Pocket tunnel bateau

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  1. Cajunpockettunnel
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    I did it that way to just keep it out of the way, although I never thought about the ribs! I did a good thing apparently.
     
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    What seat will you install?
     
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  3. Cajunpockettunnel
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    The cheapest one I can find lol. Just kidding, I've already got the pedestal and seat. I'll take pictures tomorrow and post. The only seat that will be mounted for now is the driver's seat. I'm going to have my buddy move hisself around to find out where it runs best before the other is mounted
     
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  4. Cajunpockettunnel
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    Something like this hoytedow. This one isn't mounted. I will get to that point soon. I plan to mount it to a piece of 3/4" plywood that will just sit in between the ribs. That way I can move it to keep things dry. IMG_20201026_123915483.jpg IMG_20201026_123915483.jpg
     
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    I have 2 like that. The older one cracked around the square base.
    I like the cushioned ones better but they cost a little more.
     
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    Idles a little high, but shifts easy. I think it'll be ok.
     
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    I've enjoyed this thread. What's the purpose of the hose in the bottom of the hull?

    Alan
     
  8. Cajunpockettunnel
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    That is just to vent the tunnel. Tunnel hulls have a tendency to want to create a vacuum and suck the boat down. With it vented it lets the boat ride flat while still getting water to the lower unit.

    I enjoyed this build. Learned a lot.
     
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    Thank you. I have a Carolina Skiff. The bottom and bow are similar. No tunnel. I'm sure you have been in this type boat. If not, do not make any sharp turns while going fast. If the edge catches, it might toss someone out. Went camping in the Everglades with a friend. He was driving and I was navigating. I told him earlier about catching an edge if going fast. Well, he did not fully listen and I just about got thrown out. These type boats are fabulous in shallow water. I'm sure you will have a ball in it.

    Alan
     
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    I grew up in every type of boat that exists for the most part. From 100 mph boats to slow and steady. Hard chines boats are the devil's couldron, and this one is a hard chine. Heck, I used to have a 12/39 with a 30 HP Tohatsu. Now, THAT boat was a kick in the azz to drive. It did every bit of 45 mph, maybe more. I could go almost anywhere in that boat. It was just too small.
     
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    About how many hours have you logged building your boat? It's a great looking boat.
     
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    I didn't keep track of hours, just days. It took me and my buddy 12 days to build. (Roughly)
     
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    That's impressive. Have fun!
     
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    I appreciate the flowers brother. If I had to put time on it I would have to say around 96 to 110 full hrs of work. I had this thing planned in my head how it was going to go together.
     
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    I also always plan them in my mind before I draft them out, the few I have done.
     
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