[MHml] AB Aux
jdeupree at maine.rr.com
Sun Feb 11 23:02:34 EST 2007
On Feb 10, 2007, at 11:36 PM, TLam45387 at aol.com wrote:
> I think you are getting it just about right here. Maybe a 250
> hp turbo diesel with a V drive and a large geared down prop. Deep
> V hull cross section and lengthwise connected to main and aft beams.
> Would add watertight buoyancy and a snorkel for the engine.
> Should be seaworthy in its own right but not usually manned when
> pushing. Modified small cigarette boat hull might be an easy place
> to start. Most of these are pretty strong and the conversion to a
> std prop in place of the outdrives gives a lot of flexibility in
> getting the thrust right and the prop deep in the water. Have to
> position to avoid the existing motor pod.
Saw a TV show yesterday showing a 7' long water ski pulling boat. I
think it had 75 hp. Was designed to pull a single skier, but the
trick was the skier controlled it from the tow rope handle remotely.
TV show was from the antipodes.
You would need more hp, but the boat is close to right and the
control system ideal.
That rig had serious multiple kill switches.
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