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    Default thoughts on this bottom mod?

    Its a old Hal Kelly OK 9. Any good? any bad?
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    another shot
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    Dang....54 views and no comments???? C'mon I got thick skin!

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    Usually a pad will make the boat ride smoother but won't go as fast unless you have a ton of horse power....

    Frank Zorkan built some A Runabouts for Dana Holt that looked like this and I think Dana won more than one Nationals with Frank's boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Hill View Post
    Usually a pad will make the boat ride smoother but won't go as fast unless you have a ton of horse power....

    Frank Zorkan built some A Runabouts for Dana Holt that looked like this and I think Dana won more than one Nationals with Frank's boats.

    I ll take smoother all day! this thing will beat you to death! but its a blast to beat around in.

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    Default A day late and a comment short ....

    I would say "it's flat on top of flat", and there is no place for the water to go, but drag all over the bottom. I want 'a little bit of keel to cut the rough' and 'just enough flat to carry the gross load'. I wish I could find a photo to post here of the bottom on my 12' V-hull. Sharp keel up front, two stakes to hold the nose up, and a delta pad (one degree) at the rear, for straight line speeds.

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    Default I tried, but photos aren't too good ...

    Just took a photo of a poster I have, hope some details are visible. 12' V-bottom, 40HP no trim, during magazine test.
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    Yea, been thinking pad prob. needs to be taller...gonna find out this weekend.

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    So what happened ? Wondering if you have progressed with this boat ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuneafish View Post
    So what happened ? Wondering if you have progressed with this boat ?
    I did take it out, don't like the pad. I think its not enough "area" to carry the weight, and now it "porpoise" a lot. Its very flat, maybe it needs to be angle down slighty...act like a trim tab? On the plus side, it turns razor sharp now, I can go into a turn almost wide open and it'll hold the edge very nicely. It only has a merc 9.8, I GPS'ed it to 28 mph, stock 2 blade prop. I got a merc 20, but I don't have the nerve to try it on there again. It was very "wild" to drive with a tiller on that motor for some reason.
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