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Old 03-30-2011, 10:00 PM
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We are building a quad 300 verado 38 Fountain with NO rod holders made just for family poker runs. I gave up sport boats a few years ago. Sure do miss them!
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Whatever you get just make sure it's faster than BillRs
with 250 xs's it definitely would be, that's a good looking boat Macklin
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Is a CC the best Choice for You?

ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS ONE...




"Of course, nothing beats heading out into the cool, dark waters at night on my Center Console. It's got plenty of space for all kinds of cargo...legs...torsos...arms...whatever. Cleanup is always fast and easy, and the outboards provide plenty of power for that fast getaway when needed. The hull handles almost any kind of chop with ease...it knifes through swells like butter. Most all of my passengers--okay just about all of them--are speechless when I take 'em for a ride. No doubt about it...my Center Console is a cut above the rest."


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Remember, in 2004 OSO even got a CC for a few years.

It was a sweet Spectre CC. It made every event the Glad made and a few it didn't.
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Remember, in 2004 OSO even got a CC for a few years.

It was a sweet Spectre CC. It made every event the Glad made and a few it didn't.
I like that cool little car on your ID Cash Bar....
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:51 AM
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with 250 xs's it definitely would be, that's a good looking boat Macklin
It's not that boat, but same model.

And if it's not faster than BillR's I'm not interested.
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Best one I've seen to date is the Nor-Tech 390 Open. Nice to have options.

http://www.nor-techboats.com/boats.php?id=5&type=cen
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Best one I've seen to date is the Nor-Tech 390 Open. Nice to have options.

http://www.nor-techboats.com/boats.php?id=5&type=cen
That's what we were thinking

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Old 03-31-2011, 08:39 AM
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T tops are a difficult component for a boat builder..... Not so difficult in the design, but difficult in the sales of the design...
These two pics are from our "Prototype" TE... The electronics area is actually negative... It hangs down a small amount, and has a "bubble" on the top to make up for the space.
The customers want the electronics in the T Top, but I didn't want to simply bolt a "box" to the underneath of the top like many builders do....
This top also has a bit of a wing on the back edge....to try to get off the surfboard look....
This top was well received at the show, therefore will be on the production boats.
The frame is being redesigned a bit....

I think the T Top is too large... However large appears to be what the buying mass wants... But, we have the ability to modify the tops at client request....


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Nice boats, Tim, and best of luck with your new model.

What's happening with top design in the industry? The ones that are prevalent look like the platform for a non-existent marlin tower. They tend to give these boats a "me too" look despite all the different approaches to hull and deck design.

Since no one in their right mind is going to put a tower on most of these rigs one is free to design something that A: looks unique and b: manages wind better than a giant surfboard. Free speed and a look that sets you apart.

Just wondering what's happening in that arena.

Of course with consoles there has to be room for the 15" touch screen that combines radar, sonar, engine function, comm, engine trim, trim tab, fuel, water and a bunch of other data. The software is coming we can be sure; the hardware is already here.
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T tops are a difficult component for a boat builder..... Not so difficult in the design, but difficult in the sales of the design...
These two pics are from our "Prototype" TE... The electronics area is actually negative... It hangs down a small amount, and has a "bubble" on the top to make up for the space.
The customers want the electronics in the T Top, but I didn't want to simply bolt a "box" to the underneath of the top like many builders do....
This top also has a bit of a wing on the back edge....to try to get off the surfboard look....
This top was well received at the show, therefore will be on the production boats.
The frame is being redesigned a bit....

I think the T Top is too large... However large appears to be what the buying mass wants... But, we have the ability to modify the tops at client request....
Tim,

You seem to be straightforward and direct. Then help me out. T-tops are known to have considerable wind resistance. They are rigid and the angle cannot be adjusted. They have the effect of lowering the top speed and efficiency of boats, which some have said is as much as 5-6 mph or more depending on surface area. But of course they are highly desirable for the shade they provide and as an additional place to mount equipment. Is there any way that a rigid top could be designed to not have as much wind resistance and still look reasonably nice? Could they pivot? What about venting?

Thanks, Andy
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