Mini speed boat Kit

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  1. jrl5678
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    I know they do not ride as well as PWC. I know there are many small AL boats that with an outboard I can come out cheaper.

    the 10' to 12' 2 person side by side 15HP outboard mini speed boat. In the 80's there were a few companies making them, one (Funjet maybe,) was here in Houston making them. I want the math done for me and would be willing to buy the whole kit but at least complete plans and preferred full sized patterns. Also stitch n glue. these days I have a little more money than space. I started a jon boat but it is going to be too long to store. Also I was working off of my own design and I am not a designer.

    The high end speed is not what I am after. I want the hull shape to look sleek, not slap sided and I want to sit side by side and drive around on the water for a few hours and then go home.
     
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    A ten footer is not likely to accommodate two adults comfortably. The twelve footer is about the practical minimum for two, side by side, occupants. You could expect to race along in the low twenties MPH range with the 15 HP outboard. The twelve will need you be prudent about the weather and water conditions in which you use the boat.

    Try the Glen-L website. They might have something close to what you want.
     
  3. Yellowjacket
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    The Glen L TNT looks to be pretty much what you're looking for. It's designed for up to 15 hp and is the right length. The only issue is that it is not "stitch and glue", it's built from frames and covered with plywood. 11' TNT - runabout-boatdesign https://www.boatdesigns.com/11-TNT-runabout/products/365/ If you want more speed it's going to require more power and they have the "Bullet" that goes 40 mph but takes 35 hp. Most of the designs of smart looking runabouts are based on a plywood over frame, and I don't think you'll find a stitch and glue in a small runabout.
     
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    Better be smooth waters, or you may be walking around like a 90-year old after a few hours of dashing around. :)
     
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    What if he/she is already 90?
     
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    Prognosis would be grim ! :(
     
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    Guy's the OP is Huston Texas... It's inland. Lakes and rivers and nice days with smooth water is what he's going to be running on. He want's something that looks snazzy and looks fast and planes nicely and goes something like 25 mph and will hold two people side by side. The TNT pretty much fills the bill. If he can find something similar in stitch and glue he'd be all set. The Glen L Dyno Mite is pretty much what he is looking for. It's 11 feet long and can handle up to 25 hp. 15 would work on it but it's not going to be very fast with two people aboard, I'd be looking at a 20 hp older 2 stroke that is light and that would be a decent rig. It's also a V hull so it's not going to be as rough riding as the TNT. That said it's not going to be as efficient or as fast as a TNT. It's a toy for nice days on calm water and it fills the bill nicely.
     
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    Yes, Houston, inland lakes or backbay on calm days. All summer we get weak southerly breezes sailors hate but our winters are nice and the wind is fun. I do like the look of the Dyno mite, i wold build plywood over frame if they would sell me a complete kit. Top speed is not one of my goals my lower back is tired of 30 years in the trades, I am thinking about buying the plans and looking at them for a while. No one ever said I was fast. A safe sedate runabout to drive around for a few hours.
     
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    Fallguy the RB12 does not seem to lend it self to a side console. but I like that site and the ability to buy precut plywood is a +
     
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    That Mission Bay boat is really more of a rowboat and while easy to make it's not really much of a powerboat. I would go after the Dyno mite as it's intended to be a planing hull and isn't that much harder to make. The biggest difference is that the Mission Bay has a flat bottom and would pound pretty badly if you put a good bit of power on it. 10 or 15 hp would be a lot of power for that boat. The Dyno mite is rated for up to 25 hp, and 20 would be a nice ride.

    Many small outboards that cover a power range are often the same motor but the lower power version might have a smaller carburetor or an inlet restriction to reduce the power. If they have a range like that just buy the biggest of the range, you'll go faster and have more power to play with. That's why the weight is the same, they are all the same motor.
     
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