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Old 01-15-2004, 08:11 PM
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C-Spray,

I know for a fact that your throttleman sucks. Probably put on a broken prop just to screw with you. If he had any balls at all, he'd taken up to 80 where you would have had a nice smooth ride. (Trust me) I know this guy. He likes to keep it in the nasty zone just to mess with you. I'm sure you were doing an outstanding job. Next time tell him to push it on up.

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Old 01-15-2004, 08:26 PM
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The best gear-ratio for any fast vee-bottom is a 1.5:1, until you are at 100 m.p.h. and up. This applies to twins as well. The four blade prop, combined with his 1.65:1 ratio could also be an issue. Also, four-blade props(in general) are not particularly the best choice for fast vee-bottoms. Personally, I prefer a good 3-blade on any vee-bottom, for both speed & the lack of steering torque. Each 4-blade design calls for a specific X-dimension, to take full advantage of its characteristics(diameter, etc...) A 4-blade running at a conservative(deep) X-dimension, will produce excessive steering torque. Too much blade surface area. Lastly...the Hydromotive blade contour, rake, etc...is closely characteristic of a cleaver. These props produce sternlift, especially a four blade version, combined with a less than ideal X-dimension, will cause excessive steering torque. In order to properly diagnose your particular 22' Velocity rigging woes, I would start with the X. What is it? Has the transom plate loosened and shifted to one side(tilted), etc...Hope this helps explain a bit more what I meant in my earlier post. By the way, I worked at the Pompano Beach, Fl. Velocity plant in the mid to late eighties & also helped Regal with their transition into the world of Performance Offshore powerboats when Steve Stepp sold out to them. At that time we were producing 2 1/2 22's every week. One 30' every month. And about 3 or 4 38's per year(which measured closer to 40', but at that time we were competing with the "377" Scarab) The 22's were one of my favorite boats. Good luck with your future boat hunting...Gar Heinrich
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Old 01-15-2004, 08:45 PM
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Is this the boat? Yeah, I told him the raise the X-dim, but he kept complaining he would have to cut new exhaust holes.

Not sure who that guy is, but it looks like he is saying a prayer before the ride?
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side shot. Is this the boat?
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Old 01-15-2004, 08:55 PM
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side shot. Is this the boat?
Could be. The only part I ever saw was the top. When I asked the observers, all they ever saw was the top....or the bottom. No one ever saw the sides long enough to recognize the paint job. Name seems about right, though.....

"Ed" - Great input. Thanks!
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I was reading this post thinking to myself... "I know this boat".
Chuck, If I was you, I would blame it on the throttleman, then stick with that story.

Ed,
In this case, Trust me. This thing is set up to the -nth degree. Not only is it fast, it would probably out accelerate a lot of drag boats out there.
My plane leaves at 0830 tomorrow, (Friday).
Hopefully, I'll get my turn in that boat sometime this weekend.
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On a semi-related note, was the Challenger hull based on/similar to this Velocity hull?
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Not sure who that guy is, but it looks like he is saying a prayer before the ride? [/B][/QUOTE]

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It's not me. HOWEVER, had I known then what I know now, I would be doing the same....
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