Here's The true Sea Sled Story, circa1985

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by tonydignity, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. BlueBell
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Hi Scott,

    Welcome to the forum.

    Have you had this boat in the water?
    How does it ride?

    You mentioned you replaced the transom, when, before you bought it?

    Can you show us the hull bottom from the front?
    Like your other front shot but lower the camera and move closer to fill the frame.
    Is that a Jaguar parked beside the trailer?

    Cheers
     
  2. DogCavalry
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    I reread the original posts. It was painful. So much skill, so little understanding. Hickman didn't solve the cavitation problem by inventing the surface piercing prop. He invented that 3 years before he invented the sea sled. He solved the problem by always using 2 props, so they avoid the shaving cream coming out of the middle of the transom.

    I'm frankly astonished that even a beginner would make that error, let alone folks with skill and experience he described. It breaks my heart.
     
  3. Squidly-Diddly
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    |"and a 62 ft Sea Sled which was the first platform to launch an aircraft off its deck ,thus I believe making it the first American Aircraft carrier.
    The 65ft Sea Sled maintained 62 knots ,and the Biplane was able to power off the deck."

    Very interesting. I've been thinking about a SWATH micro-carrier that could hit burst speed of 100 knots with short duration jet or even rocket power and thus enable it to recover standard fixed wing aircraft.
     
  4. Scott Nomates
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    G'Day. Thanks for your post. I'm really keen to try and track down some history on this hull or at least identify where it came from. The gauge has 400 hours on it. The motor needed a stator and a few bits and pieces but the wiring was good. It has some of that oxidation you get from salt but not much and that port on the leg where put the flushing thing has plenty of wear. Looks like it's been cared for mostly. I haven't got it in the water yet and I am a complete novice. I bought the boat on eBay from a guy who picked up at an insurance auction - apparently it had been sitting in police impound for some time prior to this (hence the lack of winch, anchor, bimini etc etc....police impound can be extremely "weight reducing"). The guy working on the motor, "Mr Miyagi" of Outboards on Bribie Island (well that's my name for him), currently has the motor in his grotto (it's so much more than a simple workshop) and he reckons we'll get the thing up and reliable in the next couple of weeks. As mentioned in my last post, we've just replaced the transom (looks awesome - makes the rest of the boat look desperate now...won't be long).
     
  5. Scott Nomates
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    Hi Bluebell,

    I'll try and make that shot you have asked for before I upload this and I'll show you the new transom. I bought the boat then had the transom replaced. That is a Jag - the photo was one from the ad I saw that I bought the boat from - it's at the guy who I bought the boat from's place - it's beyond repair and rusting into the driveway. I think the guy had a lot of optimism and dreams.
     

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  6. Scott Nomates
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    Oh and I should say I haven't had the boat in the water yet, still bringing it up to safely being able to....also I should mention that I was compelled to bring this boat back from the brink - I've never owned a boat before and don't even have a boat licence - I saw it, read about Hickman and went "Yep, this one deserves to be awesome again"
     
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  7. BlueBell
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Fantastic!

    Thanks for those shots and added info.
    Huge improvement. Transom looks great!

    Take some steadicam footage when you go out!
    And make sure you clean out the fuel tank well beforehand.

    Can you level the camera lens with the top of the trailer rail so we can
    see the perspective of the bottom chine, keel chine, skegg,
    the bottom of the boat that contacts the rollers.
     
  8. Scott Nomates
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    Hi Again,

    I feel a bit dirty....like I'm shooting boat ****...showing you photos of the underside of my boat....haha

    I don't know if I have captured what you were looking for but these are the photos I made
     

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  9. Mr Efficiency
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    Up-skirting boats isn't an offence. :rolleyes: I look forward to the report when you get it on the water.
     
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  10. BlueBell
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Scott,
    That quenches my curiosity, thank you.
    Now get that girl wet!
     
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  11. DogCavalry
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    Look at that cleavage!
     
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  12. DogCavalry
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    Scott, I'm building a Sea Sled myself. I'm really interested in what yours can do. Mine is still a year away.
     
  13. Squidly-Diddly
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    got pics of plans?

    Looks like these could done with simple bending of flat sheets of metal or plywood, AKA "develop-able"
     
  14. DogCavalry
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    Yes, totally developable.

    I have no plans. Did the lines myself, and used Dave Gerr's scantlings.
     
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  15. DogCavalry
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    Early in my thread there's a photo of lines. Sections. Although I derived offsets from 3 longitudinal curves.
     
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