I'm interested to see how she sits in the water and how she handles with the OPTI on the back. Whats the weight diff between the 'Rude and the Merc?
I have '71 17 foot Kona with a 150 TOP. When she finally pops the motor, i gotta decide if its worth going with something like an OPTI MAX, or something else...
I had some time this weekend and it looks like I will need to raise the floor under the bow to make a larger area for the bow tank. I am thinking a 2x12 cut the fit the triangle floor, screwed and glued in place then glassed. Then a 16"x16 inch plate to mount the tank to.
I has a Faria dress white fuel gauge coming and installed a Faria white 55 MPH speed yesterday and already I am being told to change it out for a 70-80 MPH unit.
I still think the Opti looks monstrous hanging out the back of this little boat.
I need to make a call and see if they added a second power on/off switch as now the stereo that was working has no power.
Someone posted this elsewhere.....this could get scary.
I can't wait to hear how she runs with the new Merc. I told my wife what a new OB would cost. Took an hour to peel her off the ceiling!
Ya, after the original 1971 125 HP Evinrude died I went looking for a affordable replacement and found a 1984 Merc 115 Tower of Power only to find out it needed work and the shop didn't want to take it on.
After finding out the hull was rated for a 150 (which surprised everyone) I found a complete boat that was a rental out of Bull Frog at Lake Powell....$4500 for a 2011 Optimax with a boat and trailer for what appeared to be a $8000.00 motor.
Well it turned out good and bad...the motor needed a compressor, plugs and a complete service....good is the motor only has 1300 hour on it, the hull came with hydraulic steering so that was a bonus. The prop had been sent out to be refurb'ed and I finally ran that down.....but I might need a new one if I can hit even close to 5750 RPM's with this one.
I forgot to post this earlier...this was posted on another forum....Same boat with a 10 year older motor.....This could get scary.
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Here’s how the scam works:
Two very hot 20-21 year-old girls come over to your truck as you are pulling your boat out of the water. They both hang around watching you strap down the boat and make small talk about your boat and where you will be going next, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look. They ask for a ride up to the marina or campground, You agree and they get in the truck. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them climbs over into your lap and starts crawling all over you and starts caressing you & unzipping your pants , while the other one steals your wallet.
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Well changes out the 55 MPH speedo for and 80 MPH and looks better.
I love that steering wheel. I have the same brand wheel on several of my boats, but with straight "spokes". I don't remember seeing that one as an option back when I purchased mine.
If the Sidewinder starts chine-walking (rocking side-to-side) you will need to slow down, because chine-walking doesn't 'go away' the faster you go - the deadlier it gets - in milliseconds.
Arguably there might be as much as a 14% loss in power at high altitude, but the direct injection OptiMax - like today's automobiles - compensate and adjust the air/fuel intake as needed to maintain performance at various altitudes.
It will be like your Corvettes in that excessive power is there, but respected.
Not to mention how much you would miss your boat launch encounters if you were in the local ICU, and subsequently 'walking north while looking east and carrying an armload of your own ribs'.
Good point from the "Dr.", the Sidewinder hull is rounded at the keel, and will chine walk at higher speeds. I had mine close to 50 as I recall and it was still pretty stable, but be really careful as you approach speeds of 60 or higher.
The hull is fairly forgiving, but you might be really careful about chopping throttle fast when getting a chine-walking incident, sometimes the change in prop loading has an adverse effect on the hull handling.
Another very effective way of backing off a chine-walk, would be to carefully chop throttle while simultaneously trimming-down the motor.
The down-trim will bring the nose down fast and wet more of the hull, stopping the chine-walk and slowing the boat down drastically.
BTW this hull is perfectly stable at speeds under 50. Just be sure if you take any fast turns at speed, to trim down a bit when going into the corners. Otherwise she'll really roll up on the side (they don't call 'em "Sidewinders" for nuthin'!).
My daughter was pretty young when I had my 'Winder in the 80's, and she still remembers riding in that boat and how it would roll up the side. She thought it was fun!!!
BTW tell your GF to "get a grip" (literally) on the hull or windshield sidebar and crank the rig up over 40mph.
A little update. I was going back and forth about the additional Bow Tank and after the last trip out I will be going ahead with that.
It seems the boat likes a little more weight than just the GF and I at less than 300 pounds (combined Weight). Took the boat out with a couple guys going maybe 225, 180 and my 140 or so and a completely different boat.
Rode a little smoother even in the chop, got up to 45 MPH and cruises just fine.
I am guessing with the hardware, Aluminum 13 gallon tanks and fuel that would add 125-130# way forward....See what that does.
Still no wet pic's yet so I don't have a clue as to how it looks in the water.
I did add Trailer Guide Ons and what a difference that makes for loading.
Great rig and progress! I added a similar tank in front a very fast outboard boat because I also loved to ski and used a ski tow as well. The leverage of a big guy like me 6' 4" and 230 pounds doing a deep water double binding slalom ski start with a paper light front end would put my 17' 9" bow into the sky...then when it came down, it caused a great acceleration of the ski rope like a sling shot. I would fill the new bow tank (which leveled the launch) and water ski all day using the back tank until it got down to 1/4...then switch to the front tank pulling smaller skiers and general boating in the afternoon to burn that bow tank down...by evening calm water, I could go out and lake race without the added bow weight. I had a switch on the dash to burn them as I desired as the day required. Worked great in my case.