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06-26-2007, 04:06 PM
Now even if I forget to put in the drain plugs I can still put them in from the dash.
This was my fool proof answer. 3 indicator rods on the dash will show if they are in or not even while launching the boat. They are slaved to the plug rams.

Little pen style pnuematic rams are the power source. I wouldn't recommend adding pnuematics to your boat unless you have several uses for the air tank but the hatch is also raised, held and locked down with a pair. No bungy locks for it. No 2X4 for the hatch arm.
The oil is measured and added to the fuel tank with air as the pump.
The rear view mirror is retracted and lowered by one under the dash. I did go a bit grose and got too big a display for the camera but it still fits.
So 4 uses for a small aluminum tank and a cheapo battery type tire pump.

Of course the plugs can be pulled while on plane but doubt a need for that.

06-26-2007, 04:53 PM
Long time, no see!

Cool project, and some other really neat gadget ideas as always...

08-01-2007, 12:28 PM
Techno...or should we call you "Q".
I love the gadgetry.

Can you post more pics of your pneumatic setup? I have some bimba cylinders and a tank I was planning on making my hatch powered. with a small nitrogen bottle.

08-01-2007, 01:46 PM
Skip the nitrogen. Most of the stuff is only rated for 100 psi. A cheap emergency cigarette lighter air pump and a scavenged tank, like that nitrogen cylinder.
The valves also are fitted with a needle valve on the exhaust port. This is what contols the speed of the ram.

I don't have anything other than those drain plugs in yet. I've been working:rolleyes: on the dash.:p

http://www.pneuaire.com/ Is where I got some of the stuff.

The hatch is one of the last things on the to do list since its in the way installed.