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    "SECRETS OF TUNNEL BOAT DESIGN", a must read!

    Thank You Jim Russell, just got my new edition today. Replaces a 15 yr old version I just found.
    Jim, the new version has a bit more depth to it. I was blown away by the racing and design history in your book too.
    Was intrigued by the patents for bottom designs from Darris Allison (for a mod vee!!) and Howard Pipkorn.
    Some killer racing shots from way back as well.
    Recognized several of my buds in the book as well. I believe the picture of Ken Warbys boat taken outside is from Rumble on the River #1, AnthonySS in a STV @ warp speed in a bucket and vest (of course), JohnMarles in his scary Silver Wing and many, many more.
    Jim must be an old coot like me cause in his old racing pix's he's wearing a Gentex jacket (same as I wore )which has been extinict since the advent of elctricity
    This is not a slide rule, chalk board, design geek kinda book like I thoought I remembered but is more of a "How To", to go fast in an O/B.
    Besides bottom design, Jim covers props, lower units (including modifications and options, etc, etc.
    Very, very educational!! (and I've only thumbed through it!)
    Here's a link to Jim's website and info on his other books and projects.
    http://www.aeromarineresearch.com/stbd2.html
    Well worth the investment guys if you want to see how we got where we are today or to learn what is possible with what you have and help you know what to expect from a tunnel before owning one. Great info in regards to the recent post about tunnel Vs Vee bottom performance too.
    Gary
    Last edited by Instigator; 04-25-2005 at 04:56 PM.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    Hey

    Some of us Canadian's do know a bit of what we talk about ............... Not all but some !!!!!

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff "Yammer"
    Some of us Canadian's do know a bit of what we talk about ............... Not all but some !!!!!

    Jeff
    Hey man, what's up with you, what are the plans, are we racin or not?

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    Yammer

    "some, not all"
    of which group do "y'all" belong Eh ?
    Hope all is well up North Jeff. Tell the boss I said "Hey"!!
    Got plenty of room here (boats and people) if you guys ever need a place to hole up in your travels.
    Buckeye Lake is just starting to hop. (between snow storms )
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    So that's where you get the secrets?!

    Duuuude,

    I finished putting the Vindicator's powerhead on....got the wiring and carbs all tight, emptied 35 gallons of gas, got new gas (ouch) added oil, ready for the first hour of idle-time, went to the ramp, started to rain (w/ 48 degree's of air blasting me at 15 mph) went to start it and after a couple of cranks, yup, something I forgot .... no battery juice.

    I've got the battery on trickle.....

    Hydraulic steering is 1/2 way in the Stream. The removal was a pain, cut the cable that was frozen and saved the other (why I don't know).

    Now I'll need to get this book. (I've been on the fence so long I am spitting splinters). The YT hull is not the best thing in the world, well, maybe it will help with skiing. As soon as the cash flow begins to reflow....I'll do an order. The updates are cool.

    Haven't forgotten about you. Looks like I can swap the counter rotating lower for a RH so I might be on the way to a repower.......again, once the reflowage thing happens.
    Sea ya, Sleekster



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    Gregggggggggggggggggggg................

    whasssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss up?
    Sounds good on your project. No problem here, been slammed with work and the Sonic anyhow.
    Renting a house with an acre of property so plenty of space for boar parking if passing through.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    Thanks for the review Gary...



    I have been meaning to get a copy for many years...I will someday

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    Tunnel Boat Design

    Gary - thankyou very much for the kind words about my book.

    Since your original version, we're now up to the 12th edition STBD in publication, and yes, there are many additions/updates to the book. I've tried to include enough information for a widely varying reader interest - from racing and design history; to specifics of vee hull and tunnel hull design concepts, performance calculations and formulae. I've always found the history of performance hull design intriguing, so we've tried to cover it well in the book. It is primarily intended to be, as you suggest Gary, a "How to go fast" outline that also explains "why things are what they are".

    I am just now finishing a major update to my "Secrets of Propeller Design" book, which will be published this summer.

    I didn't know that my good 'ol Gentex racing jacket would be a tip-off that I'm (approaching) an old coot! Guess I've just been at it a long time!

    Thanks again for the kind words, Gary.
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    Yeah, again..................

    a very, very good "How To" book for going fast in an O/B.
    Also cover's Vee's as well.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    Hydrostream 17' Vector FrankenRude I
    Laser 480 (?) 21' w/GT 200
    Glastron Carlson Conquest w/XP 2.6
    Glastron Carlson CVX 20 w/XP 2.6
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 Johnsons
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 HO Johnsons
    19' STV River Rocket w/FrankenRude II
    Allison XR 2002 w/Frankenrude II
    Hydrostream 18' V-King w/Frankenrude II
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    ...and I was going to read that book. Ok Gary, since you read it...HOOTERS and I will be down
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    Tom

    Just started reading my new one.
    Plus, it don't leave my sight!!
    Only way I can keep track of my collection
    Already missing a couple of good videos.
    You guys need that book up there anyhow.
    Seems like last time you messed with a fiisschh mohhatar powered "Ski" boat with one of your 2.5 race motor powered tunnnel thing a ma jigs, you got spanked
    Last edited by Instigator; 04-26-2005 at 09:00 PM.
    I'd rather be competitive w/junk I built in my garage than win w/stuff I bought.


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    Checkmate 16' 140 Johnson
    Hydrostream 17' Vector FrankenRude I
    Laser 480 (?) 21' w/GT 200
    Glastron Carlson Conquest w/XP 2.6
    Glastron Carlson CVX 20 w/XP 2.6
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 Johnsons
    24' Sonic w/twin 250 HO Johnsons
    19' STV River Rocket w/FrankenRude II
    Allison XR 2002 w/Frankenrude II
    Hydrostream 18' V-King w/Frankenrude II
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    Gary is right on - The Secrets Of Tunnel Boat Design is a must read manual for any performance boater. It's a very interesting read, and I've been through my copy many, many times. It's the kind of book you can read through 10 times, and still come back for more.

    Jim will also be writing some feature articles for us, and we'll be posting an update review of the latest version of his Tunnel Boat Design Program.

    My evaluation of the 12th Edition is here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Instigator
    You guys need that book up there anyhow.
    Seems like last time you messed with a fiisschh mohhatar powered "Ski" boat with one of your 2.5 race motor powered tunnnel thing a ma jigs, you got spanked
    Stupid 30 pitch..that was the last time I ran that prop. That's it , no more childs's play, getting out the big guns. HOOTERS is coming to Buckeye....no pun intended
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    its agreat tunnel book

    i gained allot of experiance from the tunnel book before i start building
    my first mod vp boat. also the man who make the book is very cooprated

    shortly will show you my first tunnel..

    ga
    its not always the gun its the man behind the trigger

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    Yousif, I'm hoping you'll post more photos of your projects.
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