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    Mini Tunnel finally building! From Scratch

    Hey guys ! Here's some pictures of the tunnel hull I'm building. I did a lot of research, and made a balance of the offshore cat style boats, and inland flats tunnel hulls. It's slightly over 13' long, and about a 5'4" beam. Seats 2, and goal is to have it around 500lbs dry hull, and less than 900lbs fully rigged. I have a 20" shaft 50hp 1999 force outboard in great shape that I got cheap off a friend who was re-powering. I plan on going more power next spring, but this will do ! For now, if I can get over 50mph with this 50 horse, i'll be happy!

    Key points: I want a foot throttle, dual batteries, a sweet stereo and speakers, and probably an open bench style seat. Might switch to having an arm rest type of center console - who knows.

    Let me know what you think


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    1st thread posted- June 26th, 2014
    First float off trailer- June 25th, 2017

    Pretty close dates !!!

    EDIT****2
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    13' Biel tunnel AKA "Flight Risk"
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    I have lots more pictures to upload - - - But it's late tonight
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    couple more pics for fun
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    Looking good, keep the pics coming.
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    Awesome undertaking. Great work. Keep 'em coming. Bill

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    Awesome work. Can't wait to see this thing through.

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    Looks great
    if it runs well I might be interested in one
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    I love threads like this, looks like bud-light is helping the build might be a cool color scheme for it.

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    Need lightening holes in all the bulkheads , useless weight .
    Here is a power suggestion .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Foley View Post
    Ned lightening holes in all the bulkheads , useless weight.
    Yep. Listen to the pro's.
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    looks Great don't 4get lifting strakes on bottom of sponson
    Last edited by DS77; 06-28-2014 at 11:54 PM.

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    What do you mean by lifting straks?
    I was planning on putting planing/lifting pads on the bottom chines of each sponson - is that what you meant?

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