If you are worried about the throttle pedal having room why not do what Wayne (K50) did in Long Beach and just reach around behind you with your right hand and run the gas with your hand He hauled ass that way. Might be a little uncomfortable but it works.
Not to sure that I'm good enough to drive er like that yet. Haha
No... the reason I was thinkn t deck, was thinkn if I get pitched I would like to come out of it clean, and not get a leg caught between the v drive and dash.
I would hate to see a long deck Biesemeyer have its deck cut up for any reason. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of having a long decker. They're relatively rare and as such are a collector's piece (as much as any of these can be considered collector's items).
It kind of gives me the willies to think about ruining it, like putting a L88 hood on a 50's Corvette, it's just plain wrong (IMHO).
Just go with the long steering column and you should be fine. Yeah, you'll be closer to the heater, but hey, it's a Long Decker.
Don't worry about the pic as I was just having a little fun. I am very impressed with the work you are doing as I know it takes real dedication. As far as making it a T-Deck, that is something you are going to have to decide yourself. Our family has a race deck Biese with a small block and even with the seat almost touching the engine my feet are under the dash and I don't like it. (Granted I am a little taller than some). I plan on doing exactly what you are doing with our old family Hallett flat and I plan on making it a T-deck. After getting spit out of a boat that was a T-deck I will never build another boat for me or my family that is not a T-deck. Being that your hull is unique being a long deck you will have to decide weather you are more concerned with the "IF" than scaring a piece of boating and racing beauty. What ever you decide make sure it is right for you. Other than that, keep up the good work.
I have no idea how good/true the bottom of this hull is...... IE: do I build the trailer bunks to fit the hull as it is
now? or later......
Myself I'd check/fix the bottom first, if you do the bunks now and if you have a sag in the bottom now after you fix it you'll have a space between the bunks and the bottom and if you leave the motor in all the time you'll eventually have another sag in the bottom, you should also have a crossmember on the trailer where the engine sits... But that's just me....
Stu has been doin a hell of a job. The floors are almost done, still has to black out the center of the keel and the gunnels. The deck is getting the rudder access cut out done, I decided on not cutting out dash for a cut away ( t-deck).
But I do have another question for everyone. Since this hull was never rigged and has no holes but for the water drains. I thought a bout making a mold of it after the bottom has been blue printed. I've talked with Rankin about doin the bottom . Would like to hear your thoughts and interests. It's a lot of money tool a mold, so if no one has any interest but me, I'm not goin to do it, I'm not doin it for money, but to keep the long decks alive.