Thread: 12ft Tunnel Build

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    Thank you proprider, appreciate the compliment.
    Finished off the motor board by laminated plywood with a 12mm thick plastic chopping board to help against crush into the wood, also reduce vibration. Fitted the jackplate, lifted on the motor and bolted it all up.



    paint looks good from 3ft away. Guess I'm just picking all the defaults in the paint job because I know every square inch of the boat like the back of my hand. Lol.
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    Just have to build a rear top cowling to finish it off.
    Should look something like this.
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    My new propeller arrived today and when i opened the box i was stunned at the quality of the product. And i thought mercury racing props looked good. Photos cant do justice to the workmanship on this thing. Such a beautiful design and craftsmanship. What a better way to finish of the boat with a Signature propeller from Hillmarine.com
    Thanks Ron
    Can't wait to report back on the performance


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    Started up the motor today. Sounds crisp. Click on the picture to watch a quick 45 sec vid.
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    The wing plate for outrigger steering I had modified off a smaller engine and it just wasn't going to work. So I made I new one today and extended the arms and made perfect alignment with the tilt tube on the motor.
    Thought I would it up some more pictures of the boat also



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    Really looks great. Are some or all of those sponsors or just show decals?
    What is the pitch of the Ron Hill prop?
    What gear ratio is in your engine?
    What speed do you expect?
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    Your build & rigging is great, just one comment. You mentioned that the ends of the newly extended steering bar are aligned with the swivel pin of the clamp bracket. From the picture they look to be far forward of the swivel pin location, and if so, the steering won't work correctly.

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    Zul8tr it's a standard tohatsu MD50 gearbox 1.85:1 The cowl and bed pan has been swapped with a 40hp merc for damage reasons, the Hillmarine signature race clever is an 18p to begin with, not intended to provide maximum speeds yet.
    Stickers are for show, from some of the products and companies I use, some I've just collected over the years. They also do a good job of covering up paint defects and runs
    I'm expecting speeds over 60mph to begin with.

    John, thank you. Believe me I spent hours today making certain that the bar ends are dead in line with the tilt tube. I placed a rod through the tilt tube and made exact measurements and insured alignment. What you are seeing in some of the pics is the motor turned fully to one side to show the distance of the bar end away from the fuselage. I will take a picture from above with the bar in the tube again, which will give better representation of its alignments
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    Here's a quick drawn on pic showing it's alignment. The angle of the photo does not represent the alignments properly. pictures can be deceptive, just like in this pick the nose cone on the gear case appears to be in a higher position than the prop shaft when in fact the point is slightly lower.

    I do have a silly question as I have never set up outrigger steering with exact tilt tube alignment before... can you tilt the motor when it is in a turned position ? Does this effect cable tension ? Or should you only tilt the motor when you are going straight ?
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