Can the hull handle the engine?

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Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by all-out » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:15 pm

I have a 11x6 sled with polymere. I want to put a 400sbc on it with a 68 in carb prop. The transom in the back is 1 ft 3 inch. So it is pretty deep.

My concern is the hull is too narrow. I will mostly be riding in the grass. Just looking for some advice.

Thanks

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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by JAMES » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:25 pm

should be ok jmo
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Post by Airboatcapt2 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:30 pm

It is smaller than I would suggest.
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by deepsea diver » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:35 pm

Had a full deck sled , 12 by 7, with a DD chev 400 on it with 9 in transom. Back of boat was 3 inches underwater sitting in deep water.
was very rough on props!!! :D

You can pick up a lyc 0320 H2ad , 160 hp , and have no more than 3500 in it and be running. It will kick the shiet out of a chev 400 sbc, dd boat.
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by little gore » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:39 pm

i would run a 72'' prop with that moter

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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by Bruce » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:44 pm

boat sounds too small to me
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by goldhunter_2 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:51 pm

sounds narrow IMHO
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by MJD291 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:17 pm

I WOULD NOT WASTE TIME OR MONEY TRYING TO PUT THAT COMBO TOGETHER. EITHER GET A SMALL 4 BANGER FOR THAT HULL OR A LARGER HULL FOR THAT MOTOR.
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Post by cntry141iq » Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:21 pm

never gonna happen
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by Utah Scooter » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:29 am

As long as you don't turn you might not tip it over. Don't stop or slow down in water deeper than 1' 2" and you might not sink it. I would say too small but my hull isn't much bigger but a lot deeper. Just be careful how and where you run it and you might be ok. In your country having a boat that you can't take in certain terrain would suck bad.
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by big3country8 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 6:28 am

When in doubt don't let out!!! My first boat was an 11' Charlie jones round side with a 350 and a 70x30 paddle. It will be squirrley and pucker your bum but I guarantee you will be able to drive just about any other boat you come across.
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Re: Can the hull handle the engine?

Post by all-out » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:44 am

Thanks for the replies. I think i will try and sell the 400 and another engine i have and try and go AC.

Thanks

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