older tuner is used, a longer water tube will be needed. The easiest solution may be to cut down a tube from a long shaft motor. The tube does not need to have a shoulder on the upper end,...
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    Sticky: Rich, Are going to be racing with us this...

    Rich,

    Are going to be racing with us this summer? Where are you located?

    Bob
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    Sticky: It should bolt up just fine. The only issue I...

    It should bolt up just fine. The only issue I can think of is the water tube. They changed to a slightly shorter tube in 1985. But if you put the exhaust tuner from the '87 motor on the '80...
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    Sticky: Rich, That sounds great! If you can get some...

    Rich,

    That sounds great! If you can get some others interested in your area/region then you can run GT Pro as a local class within your club. If it starts popping up around the country I don't...
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    Sticky: At Kankakee last year, Mike Wienandt (race...

    At Kankakee last year, Mike Wienandt (race director, and now former OPC Chairman) invited GT Pro to the 2010 OPC Nationals. No mention was made of making GTP a national class, but clearly he is...
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    Sticky: I build my transoms 20" high, then pick up...

    I build my transoms 20" high, then pick up another inch on the jackplate, so your measurements sound familiar.
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    Sticky: No, can't plug holes in GT Pro. On a tunnel you...

    No, can't plug holes in GT Pro. On a tunnel you can jack the motor very high and still get plenty of water, lots of spray coming out of the tunnel. V-bottoms it's a different story. Engine height...
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    Sticky: We had another good season for GT Pro. Mostly...

    We had another good season for GT Pro. Mostly the same drivers and boats, but also several "guest" drivers getting the chance to drive a race or two. Numbers ranged from six to eight per race, and...
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    Sticky: Transom height is 20". With a jackplate (6"...

    Transom height is 20". With a jackplate (6" setback) you can run it up about another inch.
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    Sticky: No water pickup mods allowed in GT Pro. Tunnel...

    No water pickup mods allowed in GT Pro. Tunnel boats don't have any problems; plenty of spray coming out of the tunnel. V-bottoms are limited, however. Before you've raised the motor to it's ideal...
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    Sticky: Boat Plans: Dillon Pro Tunnel

    The plans for the above boat (the Dillon Pro Tunnel) are now available at http://www.dillon-racing.com/plans.htm.

    See also this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TV9kTudqEU
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    Sticky: The Dillon Pro Tunnel

    Racing here in Minnesota is just about done, with only one more tentative weekend in the works for September. My Pro Vee did well again, but the Pro Tunnel, owned by Jeff Larson, was right up there...
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    Sticky: New GT Pro

    The Dillon Pro Tunnel is out of the shop and ready for delivery. Jeff Larson will be fitting it up for GT Pro and racing it this summer. I look forward to being beaten by this boat!! I hope to...
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    Sticky: My Mini Tunnel weighed about 230 lbs, bare boat. ...

    My Mini Tunnel weighed about 230 lbs, bare boat. I used 6mm (1/4") plywood for everything but the deck, which is 3mm. A lighter boat could probably be built by using 4mm and 5mm in place of the...
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    Sticky: GT Pro plans

    I already offer plans to three boats, one of them a tunnel. Please see dillon-racing.com.

    The new boat should be on the racecourse this summer. After I've seen how it performs I will make any...
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    Sticky: TCPBA Update

    "Smokin' Joe" quoted my original post for this thread, which ended with links to my site and the Twin City Powerboat Association site. Just wanted to let you all know TCPBA has a new site:...
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    Sticky: Ron, In my experience with eBay, this is the...

    Ron,

    In my experience with eBay, this is the worst time of year to sell boat-related stuff -- probably mid-November thru mid-February -- so the low price not too surprising. However, the number...
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    Sticky: Ron, The first set of propellers looks great. ...

    Ron,

    The first set of propellers looks great. Especially the 15- and 16-pitch. I think the 18s will be a little too much, but who knows?

    The second bunch look to have a bit more diameter,...
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    Sticky: The boat that I am currently building is a tunnel...

    The boat that I am currently building is a tunnel boat of my own design. When the bare hull is completed, it will be purchased by another TCPBA (Twin City Powerboat Association) club member for...
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    Sticky: It would be up to you to do that, in conjunction...

    It would be up to you to do that, in conjunction with your local APBA-affiliated club. You'd also need at least two more racers ready to get into it with you.

    Of course I'll be happy to provide...
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    Sticky: GT Pro started seven boats in seven races, and...

    GT Pro started seven boats in seven races, and six boats in the remaining one. There were nine boats overall in the class. One of those will not be back in 2009.

    At least one more racer, from...
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    Sticky: GT Pro is a Region 8 Sportsman class which was...

    GT Pro is a Region 8 Sportsman class which was introduced in Minnesota in 2007 by the Twin City Powerboat Association.

    This is simple, fishing motor racing using readily available 35 hp OMCs on...
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    Sticky: Boat Plans for GT Pro

    Now is the time to start that winter boatbuilding project. I am currently offering plans for three GT Pro boats:



    The Dillon Mini Tunnel: Plans price $45. Construction notes at...
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    Sticky: Ron, A very generous offer, and I thank you...

    Ron,

    A very generous offer, and I thank you very much on behalf of the GT Pro class, of which I am class captain. The top three highpoints winners for 2008 were:

    1st Bob Dillon
    2nd Stephanie...
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    Sticky: Yup, that is one of the legal ones. Looks a bit...

    Yup, that is one of the legal ones. Looks a bit salty!!
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    Sticky: The OEM rule is really for simplicity. We don't...

    The OEM rule is really for simplicity. We don't know if Wiseco pistons would be a plus or a minus, but if they result in a distinct advantage then everyone will need them to compete. Which just...
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    Sticky: At the January meeting of the Twin City Powerboat...

    At the January meeting of the Twin City Powerboat Association, the GT Pro Rules Committee presented the revised rules, the board approved them, and now they will be brought to the APBA national...
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    Sticky: see next post

    see next post
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    Sticky: What we had talked about earlier was 10x17. I...

    What we had talked about earlier was 10x17. I ran 10x17, 3-blade OMC props last summer, but also a 10x15 that had a pretty severe cup. I was getting 6800+ rpm. With a small hub prop, with more...
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