Mini mothership??

Discussion in 'Boat and Accessory Building' started by DarrenM, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. DarrenM

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    I want to see one person operate that boat with two tiller style outboards and successfully make it from one location to another.
     
  3. DarrenM

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    I think they are both hooked up to a steering wheel..??

    The designer now recommends one 20 hp in the middle.

    Another angle
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    i'm going to ignore that because i just know that RoyN is smarter than that.
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    What? Im assuming they are connected some how.. Im not a "boat guy" so what am I missing??
     
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    in the original pic the mini power-cat is obviously un-finished.
    in the cockpit sits a steering wheel and power controls, still in the box.

    the engines will be hooked up in tandem. the power controls will be balanced so that they operate at the same power output. the single wheel will steer both engines. the easiest way would be a crossbar between cavitation plates, with one engine being the "driver" and the other the "driven".

    don't waste your time. just build a Bartender. or buy an old 20ft Searay with a cuddy, and put a rack system on it.
     
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    Keep in mind that any craft with 10 or more HP will require registration. Hence the popularity of 9.9HP outboards. Presumably this is for the total craft, so two 10s wouldn't get you out of the requirement.

    Since you'll have to register anyway, you may as well throw a couple of 250s on there and waterski to Vancouver in about 20 minutes. :lol:
     
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    Now that is one cute little dual-hull boat! Perfect for protected waters like the Gulf Islands or Barkley Sound, and a lot of room for the bucks! I'd select the single 20 hp option, also, both for simplicity of setup and for less investment in the outboard.

    Should be a pretty strightforward build, and not very expensive. I think I'd go with ordinary doug fir plywood and glass the exterior with 4 oz cloth. A little heavier, maybe, but I bet cheaper than occume plywood. That stuff is now twice what it was when I built my power boat.

    If you get one of these, Darren, I want a ride! :cool
     
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    I sent an email to the builder of the boat pictured above. Just wanna get his take on the build, overall likes and dislikes.

    But I like it, would be a fun project.
     
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    That looks really F-U-N!!!
     
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    Yup, that's what I'd do.

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    With 250's, you'd have to stay at half throttle or better, just to keep the stern afloat!
     
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    Well of course! If the hull is touching the water, you're not going fast enough!
     
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    I think if I do end up making this, Ill stick with one 20-25 hp motor...

    Ordered the study plan last night.
     
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    But I wanted you to build me one Dave! :big_thumb :big_thumb :mrgreen:
     
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    Guess I'll have to take a look at a Honda 5hp outboard the next time I'm down at the boat shop. I didn't think those small engines had remote throttles.
     
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    :lol: :lol: :wink: Sheila is in la la land! I'm stuck on a dinghy -- be a long time on one of those.
     
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    Gotta problem with that?? :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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    Did someone say "mutha ship"?

    [​IMG]

    Some people just have waaaay too much money!
     
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    I wanna win the lottery.....