Here's The true Sea Sled Story, circa1985

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

  1. Scott Nomates
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  2. Scott Nomates
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    Hi Again,

    Actually, I just tried to buy the plans and, frustratingly, they don't ship to Australia and the seller doesn't accept messages. I was thinking he could forget about the CD and just upload to DropBox or similar. If any of you blokes in the US/Canada want to pay the $6 and then upload to DropBox, I'll pay.
     
  3. DogCavalry
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    Hi Scott. He’s quite the salesman. Sounds like he should be selling genuine Bunyip toenails and Nargun scales. But if his plans are good, that’s great.
    If you wanted to buy plans I also recommend the plans for sale at bateau.com for the TX-18. They included lines and panel plans for a Hickman Sea Sled from around 1954. I got them instantly as a .zip file.

    Of course you already have a sled. That puts you ahead of the game. If I, as a complete stranger, can make a suggestion, I’d say: consider going with twin engines if possible. The air and foam that give the sled it’s efficiency and lift come out under the transom, right in the middle. A single outboard will have a hard time working in those conditions.
     
  4. Scott Nomates
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    Thanks DogCavalry,

    I'll have a look at those plans you suggest - I don't want to build another one (at least until I see how well the one I have performs) but I'm thinking they would look good framed on my wall.

    I've read about the whole two prop thing and, as yet, have nothing meaningful to add cause I haven't got the boat in the water yet. A couple of things I have considered though, this boat came with a 1980 inline 6 two stroke with a long leg and it's only 16 feet. It seems to have been well loved at some stage in its life so I'm thinking maybe, with such a small length (comparatively), the issues around the foam may not be so significant. Additionally, I note our plan salesman spec's 40+mph with a 90 hp motor. Next year this lovely "Tower of Power" Mercury will be 40 years old and despite the mere 400 hours (according to the gauge) and, despite Mr Miyagi's magic, is potentially considering retirement soon. I'd have to make some significant changes to the transom to fit (say) twin 40s and it seems excessive on such a little boat (not that I know anything really)...

    I'll get her registered, get a licence, gain some confidence and then give her a run as she is now and we can have some empirical data to work with
     
  5. DogCavalry
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    Very scientific. Very objective. Okay, seems like the long leg should get the prop down into good water, and the foam above shouldn't cause too much drag on the leg. But I'm guessing. Engineering from first principals.

    Damn, I wish I was there. I'd love to give you a hand. Maybe do some speed/ load research. I'm going to do that with my sled, but that's most of a year away, and I'm impatient.
     
  6. BlueBell
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Good for you guys to get an old Sea Sled thread going again!
    The moderator may be able and willing to merge this thread
    and yours, John, if that interests you two. Maybe not...
     
  7. DogCavalry
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    I think a Sled thread as a subcategory is reasonable. Although at the moment it wouldbe limited to links to old articles, and guys saying:
    "I heard they were great."
    Other guy:
    "I heard that too."
     
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  8. DogCavalry
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    So once there are at least 2 sleds active, we can get some concrete data. I'll extend an open invitation to forum members to check mine out. Do some speed/load/seakeeping tests.

    And I have offsets for mine. Once I know if it's any good, I'll know if they are worth sharing.

    Then it will time for a Sea Sled forum category.
     
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  9. Scott Nomates
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    Not only do I know almost nothing about boating, but I have no clues on what any of what you just said, BlueBell, means so I'm no help there.

    I wish you were here too DogCalvary as I've allotted time on the 27th to try to cut, polish a buff the hull so that it might look a bit more reasonable next to it's shiny new transom and save me having to spend the $$ on re-coating it right away which then allows me to move forward with fibre glass patching all the accumulated legacy holes in the dash etc. So it's a bunch of elbow grease going on in a couple of days.
     
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    Elbow grease is good on toast.
     
  11. Scott Nomates
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    We are getting super close to sea trials! Here's an update:
     
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    That's okay, I have no idea what I'm talking about most of the time anyway.
    So, you are certainly not alone.
     
  13. Scott Nomates
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    OK guys....tomorrow is the day...0930 Brisbane time (GMT+10) the Hickman will be relaunched for the first time for sea trials. I'll try to get some videos for you.
     
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    Excellent! Good luck, I hope that all goes well - and we shall look forward to seeing a video or two.
     

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    Do you have any old veterans on hand?
     
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