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by Matt Gent
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Fuel/water separator?????
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Fuel/water separator?????

I've converted to the cheap / no-bowl filters and just change them often. The threads are sold per OEM, but it doesn't matter which one you use. So I've converted so each boat has the same thread and I always have a spare filter or two around. Seen a few of the Racor bowls fail, and had my dad's do ...
by Matt Gent
Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: How much storage do we really need...
Replies: 9
Views: 337

Re: How much storage do we really need...

An 18 Egret has a shocking amount of storage - basically the entire volume of the boat, minus fuel tank, is accessible.

And a lot of 18' flats boats these days have 5!!! batteries.
by Matt Gent
Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: RB18 deck configurations
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: RB18 deck configurations

Developable means the sheet can be bent in one direction to form the shape - no slitting or stretching (like a cylinder or cone). So you could make it from one sheet of plywood or aluminum. Anything bent in two directions (like a sphere) has compound curvature and is not developable from sheet. Play...
by Matt Gent
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Need some performance advice
Replies: 51
Views: 1931

Re: Need some performance advice

I first thought I had a weight forward problem but the cg is around 40% of the water line which, I'm told, is about right. .... I would really love to hear someone weigh in on the idea that a couple strakes might release the bow at speed. 40% may be good for planning and general low-speed performan...
by Matt Gent
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: Need some performance advice
Replies: 51
Views: 1931

Re: Need some performance advice

Do you have any pictures of the boat running at speed? Weight forward will help plane off as you describe, but will hurt bow lift for top speed. You can counter it with a bow lifting prop (something with a lot of rake) and/or a setback jackplate. But first I'd try to get weight further back in the b...
by Matt Gent
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Power Boats
Topic: C Series Scuppers?
Replies: 4
Views: 6513

Re: C Series Scuppers?

Tubes and plugs is where it’s at.

Oval will flow more water and round is easier to find tapered plugs off the shelf. Mine are round as I never take water in the cockpit with the cabin up front.
by Matt Gent
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Finished Boats
Topic: Fs14ls s.texas splashed (10-13-19)
Replies: 23
Views: 16708

Re: Fs14ls s.texas splashed (10-13-19)

Which HP engine are you using?
by Matt Gent
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Builder's Power Boats
Topic: GT27 Build (Wes K)
Replies: 378
Views: 24846

Re: GT27 Build (Wes K)

Scuppers on my DE25 are a good 4-5" over the waterline at rest, relatively empty. Quite a bit of water comes in when a few people are hanging out in the cockpit, or if the boat rolls side to side. When i rebuilt the scuppers I made them round with 1.5" ID fiberglass tube, so they could be plugged. S...
by Matt Gent
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Anything else and for sale. . .
Topic: Interior walls
Replies: 20
Views: 666

Re: Interior walls

What kind of finish quality are you after? There are some nicely-textures vinyl sheets these days, can get about any faux-finish you'd like: wood, tile, linen or other cloths.
by Matt Gent
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Questions before purchasing the plans and announcements..
Topic: transom deadrise
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: transom deadrise

Is that just due to the transom leaning back at ~13deg? In flat panel it would have a higher angle to create the effective 7deg measured perpendicular to the surface of the water.

I wouldn't expect any boats from here to have higher deadrise at the transom than midships...most go the other way.