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Old 12-03-2007, 11:07 PM
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First, great forum, I have been lurking here for a couple of months. I am in the process of restoring a pretty much brand new 1983 Cougar Cub for my son. I am having a difficult time coming up with a graphic's scheme to update the boat. Does anyone have any pics of one or for that matter even a full size boat that a graphics guy could copy as a decal (wrap) I have been all over this site and cannot find any Cougar Cubs. I was into offshores back in the 80's and all I can say is WOW have the look of boats changed. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 12-03-2007, 11:10 PM
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:13 PM
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here is my little baja cat
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:36 AM
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Cougar Cub on the far left .

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Old 12-04-2007, 09:35 AM
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None of the above pics are of a Cougar Cub.

Packinair, my boat as a kid was a Baja Scat Cat. Worst boat ever. Did you get yours to run right? I had to lie on the deck to get it on plane. Once it got over the hump, it rode very bow could feel the drag. I stuffed it dozens of times. I never had a power trim unit on the 35 merc so maybe that was my problem. The stock aluminum prop cavitated beyond belief and the chopper prop I got raised the back end too much.

Back to the Cougar cubs...we still have one, but it is in storage and I do not have any pictures. It was a mini version of my dad's race boat(see pic). Has a 25 Merc and runs a lot better than the Baja. Our Cub actually won the world championships back in 1983. A lot of the race teams had them. It was something fun to do on the side.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:13 PM
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Very cool Gary!!!! Do the motor right and at least paint it black.....
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:55 PM
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Is that a short shaft motor on there?
I have one(Cougar) and im running a long shaft and its hard to get on plane.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:31 AM
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Is that a short shaft motor on there?
I have one(Cougar) and im running a long shaft and its hard to get on plane.
Yes it is a short shaft Stinger...of sorts. I wanted integral trim so I used a modified a Yamaha Pro 50 transom bracket. The powerhead is a modified 49 cu in block with 7 ports per cyl, makes nearly 100hp at 8000 rpm. Lower unit is not a Nitro...well it is but with a 2:1 gear ratio instead of 1.87:1 since the boat is on the heavy side and I needed to build some rpm to get some hp out of the motor. The prop is a Ron Hill that was modified by Leading Edge Propeller, Rich gave it awesome hole shot and another few mph on the top.

As for the paint, yea that is Ryan Beckly working that design. My son fell in love with it and wanted it for his little cat. I do need to finish and paint the hood. The mid is extra blue ppg from when I painted the hull.

As for getting on plane, with this boat its nearly impossible, prior to running the 4 blade drag cleaver. Any three blade I tried just burned a hole in the water. The other thing that made a different was the Panther wedge which gives me a few more degrees of negative trim. You can see it in the last pic between the motor and jack plate. The jack plate is a must, all the way down to get on plane then all the way up for the top end. Don't need to run much more than neutral trim and she'll pack air like a big cat.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:53 PM
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who does engine mods for small outboards.have a 25 merc on my kids 13 whaler and would like to get some more out of it or should i just get a 40 hp
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