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    Default Need some advice for a pleasure boat.

    I've been lurking here a couple weeks now, amazing amount of info and no pissing contest like other performance boating forums.

    I would like to buy or build something in the sst45-sst60 range just for fun on the river.
    The hulls seem to turn up cheap but are often really far away.
    Ideally I would like to get a sst45 and put a 3cylinder on it or get a sst60 and put a v-4 on it.

    Getting a stinger or some other racing motor with a short and sleek lower unit is probably out of my budget, but I have a 60 hp and a couple v-4s I can use.

    I have searched and searched for plans but nothing has really come up but old designs from the 60's and 70's. The Aquarod and Aquaracer are the most modern plans I can find and they're about 30 years old and lack a lot of detail.

    I would prefer a tunnel but not opposed to a hydro, I definitely don't want a kneel down though, and something large enough to accommodate a passenger behind the driver would be a plus. The rig would need to be sturdy enough to handle fairly rough (ohio river) water.

    Not sure if anyone here can help, or if I'm asking too much, but figured this was the best place to ask.

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    Default If you are going to run on the Ohio River...

    You should stay with a tunnel. Typically Hydroplanes do not handle rough water well, unless they are very large like the Inboard type, especially the type swells you get off barges, tows, etc. Would be very easy to stick the nose in a swell of big wave, which will really ruin your day (and most everything else also.) Tunnel boats do MUCH better in that type water, and also would probably lend itself better to sitting down, especially if you want to carry a passenger.

    Others may disagree, but as someone who has "stuffed" the nose of a hydro in a swell at 90MPH, it is not much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Van Steenwyk View Post
    You should stay with a tunnel. Typically Hydroplanes do not handle rough water well, unless they are very large like the Inboard type, especially the type swells you get off barges, tows, etc. Would be very easy to stick the nose in a swell of big wave, which will really ruin your day (and most everything else also.) Tunnel boats do MUCH better in that type water, and also would probably lend itself better to sitting down, especially if you want to carry a passenger.

    Others may disagree, but as someone who has "stuffed" the nose of a hydro in a swell at 90MPH, it is not much fun.
    I've got to agree with Bill on the ride of the tunnel vs the hydro. The only problem I see with your desired ride is the 2nd seat. In a tunnel boat the 2nd seat will have a grand view of the back of your head. The SST45's and 60's are not very long, so the balance will be compromised as well. The forward sitting position of the driver counter balances the fuel load and motor weight. For pleasure vs racing you ought to be able to accommodate that when positioning the fuel tank and battery. Those things take up space, so the 2nd seat will be cramped for sure. Even the driver has a limited view from a tunnel boat (that's why most have mirrors), so don't expect any view from the 2nd seat.

    You might want to consider a semi-V boat similar to an Allison. Ebbtide used to make a very fast pad bottom pleasure boat that was plenty fast. (Dynatrak 166) There are several others as well. Sorry not really a lot of help, but know what you're after.

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    Definitely agree with RogerH. An early Allison, Hydrostream, Checkmate or Baja would probably fit your needs. Would give you the opition for side by side or passenger beind the driver seating, along with good performace and handling. Early Allisons in good shape can be a bit expensive.

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    How about a "West Virginia Two Holer"?! Can anybody guess who the guy driving it is??
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    looks like Geoff shepard?

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    I have a 75 checkmate that I'm getting 55 out of with a 140 crossflow, most of the padded v's are going to require a big v-6 to move quick which is going to be a little too much money for me. (looking for a 22" 13 spline raker if anyone has one)

    I really want a boat capable of 80 or 90.

    I missed out on a hydrostream 40 miles away last summer that went for $300 on ebay, still kicking myself over that.

    A second seat is not a big deal to me, just a plus, if someone knows of a good plan.

    I'll probably just keep an eye out for a sst60, probably my best option for the money.
    Not too much course racing around Western Ky or Southern Indiana Area though.

    Thanks guys.
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    You guessed it Toby!! Now you know how these F1 drivers practice for the big race! He's got a little horn to beep so people will get out of his way!

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    if you are interested in a vee they have a critchfield in new hamp here on BRF, i have a hydrostream viper w/ mariner150 i might be puttin for sale. i agree with the others, a tunnel will be the safest and best ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by largecar91 View Post
    How about a "West Virginia Two Holer"?! Can anybody guess who the guy driving it is??
    yep that sure is Jeff Shepard Formula one prop driver boat #38

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