Poll *** Direct Drive Caddy vs. Gear Reduction/Belt Drive

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How Many of you run direct drive Caddy's or do you run Gear Reduction/Blet drives

Poll ended at Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:10 am

Direct Drive Caddy?
6
33%
Gear Reduction/Belt Drive?
12
67%
 
Total votes: 18

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Poll *** Direct Drive Caddy vs. Gear Reduction/Belt Drive

Postby GWTW-000 » Mon Jun 13, 2005 9:10 am

I am just trying to get a feel for how many of us there are. Please select between the two options.

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Postby snookstalker » Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:59 pm

dd

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Postby UncleBubba » Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:57 pm

I have a dd 302 Ford. But I thank if it was to do over I would have a dd
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Postby a1mudpuppy » Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:56 pm

Caddy DD here but thinking of a 2-1

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Postby fatboy0054 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:31 pm

Caddy with a 237 rotator :D
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Postby Waterthunder » Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:10 am

Gear Drive

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Postby BigBoom » Sun Jul 31, 2005 12:55 am

Direct Drive Caddy,
half the cost, half the fuel

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Postby swampdonkey » Sun Jul 31, 2005 2:34 am

direct drive 455 olds. tried to vote but unable to, what am I doing wrong?

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Postby cntry141iq » Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:53 am

GEARBOX twice the gas twice the fun twice the places to run only my opinion though i spent too much time stuck when running dd
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Postby T-REX » Mon Aug 01, 2005 11:30 pm

dd caddy

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Postby nebraskaairboater » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:23 am

dd CADDY!!
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Postby Waterthunder » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:49 am

Just a question. How many of you guy's that voted for a direct drive have owned or drove a gear drive?

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Postby nebraskaairboater » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:10 am

I have never owned one but have driven one and believe me, if I could afford it I'd have a reduction drive boat. More prop less rpm who wouldn't do it that way. You can turn your engine 2 or more time faster but you wouldn't have to because you can run so much more prop. I bet when you are crusing with your reduction boat you aren't turning your engines more that 3K rpm. I'm only 27 just got my very own boat a couple of years ago. It's a low budget boat for now. What I'd like eventually (and I'm sure everyone would) is to have a new aluminum hull from a good manufacturer, cchardt do the rigging, and Waterthunder set up the powerplant and prop. That way I'd have an awsome boat. I'm young though maybe someday i'll realize my dream. There is always the lotto. I always new I wanted a bad boat but the more I read from the forum the more I learn about what I want. Thanks for all the info you give to everyone with their setup questions and engine problems. You help a lot of people.
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Postby GWTW-000 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 10:18 am

This is my first car motor airboat. By accident it is a 500 Caddy. I have not been around a gear drive but look forward to on one of these Southern Airboat monthly runs.

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Postby Waterthunder » Tue Aug 02, 2005 12:28 pm

It's hard to believe but I run a 2.68 Rotaor I like cruising at 2,300 and I cruise allot faster than most people my buddies are always telling me to slow down.

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Postby stan » Tue Aug 02, 2005 7:40 pm

I have run dd caddy,dd 400 chevy, 350 belt drive and caddy belt drive now . I realy miss the 400 when i ever pull up to the pump. It was the cheapest boat to opperate that I ever owned.

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Postby Waterthunder » Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:59 am

I have not drove a belt drive for around three years, well I drove one yesterday a 350 HP vortec on a 13ft hull and what a difference. I forgot how slow, lethargic and how bad they torque roll. I have been spoiled by the gear box. I absolutely hated the way the boat performed.

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Postby big feather » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:13 am

Belt drive Chevy (2:1). Big downer for me is the weight of the thing, but it's been trouble free.


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Postby jdotson » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:20 am

I've run a DD Caddy for awhile but I've spent the last month or so changing to a 2:1 gear drive for the boat. I've had to change the motor stand, build a new Caddy for the higher rpms, and rebuild the front of the cage. I hope to be on the water this weekend....if Wilma doesn't get too near!

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Postby Waterthunder » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:51 am

I have put a clutch on a rotator gearbox and was dumping the clutch at 6,000RPM that was cool I also ran a 850 HP motor with and additional 500 HP of N2O and have not hurt a gearbox yet. I do however know of some people have problems with belt drives in extreme high horsepower applications.

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Postby bondsman » Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:51 am

dd caddy because my wife will not let me spend anymore money on my boat.
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Postby Waterthunder » Mon Oct 17, 2005 10:40 am

Ah there is a man who knows his limitations! Just teasing you. I’m blessed my wife enjoys airboating as much as I do.

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Postby PatoLoco » Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:24 am

Thunder, is that 2300rpm, engine speed.

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Postby Waterthunder » Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:58 am

You mean is that 2,300 prop speed. No the prop was sitting still and the motor was at 6,000RPM and I would dump the clutch.

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Postby Sniper » Mon Oct 17, 2005 12:24 pm

I have a 2 to 1 with a modified ZZ4 thank's to Waterthunder the boat runs like a raped Ape fasssssssssssst


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