Hickman Sea Sled Information

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  1. Air Flite
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    I'm glad you did AF. My requests for help from the office tech people fell on deaf ears.
     
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    No problem DC. I'm already finding uses for them.
     
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    Interesting thread DC.
     
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    Hi DC - I hope all is good with you. I've got the final version of my inverted V boat project presentation up on the web at: BoatDesignConcepts.com
    Look to the right margin of their home page and you will see a vertical stack of mini pics with some descriptive verbage. A pic of me driving the 188 runabout is, for now, on top. Click on that and you'll bring up a 16 slide presentation including links to the two videos. You have to scroll it manually. Air Flite
     
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    Scroll down to page 95 if it doesn't open there.
    Article from the 1930's
    Title: "Gay Youngsters"
    MotorBoating https://books.google.ca/books?id=ObOmn6sQANcC&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=sea+sled+madness&source=bl&ots=2Xym1JrCzf&sig=ACfU3U3xCSlAHMfPjtgpvBiTZ1joOFv7Rg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjAoaawkuDvAhXI7Z4KHT_ICLwQ6AEwD3oECBAQAw#v=onepage&q=sea%20sled%20madness&f=false

    John, are you familiar with this build?
    Little Hickman Sea Sled - Boat Builder Central - Builder Forums https://www.community.boatbuildercentral.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=15124

    And this one?
    John Bond - Aircraft and Marine (Boats, sea sled, Tech 2) 1. sea sled, moored at dock, bow view, 1982 2. sea sled, port view into interior, 1982 3. port view engine hatch open, 1982 4. interior controls, 1982 5. Model 28 Sedan, sea sled, 27 ft. 5.5 inches overall by 6ft. 8 inches beam., speed 38 mph, double planked bottom and sides copper fastened at short intervals. Hall Scott LM6, 200 horsepower, 6 cylinders 6. Wren, a 28' Riva docking at the Concours. 1957 -19' Mariner , 1953 - 19' Chris-Craft Raceabout, 7-8. Viper fifth type, sea sled, motor boat , A comparison with the screw propeller speed boat by Albert Hickman 9. manufacturing sea sleds by Charles H. Hall 10. USA 39 Blu Water Catamaran, Don Aronow 11. Letter to John Bond from RobertG. Spelts, 4/9/82, - Hickman Sea Sled Company, model 13 Sea Sled bulletins, demensions, a detaileddocument about the model 13 sea sled, another document about the Model 22 seasled, model 26, The V-bottom, invertedV-bottom description, documents and pictures of , the tunnel bottom boat, surface propeller boat, screw propeller boat 12. The Seasled Fleet 1929, contains info on safety, model 28, model 26, model 22, model 18 Outboard Express Cruiser, model 16, model 13, construction, detail designs 13. The Seasled Fleet 1930, contains info on whatmakesa sea sleddry, soft and safe, model 28, model 26, model 22, model 18 Outboard Express Cruiser, model 16, model 13, construction, detail designs 14. image from back of magazine 15.Hickman's sea sleds "Sea Sled History" Motor Boating (Aug '31) pages 29-32 and pg 246 16. A Revolution in Fast Motorboats, Bulletin No. 212 (only front of bulletin) 17. Hickman Sea Sled trademark, Bulletin No. 215, George F. Crouch, Captain Henry C. Mustin, Professor Joseph C. Riley, H.B Greening, Colonel V.E. Clark, Navy Torpedo Station, C.F. Chapman, Linus Coggan, John A. murray, Robert Edgren, Hale Holden, Jr. , Chester A. Nedwick, Walter M. Bieling, Commander F. W. Sterling, Raymond V. Morris, P.J. Little, Joseph Van Blerck 18. Hammerhead seasled utility, International Boat and Yacht builders, James S. Krogen naval architect, marine engineer, drawing 19. sea sled utility 21' x 8' Bond 8/31/64, revised 3/29/82, blue print -large foldout 20. outboard profile, Figure 30.E Elevation, Bottom view, and body plan of a sea sled, center line cove, lower chine, larger then image folds out 21. Model 28 blue print 1929 catalog, 9 degree Hall scott LM6, 200 HP, blue print, folds out https://kettering.pastperfectonline.com/archive/280E728B-92D9-4689-A15C-214116502763
     
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    Thanks BB! I hadn't seen these before. We are assembling a worthwhile collection here. Soon with my attempt as well.
     
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    From the MISS LAKESIDE article:

    "The bilge pumps are located in the bow, and a 2005 inspection report recommended adding at least two additional pumps in the stern."

    That's a minimum four bilge pumps!
    Interesting given recent posts.
     
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    It sure is. Some great photos there too.
     
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    That is interesting BB. I doubt that few if any of the under 30' original Sea Sleds had self bailing cockpits, so good bilge pump coverage would have been critical. As part of the research for my Air Ride project I bought a used 1988 29' Sea Sled with twin 200s on it. With all that weight hanging off of a 2'+ long mounting bracket, the main deck was barely above the waterline w/o the weight of passengers. Memory is not clear here but I think it had two pumps. Almost sank at the dock several times during downpours.

    Although my 18' Air Ride did not have sufficient freeboard to allow for a self-bailing cockpit, the two bilge pumps in the stern did a fine job. The AR-188 carried up to 4 adults safely through numerous storms on Charlotte Harbor (A six miles wide by 20 miles long bay.) without ever taking any sea water aboard, despite her relatively low freeboard. The bilge pumps easily handled the rainwater. At rest at the dock, she had a full cockpit cover which protected against rainwater.

    The cockpit deck on the 27' cuddy was 5" above the waterline so it was self-draining with never a problem. That boat was so rainwater proof and so sea kindly that I'm not sure the two bilge pumps ever had to run. Well, that's my 2 cents.
     
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  13. DogCavalry
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    I will rely on watertight bulkheads and decks, and scuppers as big as my fist.
     
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    Sounds good to me DC!!!
     
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