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by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Yepper you always want the best stuff on the hull then the rest of it can support it. :D
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:43 am
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: PH18 w/tunnel
Replies: 334
Views: 36225

Re: PH18 w/tunnel

Good points Ken, you stick to the tunnels, and I'll stick to the plain hulls. Are you still a dealer for PowerTech have a couple guys coming up that I need to prop there boats and if you get a % I'll go through you if there numbers indicate a PT is right for there boats.
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Glad to help my only concern was the 1/4" as it is the bottom and sides and take the pressure from the pounding of the boat especially the bottom. Steve can probably tell you the difference. There has been a lot of 1088 coming out of SE Asia that is not up to 1088 standards. I guess I'm saying buyer...
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:57 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?
Replies: 13
Views: 1292

Re: OB17 - good first build for light coastal duties?

Garret Steve292 finished an FS17 a year ago so he may be able to help you find the best prices on what you need for your OB17. It's always good to have a network in your country to help each other. I hope this works but here is his email address. Well it did not so go to his site and email him from ...
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: PH18 w/tunnel
Replies: 334
Views: 36225

Re: PH18 w/tunnel

I goofed to you guys! Don with the tunnel would of course not want the Skeg and would want the strakes out as far as they were as they were effective, probably 20". Don't know where he put them. The tunnel needs free flowing water. Casey if you go without the Skeg you want steering strakes and close...
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:12 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Scuppers?
Replies: 8
Views: 1235

Re: Scuppers?

In a 16' boat you are going to want scupper/drains through the transom. These should be pluggable from the inside as they will never be above the waterline on the outside. A 16' boat is just to small to have a self bailing deck. Here is a whole page of scuppers some that can be mounted directly to t...
by TomW
Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:03 am
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: XF20 or OD18 Mods
Replies: 26
Views: 2298

Re: XF20 or OD18 Mods

Neat Paul good looking boat. Basically almost a catamaran then. Let me check them out vs what we have in the Bateau catalog. Paul looking at them I'm seeing a draft of 6" when at rest. When at full power they can run in inches of water. Something similar to Davids TX18 or worse. They are definately ...
by TomW
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: Cracker Larry's Corner: Boat Repair and Rebuild Support
Topic: Trailerable boat cover
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: Trailerable boat cover

If your going to do anything go with the boat cover. A tarp is not designed for the boat and won't fit properly. Some boat covers have vents to remove moisture.

For short tows I'd remove it at home and leave it. For long tows I'd leave it on after checking and tightening all the straps.
by TomW
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: XF20 or OD18 Mods
Replies: 26
Views: 2298

Re: XF20 or OD18 Mods

Hey Paul I would be interested in the boats that are being used down there. Are they production boats or home builds like ours.?

Flats boats can be very specialized as noted above and full of compromises.