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  • Oddball boat build question

    http://www.zapcat-racing.com/

    For whatever reason I have always been in love with they type of boat in the link above. It's light easy to store, can handle high power for it's size, can get into skinny water and run in the ocean too.(not that I would). What I don't like is the material used might last a bit more then 10 years but then it's shot, plus you can always get a hole in her and patching them isn't comforting to me.

    So I'd like to have a replica aluminum hull built, I have no idea how difficult it would be to form the toons with the additional hull taper at the bottom to get her up and on top of the water. and I have no idea what I should expect to pay someone for doing a job like this. Anyone here have any idea on cost, challenge or viability this idea has?

    I also thought of just adding some angled tubes welded onto the bottom of an existing jon boat. Something that would get most of the hull up out of the water for additional speed. I know it won't get much more speed, but it's something I'd like to fiddle around with. I'd do it myself but I don't know how to weld let alone weld aluminum.
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    I know nothing about boat building, so I have nothing to add. But, I will subscribe to this because I love boat builds. Lol. Good luck!!
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    • #3
      Rubber duckies are fun. I would think you kill yourself with aluminum.
      Whatever you think it cost to build. Double it.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Parker Yacht View Post
        Rubber duckies are fun. I would think you kill yourself with aluminum.
        Whatever you think it cost to build. Double it.
        Problem is, I don't have a clue as to build cost .I'd prefer taking an existing boat and adding a pair of sponsons on to it., I could always add a jack plate to help with engine height.
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        • #5
          Build them out of EHT (Engineered Hybrid Thermoplastic) like DGS Monster Boats does. This guy takes hammers, sanders, and stuff to the boat shows to "demonstrate" durability. Took the hammer to about every part on the boat, hull, deck, cleats, lockers, you name it. Indestructible other than perhaps burning it. Would make a fine little cat, though probably not so light.
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          • #6
            Start with one of these.

            https://www.lakerpontoonboats.com/choose-boat-model

            Cut it in 1/2, narrow the 10' wide deck down & strip off the flooring. Weld a pan in underneath to give a bit of a cockpit, strap on a 90 Hp and let er rip.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by TomS View Post
              Build them out of EHT (Engineered Hybrid Thermoplastic) like DGS Monster Boats does. This guy takes hammers, sanders, and stuff to the boat shows to "demonstrate" durability. Took the hammer to about every part on the boat, hull, deck, cleats, lockers, you name it. Indestructible other than perhaps burning it. Would make a fine little cat, though probably not so light.
              After a minute of research I don't think I have the talent to work with the stuff, plus it looks like I'd need a mold.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by duckfish View Post
                Start with one of these.

                https://www.lakerpontoonboats.com/choose-boat-model

                Cut it in 1/2, narrow the 10' wide deck down & strip off the flooring. Weld a pan in underneath to give a bit of a cockpit, strap on a 90 Hp and let er rip.
                I sent them an e-mail so I can find out the shape of their toons, I'd buy the toons if the price was right and the shape was what I wanted. And I was thinking a 70 Stinger, but 90 will do.
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