Hickman Sea Sled - Inverted Vee

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  1. SeaDrive
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    Bolger has written admiringly about Hickman and has based several designs on Hickman's ideas for flat-bottomed, high speed boats (1914 vintage), but he feels that the inverted v was a dead end.

    There was a major article about Hickman in Woodenboat some years back.
     

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    You Lucky

    I would love to find one of these boats. I actually live about 5 miles from where they were built. How did your project come out ? Was there a motor in the boat when you found her ?
     
  3. wojtek86
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    I have been reading about this boat design and I am wondering. What happened to these boats. It seemed that they were the best design, fastest, good in rough water, better carrying capacities. Why did they disappear from the market???
     
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    Good Question
     
  5. wojtek86
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    Do you guys think a brand new, redesigned, sea sled center console fishing boat would have success in today's market?
     
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    What market?

    Can anyone point out a paper that documents experiments on Sea Sled designs, to get some data rather than the self serving hype of the promoters?

    It seems like is must not work, otherwise they would be pervasive. The design has been around long enough!
     
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    After reading a bit, maybe these do have merit!
     
  8. Tad
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    Boston Whaler sells them every day......horrible boats that inspire confidence in newbies due to barge-like stability characteristics....
     
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    Tad, after more reading, I concur with you.
     
  10. wojtek86
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    Boston Whaler does not sell any current models that incorporate the sea sled hull.
     
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    What makes you think that it's a "horrible" design?
     
  12. Tad
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    You are right...I stand corrected...;)

    Boston Whaler has given up on their original sea sled and moved to a typical vee bottom....I wonder why :confused:
     
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    I've been out in one........
     
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    what kind of wake does the sled make ?

    a theory of one big wake would be better than two medium wakes .
    would be good for some?

    why anyone would want one 3-4 foot wake is beyond me .

    hypo card - from omni

    a good funnerall makes for a good wake ...
     

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    And what makes you think its a horrible design?
     
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