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    Question How do I drive my new Tunnel? 22' DCB (Daytona) with a 500 HP i/o

    I've been an V bottom guy my entire life, my fast ones were a Hydrostream V-King, and my Eliminator 20'7" V with a pad.

    No issues, have the feel for these boats.

    But the tunnel, from what I'm reading, whole new thing.

    What do you feel when you trim too much? (slow down, blow over? I doubt this will blow over, it's feels solid, does not get kitey at all)

    What do feel when you turn too sharp? (sponson digs in, or is that too late already?)

    So far, nothing feels scary at all to me, but what people say about a tunnel does scare me.

    Thanks for the input

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    Its pretty tough to tell someone how to drive their boat unless you own an identical rig. The best way to learn any boat is to stay conservative with your driving technique until you learn the boat's quirks. You can't compare the handling characteristics of a flyweight outboard powered tunnel to a much heavier I/O, so what "people say" may not even be kindred to your set up. On the positive side, you have a great boat built by a manufacturer that probably put some development time in it vs. someone's experiment gone bad. Exercise caution and common sense and you should stay out of trouble.
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    You could always call DCB. They would be the experts on this boat....

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    Drive it like ya stole it LOL If you can drive a V-King you will know how far to push things till you get used to it, never driven DCB 22 but they seem real close to a 22 Cougar and you would have to really push things to blow one of them over. I'm sure some hear has one and can tell you more, just watch going into the wind cuz you have to add the wind speed to the boat speed.

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    Like a bat out of hell let it eat..
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    dont use much positive trim,you could get into trouble before you know it, if you know the top rpm for the given prop dont over trim to gain more rpm ,take your time and be safe , took a few times in my daytona to know what to do and what not to do given the conditions of the wind/water on the lake.

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    all you have to do it take your time learning to drive it. dont be an idiot with the trim button, learn with little bumps at a time. find someone else with something similar and get them to show you. dont be afraid to ask.
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    Where in Muskoka do you boat?

    The bottom on that rig is very forgiving under almost all conditions with a few exceptions. One thing you need to learn is the "bobble" while turning. They will show you a slight lean/grab to the outside if you start over turning them and that is the sign to steer OUT of the corner before you swap ends.
    Be careful when turning at high speed in sloppy water. If the hull leaves the water while turning, they can bite back in a little funny and change direction.

    Learn to "drift" your corners when running fast.

    NEVER trim down fast and try to pull a hard corner at higher speeds. The hull will settle the bow down, lift the stern and you will be doing doughnuts in a hurry.
    Airpacker

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    I had the same concerns when I bought my first STV. This was back when Rusty was still racing them. I put a call in to him and he returned it about 8:00 that night. Told him my concerns and his advice was tuck motor all the way in and run it wot. Keep clicking the trim till it stops bouncing and that is where it wants to be. Originally I was scared to death of that trim button but I got to where I would blow out before I would even come close to blowing over. Same with turning. Eventually got to the point where I could spin it out (swap ends) controlably. Once you get used to it you will be surprised what you can get by with. Take your time, have fun, and be carefull. Keep in mind this was an STV not an Elimiunator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airpacker View Post
    Where in Muskoka do you boat?

    The bottom on that rig is very forgiving under almost all conditions with a few exceptions. One thing you need to learn is the "bobble" while turning. They will show you a slight lean/grab to the outside if you start over turning them and that is the sign to steer OUT of the corner before you swap ends.
    Be careful when turning at high speed in sloppy water. If the hull leaves the water while turning, they can bite back in a little funny and change direction.

    Learn to "drift" your corners when running fast.

    NEVER trim down fast and try to pull a hard corner at higher speeds. The hull will settle the bow down, lift the stern and you will be doing doughnuts in a hurry.
    Hi AirPacker, Thanks for the input.

    Lake Muskoka, Bala and Acton Island.

    Is this Sean??

    Looks like your motor!

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    Yes it is. Richard I take it?
    Airpacker

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    You got it, I now have the mini version of your boat (when you had the stock motor) white with purple. Immaculate condition, full hydraulic steering (which feels good after what happened last year)

    Yours had the 500 HP when you first got it didn't it? I remember the speed at around 80, what was it? Yours is bigger, I assume heavier, and is the same speed as mine. So I think it still needs something. The previous owner had a 2" shorty, but the boat drove "sideways" at speed. DCB confirmed that with me, they said if it's too short it will walk sideways...

    So he changed it to the stock height, with nose cone.

    I just got it a couple of weeks ago, so I have next to no seat time in it.

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    You need to buy my Blackhawk drive for that sucker Richard Bet theres 8 to 10 mph in that set up
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    I remember when you put that on yours, made a big improvement. Its a shame they stopped making it. I've heard the Donzi 22 Classic with that drive is totally different boat (fast and fun). And I know they made a special edition 22 Daytona BlackHawk, but only for a short time.

    Did you try shorty's before the Blackhawk??

    P.S. Will keep your Blackhawk in mind, thanks for letting me know you still have it.

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