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by Seven3
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Looking at new hulls
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Re: Looking at new hulls

What I like best about Al David is he takes the time to talk to you and explain things to you. He’ll explain to you why he builds his boats the way he builds them. A lot of other builders act like they are doing you a favor by letting you buy one of their boats. Al is not like that at all when I tal...
by Seven3
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Hull Taper
Replies: 20
Views: 2243

Re: Hull Taper

Gary for an illustration, here are two almost identical hulls built by the same builder. Both are 14x7. The first boat was built with 8” of taper (10” at the rear, 18” at the 12’ mark). The second boat was built with 9” of taper (10” at the rear, 19” at the 12’ mark). The hull with more taper (botto...
by Seven3
Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 6.0 Powerstroke in a river jetboat???
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: 6.0 Powerstroke in a river jetboat???

The TTY bolts were a major problem, but if you’re gonna throw a lot of boost and power at a 6.0, just going to studs won’t necessarily solve the problem 100%. They can still blow the head gaskets. The best way is to get a set of heads that have been O-ringed and had bronze valve guides installed. Ot...
by Seven3
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 6.0 Powerstroke in a river jetboat???
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: 6.0 Powerstroke in a river jetboat???

You might be better off looking at some of the powerstroke forums. But the short answer is this, the 6.0 can be made into a pretty damn reliable engine in a truck...with extensive and costly modifications. But in stock form, the design of that engine has flaws. Sure there are some bone stock 6.0’s o...
by Seven3
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"
Replies: 52
Views: 3801

Re: Rigging a new Scorpion 12x7'2"

All of the riveted hull builders just use a generous amount of silicone adhesive between the tank and the angle. I can’t remember the exact brand/type. It acts as a cushion between the metals, and holds the tank very securely. I have rebuilt several riveted boats and I have had to remove several of ...
by Seven3
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New bottom paint thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1763

Re: New bottom paint thread

I haven’t met Rich yet, but we’ve talked a few times and he seems like a good guy. I don’t think that was his intention with this thread at all. All great innovations start somewhere.
by Seven3
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New bottom paint thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1763

Re: New bottom paint thread

Very interesting Rich. Certainly appears stronger than any poly or slick bottom. I have only owned two boats with poly, but I did make an observation on one of those poly boats that I completely stripped down and rebuilt. It was a 12’ riveted hull, most people believed it to be a Cloninger. It was a...
by Seven3
Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New bottom paint thread
Replies: 28
Views: 1763

Re: New bottom paint thread

Very interesting Rich.
by Seven3
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: GPS
Replies: 13
Views: 1138

Re: GPS

Just mounted a Garmin 64sx handheld on my console. I really like it. Initially I wanted a big hard-wired unit, but I’m glad I went this route instead.
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by Seven3
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

Every riveted hull I have ever owned has lost some steelflex at the seams. And all of my boats have been built by the best of the best. Perfectly normal.
by Seven3
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

I’m not a fabricator, but I have owned boats with aluminum and EMT riggings. I did not feel the aluminum rigging was any lighter. In fact, several areas of the aluminum had to be strengthened over the years with additional support as they fatigued and bent. And I’m talking about standard round alumi...
by Seven3
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

I’ve always wondered do you need to strengthen the bulkhead on a boat when you switch to air ride? Seems like that would create an awful lot of leverage pulling up on that section of a hull.
by Seven3
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Seat setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1800

Re: Seat setup

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by Seven3
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Seat setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1800

Re: Seat setup

Seating for 5 on a 14x7 Thurman. Single rear driver, double in the center, and an interchangeable front seat that switches between a single (pictured) and a double. Love it.
by Seven3
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Hull Taper
Replies: 20
Views: 2243

Re: Hull Taper

Diggin you have a set of those boxes in yours...better make sure there’s no residue left in them LOL. My new one has a set as well.
by Seven3
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Hull Taper
Replies: 20
Views: 2243

Hull Taper

Just curious about the science behind figuring what taper to bend the sheets of a riveted hull at (stern to bow taper). You look at some of the old Thurmans and they have a lot of taper making the bow deeper. But the later Thurmans, and the newer Benny Webb’s have less taper. The Don Davis’ and Ward...
by Seven3
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

I agree Rich. But if you talk to some guys, they make it sound like a .125 hull weighs exponentially more. I analyze and research before I do almost anything. I figured the difference to be around 40 pounds. Unless you’re building a pure race boat, .125 is the way to go IMO. I know it says “hull wei...
by Seven3
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

No brainer on going 7075. I’m no hull builder, but I’ve wondered why more people aren’t building their 7075 hulls out of .125. I did some research two years ago before I ordered my new hull, compared weight figures from multiple suppliers, and figured that a 13x7’2 hull made of .125 only weighs abou...
by Seven3
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: gotta rebuild
Replies: 42
Views: 3278

Re: gotta rebuild

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by Seven3
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: gotta rebuild
Replies: 42
Views: 3278

Re: gotta rebuild

I can tell you why that happens initially Seven3, we can call that Phase#1 and nearly every time it is because of the persons budget! Almost every time boaters take the cheaper route to "just get started" You are totally on point that many people don't really know what they want or more importantly...
by Seven3
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: gotta rebuild
Replies: 42
Views: 3278

Re: gotta rebuild

I know nothing about the Caddy engines, so I’ll stay out of that part of the conversation. But I feel the need to offer some advice with regards to the overall direction you want to go with the boat. IMO, think about what boat you ultimately want to end up with...whether it is DD, gearbox, Water Thu...
by Seven3
Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Asking for opinions here
Replies: 20
Views: 2605

Re: Asking for opinions here

Don’t make us wait...who’s building the hull lol.
by Seven3
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Asking for opinions here
Replies: 20
Views: 2605

Re: Asking for opinions here

Man, I’m glad I sold my Thurman to someone else, I would’ve hated to see you remove the 540 and put an LS on it lol. Just kidding, who’s building your hull?
by Seven3
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: The Game Changer
Replies: 44
Views: 6412

Re: The Game Changer

Although I haven’t ridden on one yet, I’ve seen them run. I think they are a comparable alternative to the 540. I don’t think they’re going to outperform a strong 540 (at this point), and I don’t foresee them taking a big chunk of the market away from the 540, but for the guy who hates going to the ...
by Seven3
Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16522

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

Those welded boats look like that very quickly if you run any dry. I’ve seen a welded aluminum boat that was only 6 months old that looked just like your buddies hull. You get what you pay for.

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