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What hull do I have? Taylor?

keys2pines

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I posted this on the facebook group, a couple people said my boat is a Taylor, title says homemade. Thanks in advance!
 

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Very possible with airboats not all builders assign a HIN or MSO. So what you find is many hulls are sold as a "piece" of a boat that the owner is assembling at home. You then take all the receipts down to the tax collector and complete an application for a State assigned HIN and title. State of Florida hull numbers begin with the pre-fix FLZ.

It's a little bit of an unusual process compared to standard boats as airboats fall under a different Federal standard.
 
Ya its a weird deal on that... the us coast guard has made it very clear (to me at least) that in no way shape or form can i put my HIN #s on a hull unless i build the rest of the boat and sell it as such , I've heard some manufacturers do anyways but then that opens up a bunch liability issues on them from what im told, in a way i get it because its not a boat until its rigged and such but makes it kinda a pain when someone wants a hull and then they have to jump through the hoops to get it titled on their own, and some think your running a scam when you tell them you can build them a hull but not give them a title even though you're a registered manufacturer., so there are a bunch of "homemade" registered boats out there that were actually made by the manufacturers but then that makes it even harder to discern backyard built from company but hell , a bunch of backyard jobs turn out pretty good if not better than from big companies sometimes so, i say if its built solid and rides good homemade it wouldn't bother me none , looks like it has decent lookin lines from the pics, how she ride?
 
southern safaris said:
Ya its a weird deal on that... the us coast guard has made it very clear (to me at least) that in no way shape or form can i put my HIN #s on a hull unless i build the rest of the boat and sell it as such , I've heard some manufacturers do anyways but then that opens up a bunch liability issues on them from what im told, in a way i get it because its not a boat until its rigged and such but makes it kinda a pain when someone wants a hull and then they have to jump through the hoops to get it titled on their own, and some think your running a scam when you tell them you can build them a hull but not give them a title even though you're a registered manufacturer., so there are a bunch of "homemade" registered boats out there that were actually made by the manufacturers but then that makes it even harder to discern backyard built from company but hell , a bunch of backyard jobs turn out pretty good if not better than from big companies sometimes so, i say if its built solid and rides good homemade it wouldn't bother me none , looks like it has decent lookin lines from the pics, how she ride?
Yea I understand the whole "homemade" title thing, I was just wondering if anyone knew what it "really" was. Just for my own knowledge honestly. It rides good, but has a slight hook in the bottom that I'm working on. I built a jack from reading on here, with 2 passengers and skinny water I barely use the tab. When I'm not using the tab, it slides amazing, very free. I'm going to build another jack to put under the engine, but it's tight getting under the deck. If it turns out to be a well known make (Taylor), it's just more motivation for me to get it perfect. Thanks for the info guys!
 
Someone with a more well trained eye than me hopefully will chime in and shed some light on it , i see why they say taylor but it's really hard to say for sure as i haven't seen a true taylor hull up close in many years , good luck :salute:
 
Post some pictures of the inside structure of the hull. Stringer layout, bulkhead, nose area. The guys familiar with the Taylor’s should be able to tell by that.
 
Looks like a Taylor to me, if bow cap is original, it will have 2 rivets side by side in the front of the nose cap support rails, the center stringer will have staggered rivet lines per side of the t-bar.
 
Seven3 said:
Post some pictures of the inside structure of the hull. Stringer layout, bulkhead, nose area. The guys familiar with the Taylor’s should be able to tell by that.
Here ya go!
 

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Yes, it is a Taylor, picture will illustrate your hook, you need to straighten the stringer.
 

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John, how do you true-up a bottom with the decks on? I was thinking a bottle jack, and spread the load on the top across a 2x4?
 
Seven3 said:
John, how do you true-up a bottom with the decks on? I was thinking a bottle jack, and spread the load on the top across a 2x4?
To a certain degree, if more pressure than deck rails can handle, clamp and shore over decks with channel clamped at side rails.
 
John Fenner said:
southern safaris said:
John Fenner said:
Yes, it is a Taylor, picture will illustrate your hook, you need to straighten the stringer.

Thats a sharp eye you got there John !! :thumbleft:
Thanks, have straightened out many hulls over the years.
I actually tried straightening the forward part of the hook using a bottle jack and 2x4, but the bottom just bounced back. Is that something you can fix without the boat being torn apart? I would gladly bring it to you and pay, or show me what to do and I'll do it. I know she'd ride great once the bottom is 100%.
 
Proper way is to remove deck with a stripped to bare metal bottom, with proper bracing added to support the torque and the weight of a DD small block, I've done many hulls to respect the beating.
 
John Fenner said:
Proper way is to remove deck with a stripped to bare metal bottom, with proper bracing added to support the torque and the weight of a DD small block, I've done many hulls to respect the beating.
Yea that's what I was afraid of. What's something like that cost? You can pm me if you want.
 
Had to do the same thing to an ol stossel this week , sometimes u just cant get around it , to do it right sometimes you got to strip her down! But when its all said an done its worth the time n money spent
 
Had to do the same thing to an ol stossel this week , sometimes u just cant get around it , to do it right sometimes you got to strip her down! But when its all said an done its worth the time n money spent
 

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southern safaris said:
Had to do the same thing to an ol stossel this week , sometimes u just cant get around it , to do it right sometimes you got to strip her down! But when its all said an done its worth the time n money spent
Yea that's really why I wanted to know what hull I had, whether it was worth spending the time/money to fix it. Like I said, I love the boat regardless, and if I can fix this hook, it's perfect. I think I'm going to try the bottle jack in the back/middle and see if I can fix it somewhat, then build another permanent jack. For reference could you let me know what fixing something the right way would cost? Thanks!
 
7862274204, I can make it run right, plus add proper bracing to hold torque and weight of the small block.
Will be in zero cell range this weekend, going to aaof poker run.
 
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