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  • pateson@colton.com
    Nov 1, 2001
      I didn't think anybody saw me.

      My first "Power boat" had a very similar underwater shape.

      4'x8' (wonder why) box with slightly curve up bow.
      No skeg, runners, nothin, on the bottom.
      Didn't have the little overhangs of the table top,
      but pretty much the same.

      Great, straight ahead. Fast!
      First, and only real outing was on a long, narrow lake.
      Like a bat, till it came time to turn.
      Motor turned, boat turned, but course remained the same.
      It did not "carve out a turn". It would not change course.
      I think it was one of those Newton's laws things.
      I had to slow down to get it to turn around and try it
      in the other direction. Same result. Back and forth
      with the motor, only provided different angles to view
      straight down the lake.
      That was the same boat that became a "Submersible" when,
      loaded with three 12 year old boys, and one decided to move
      up front a little for a better ride.
      Totally decked, so no harm. Just started to "Plane"
      toward the bottom, till I killed the motor.
      I think, luckily, the motor pretty much decided to
      stay dead, which is why I am able to write about it
      almost 40 years later.
      God works in mysterious ways, and that boat performed

      That "table" overhang does look interesting.

      Only one way to find out.

      I've got a table.

      Any body got a motor?


      --- In bolger@y..., thomas dalzell <proaconstrictor@y...> wrote:
      > If the table is 4.5 x 3 feet, and the top and skirts
      > amount to 6", then we are talking about a displacement
      > of 420#. Not bad, all he needs is the matching Bimini
      > top.
      > --- Chuck Leinweber <chuck@d...>
      > wrote:
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      > Is this the picture you guys are talking about?:<BR>
      > <a
      > <BR>
      > Chuck<BR>
      > <BR>
      > <BR>
      >   In a message dated 10/31/01 9:23:17 AM Central
      > Standard Time, <BR>
      >   jmbell@m... writes:<BR>
      > <BR>
      > <BR>
      >   > While that table was planing, I would have
      > liked to see what happened when<BR>
      >   > he threw the helm over hard. A long skid
      > followed by a spectacular high-side<BR>
      >   > trip?<BR>
      >   > <BR>
      >   > <BR>
      > <BR>
      >   A very interesting question! I'd never thought
      > about that. I wonder if the <BR>
      >   "rake" of the lower unit would have
      > an influence on whether it would just <BR>
      >   skid sideways until the inevitable bad outcome
      > occurred or if it would nicely <BR>
      >   carve out a turn? I'd be willing to bet that
      > they didn't try it out! (I would <BR>
      >   have been pretty cautious - up to a point, at
      > least) It would sure be neat to <BR>
      >   learn the details of how the stunt was done,
      > wouldn't it?<BR>
      > <BR>
      >   p.s. Is there any prospect that you could send
      > the photo to me via e-mail? <BR>
      >   I'd love to see how far my memory diverges from
      > reality.<BR>
      > <BR>
      >   Ciao for Niao<BR>
      >   Bill in MN<BR>
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