Love the pics and the details. I really want to build one of these in the near future so I’m taking lots of notes.
How does the hull track with such a smooth bottom? I’d think a small chime of some sort improve steering although I guess the point is to be able to slide up and over almost anything.
Everyone says the 61x has more than enough power but I’m still thinking a small 4 stroke would be ideal based on improved mileage and sound levels. Comments about sound level anytime the engine is running and only a 25 mile range with an 11 gallon tank have me thinking a four stroke would be more than worth the added investment. Would it be too much power in such a small hull though?
It is a very loose feeling as far as handling goes, the back end sort of drifts around corners. Which is actually not a bad thing depending how the river is, because you can keep the pump intake over the deepest part of the river easily. I have ordered a different style of trim nozzle that is supposed to help a lot with more thrust in corners from Minijet Inc here in Canada. I post some pics once installed. The easier it is to slide over obstacles the better for sure.
Definitely more than enough power in the 61x engine. It feels really fast on a shallow/narrow river already. If you watch any videos of the 4 stroke engines in these, they have all been trying to deaden the sound with Kilmat or similar. They also all seem to wear some kind of headset/hearing protection, these aluminum hulls resonate sounds like crazy. I installed a ton of Kilmat and closed cell foam to absorb sound. It helped, but it's still quite loud. That soundbar for tunes is coming out. I found a comms setup from SENA that you can play tunes and chat with the passenger at the same time. I also installed a 21 gallon tank which nets me about a 65mile range. I've never burned an entire tank yet in a full day of running around. Also, I would not even consider a boat hull without the taller windshield too. We get soaked even with the big window.
If you are looking to build up a boat and you live in the US. You should definitely be looking to buy soon, the exchange rate gets you a big discount right now. I just got back home from Vegas and $500USD cost me $750CAD. Ridiculous considering it's been at par before.