Finally finished my build..

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Smuggler
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Finally finished my build..

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Well I finally finished my build.. I started this project in October of 2013 :shock:
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16' custom built welded hull, custom built fully forged supercharged LS3 with nitrous, 2.68 counter rotator swinging two 8 blade Sabers :D
I'm thinking about calling her Double Trouble. She has 2 power adders, 2 cooling systems, 2 batteries, 2 fuel pumps, 2 props and she runs on E85 or 93.

The down side is the wind was blowing so hard yesterday that I really couldn't see how it preforms. The upside is it floats, which was a major concern :lol: :lol: Hopefully if the wind lays down this afternoon, I'll be able to give a performance update this evening :D

If your bored or interested here is a link to 8 years worth of pictures of the build https://photos.app.goo.gl/X0mn36pWgFBtZ6yD2
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Chris your new ride looks bad-ass man!! Congrats on getting it finished!!
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Beastly build there. Boat looks good! I think your choice of name is pretty solid too.

Keep the nose down on that thing, has a lot of go no doubt.

Enjoy the ride and good luck!
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Great job Chris! Many nice custom touches. What is the silver coil at the back of the intake for?
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Thanks for the compliments! The silver coil is the NOS purge line. I haven't decided if I'm gonna route it somewhere or just leave it where it is now.

I took it out Sunday. It was still pretty windy but I was able to lean on it a few times and I got to say, I'm really liking that supercharger :D :D Gonna tweak a few things this week and give it another run this weekend. So far very happy with it :D
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Looks like a bad-ass boat Smuggler...congrats!

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Don't know how I missed this when I was here last. :scratch:
Boat is beautiful. The amount of detail is no surprise to anybody whose seen your work along the way.
Congratulations! I'm sure it will be everything you were shooting for when you get him all sorted out.

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Smuggler
Congratulations on the build, that boat looks awesome !!!!
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Thanks for the input and compliments! Double Trouble it is :D :D Now it's time for some rudder art :D :D BTW cool old tune Deano I haven't heard that in years but it's going on the playlist now :D
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What a sweet boat and congrats!
Former 6 year CR owner here, (Basketcase I had a DB).
Love love love this sled and know you'll love the benefits of the CR!
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Good looking boat brother. How much additional thrust do you guys think is provided by the counter rotating blades? I know you get torque cancelation for sure but I would imagine you get some noticable additional thrust.
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Thanks! I don't have any hard data but Panther claims a 30% increase in thrust with the CR. However that number has been debated several times so I'm really not sure :dontknow: Back when I started this build you still had to buy a whole boat to get the gearbox. I bought a complete used boat to get the box. It was a 16' panther with a crate 350ci/350hp small block. I used that boat for a whole season of hunting gators before I parted it out. During that time I put that boat in some unbelievable spots and never got it stuck. There is just no way that combo would have done what it done with a normal gearbox. I'm convinced there is a significant increase in thrust but I personally can't put a number on it.

It's supposed to be a nice weekend so hopefully I'll run her again tomorrow :D
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Awesome build. You must be a very patient person, working and building your boat for eight years. I am with you on the hull style. I also like the AGI-A or Alaskan style hull.
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