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articfriends 07-06-2011 12:14 AM

Rich Rigda-Total performance restoration in Saginaw Mi /american boat repair, has added steps to boats , not sure if he had any positive results but he chopped and whittled!! Tried to find a pic but could only come up with this- a 79 sutphen he restored, he was telling me he was going to move the cockpit fwd and make it bigger!!! Give the guy a call, he might send you some homeade step pics, Smitty

shootitup 07-06-2011 02:53 AM

Originally Posted by Mange (Post 3445410)

Listen to the guys here. no offense but Chris Craft Stinger does not have the right layup scheme to built on. They don't even had the hull and deck glassed together.
If you MUST do this pic an old better built hull. Fountain, Cigarette, Powerplay etc.

just my 2....


There is nothing MUST.

Like in starting post Have PLAN make steps to stinger 312 straight v-hull.

I wont make such big work just for look dos it work or not that
why started this thread.

Have wait that if someone has done it before write back, send
project pics and before/after results.

If those steps in after work has been a good solution i suppose someone has tell something real.

Otherwise those dont do it etc has come a lot.

I will leave making steps and look after something else like
takin more hp out of the engines.

Boat reach now 61-63mph and try to reach 70+mph.

DollaBill 07-06-2011 07:11 AM

This is crazy talk. Go buy a step boat.

VetteLT193 07-06-2011 08:24 AM

If you are trying to only go 70, steps may not be the answer. Have you been in, driven, etc. a step bottom boat?

Steps do more and more for the boat as speed increases. I'd say on my twin step that they do nothing 40 MPH and under. at 45 you can start to feel the boat wake up. At 65 you can feel the boat start to really loosen up. It runs flat... really flat. The steps really change the angle of attack and at slower speeds the boat runs really wet. What I'm getting at here is you could add a step or two and lose speed.

I'd think a V pad would be way simpler to add on and your success chances are far greater. Here is a thread on adding a pad. Seems like these guys are going with the flat pad, vs. the V pad but there is decent conversation.

Another idea, the easiest to make happen, is to add another set of lifting strakes farther in towards center of the boat. That would be a similar concept to a V pad.

47EXCALIBUR 07-06-2011 08:38 AM

if you want to go 70 buy a might actualy hit 75...alot cheaper and less time involved,,,,and it works ,,,,and plenty of people have done it

scarabman 07-06-2011 11:24 AM

I personally, would like to see him give it a go. No gains can be obtained, or innovation made without experimentation. It may be a total flop, it may not but one thing is for certain, you miss 100% of the shots you never take.

PatriYacht 07-06-2011 04:11 PM

Probably the easiest thing to do would be to widen the strakes about a half inch each. That would give the hull more lift and it wouldn't mean cutting the boat apart. I thought about that when I had my old Scarab. Then I bought a different boat.:drink:

Wahoo ATV 07-06-2011 06:45 PM

Weren't there pics of sunsation adding steps to the powerplay plug when building the F4?

Yes. There are some good pics in this thread.

dkwestern 07-06-2011 07:23 PM

Originally Posted by Wahoo ATV (Post 3446409)
Weren't there pics of sunsation adding steps to the powerplay plug when building the F4?

Yes. There are some good pics in this thread.

They added a step inbetween steps that were already there, very different. Laying 1/2" piece of wood between 2 steps gives a third 1/2" step, while making the front step 1/2" smaller. Very easy in comparison. And it was on a dedicated plug, not a running boat.

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