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Old 06-23-2007, 10:41 AM
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Rather than bother experienced folks with a bunch of technical questions - can anyone tell me if there's a good book or reference that outlines the basics of offshore performance boating, specifically engine/drive/prop/rigging issues.?

I mean - I have a good familiarity with engine basics - but it's based on automotive knowledge, and I know things translate differently when it comes to boating. I mean, when I was 21, I knew what my '69 Nova was capable of with a 396 and a big 4-barrel carb vs. having a 350 small block with a big cam and a high-rise mani running duals. You got torque - or you got high rpms - you combine that with the right rear end and you takes your pick...with lots of choices in-between. Of course, with cars, you're talking about ONE engine as well. What's different with boats...or what's the same?

For example, if I'm looking to have a boat in the 24-30' range that I can enjoy with my friends and have it hit 65-70mph at the top end, what am I looking at? Where should I start for a basic combination of reliability, cost-effectiveness and adequate power?

Oh yeah - most of my time will be on Lake Erie - or Lake Michigan.

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Just ask away on here. I found that the experience on this site is much better then any book. Plus you can actually call and speak to people who have been there, tried that!
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Ask away! Every one on this board likes to learn everything there is to know. I have learned a ton since i joined and will never know what some of the guys have forgotten. So post away and welcome.

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This website is by far the best book money could buy, pay for the best membership so you get to see the pcitures and have the most access on the site. Ask any question/s you have, everybody in the performance boating world I have ever meet loves the sport and loves to talk about it.
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Like the guys said, welcome and start asking and learning. The guys who build and race boats frequent this site. You could buy a library worth of info and not beat what is available here. It's a lot of fun too.

I boated on Lake Erie for many years before moving to Florida. I can tell you that the bigger and heavier the boat the better. It's rough water and a smaller boat gets thrown around quite a bit. A 30 would work nicely though. Just my opinion.

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No need to ask away - just use the search function. Most everything has already been asked.
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