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Post by REAL 7.3 » Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:17 pm

I just bought a thurman deckover with a 480 and sensnich q series prop. Just wanting to know pros and cons on deckover hull and the 480. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Post by kajunoutlaw » Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:42 am

REAL 7.3 wrote:I just bought a thurman deckover with a 480 and sensnich q series prop. Just wanting to know pros and cons on deckover hull and the 480. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
In my opinion, there are no cons to a Thurman. They last forever. There are some Thurmans in the Glades that are over 30 years old still running today. As far as your 480, have a mechanic give her a once over. You did good with your purchase.
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Re: new to airboats

Post by Seven3 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:29 am

Thurmans are great hulls, arguably the best riveted hull you could buy. The one below is 32 years old and still going strong. I've had this boat in the water all day and it didn't take on any water...32 years old and all of the rivets and joints are still tight. IMO a lot of thought went into how these hulls were designed and built...they're not just a flat sled. The nose drops, the bow deck crowns, the rounded camber on the sides, etc.
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Post by REAL 7.3 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:04 pm

Thanks for the info. I got this boat on trade with the intention on reselling it. I took it out today and it really impressed me
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Post by farmboy » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:35 pm

REAL 7.3 wrote:I just bought a thurman deckover with a 480 and sensnich q series prop. Just wanting to know pros and cons on deckover hull and the 480. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
There's nothing at all wrong with a Thurman that's one of the best boats money can buy. I had one an wish I never sold it :banghead: As far as the 480 you might want a mechanic do a "leak down" test on it but that's up to you... What kind of oil pressure does it hold hot? Is it normal aspirated 480?
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Post by REAL 7.3 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:56 pm

Its showing 65 on the oil psi guage. Yes its naturally aspirated
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Post by akblackdawg » Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:19 pm

Never had a deckover, not real practicle up here. However, I like them, be sure and check and make sure you have a good automatic bilge pump and maybe a warning light to let you know when it is pumping, good to know if you poke a hole in it and take on water without knowing about it. Otherwise, I would think a good deckover would be hard to sink. Bud
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Post by cflacowboy001 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 8:30 pm

He knows what he has ..........
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besides hes been a member from 09 . Look at what he is asking I will bet he has some education ....

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Re: new to airboats

Post by REAL 7.3 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:04 pm

Thank you all. This is my first deckover and aircraft motor. It seems to be fun to ride a little different than what im use to but alot of fun
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