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Old 08-15-2008, 04:40 PM
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this one ?
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Old 08-15-2008, 04:43 PM
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I thought it was a airplane wing with sponson landing gear?
It's much more complex than that........ It has a full air skirt on the outside of the hull. a 4 point bottom (2 primary contact points on each sponson), an aeleron to force air outward and under the engines ( the lower units become the aft contact points when airborne).
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The first boat i owned was a switzer, kinda cool to see this!
Here's the link.

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Rich, that's why I say I have 100% respect for you...your unreal and you never stop. CONGRATS!
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Very cool Rich. Wish I was still up in Jersey to get a chance to see her run. Good luck with it......Ever going to treat us to a post with all your resto pics? I remember the ones from when you got it a few years back, had tiger stripes, didn't it?
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Looks good, must have been an incredible feeling to get it up on plane for the first time after the work you've put into it. Do you have to run ballast in the other cockpit and is it actually set up to have a passenger in there? just curious really.


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Looks good, must have been an incredible feeling to get it up on plane for the first time after the work you've put into it. Do you have to run ballast in the other cockpit and is it actually set up to have a passenger in there? just curious really.


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We have a seat in the other cockpit...and I gleefully look forward to giving rides to eager vict.......errr.....passengers who will have the time of their lives..........so far no volunteers.....

Right now there is an 80# ballast bag forward in that sponson but we will probably try running without it shortly, since the boat is really stable laterally (it is very wide for its length.). I also think that we can move the trim out slightly..... a little bit at a time, because you don't get a second chance if you go too far....

The engines have power trim ....and ....power lift so I can vary the prop height about 2.25 inches up or down while underway. Everything is set very conservatively for these early runs.

By the way these are 10,000 RPM engines.

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Rich, that's why I say I have 100% respect for you...your unreal and you never stop. CONGRATS!

Thanks Augie, I appreciate it.

You can never give up....even when you're "obsolete"......

A few of the "experts" around here (Long Island) were betting it would disintegrate on its maiden voyage.....or sink from too much weight aft. We've spent our lives proving a lot of "experts" wrong.

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We have a seat in the other cockpit...and I gleefully look forward to giving rides to eager vict.......errr.....passengers who will have the time of their lives..........so far no volunteers.....
Where do I need to be, and when. That looks like a blast.
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Very Nice T2! Congratulations to everyone involved with this project and tell George he doesn't look a day older
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