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    Hi everyone...this is my first post to this forum. Im Mike. I just recently purchased a 75' Eliminator Bubbledeck as a project to spend my free time on and I just had a few questions.

    1) This boat came with a Drake pump.....after a lot of consideration I have decided to replace it and picked up a rebuilt Berkeley JG pump. Since I will be replacing the intake I was considering doing a set back (clean out outside the hull) ride plate, and shoe. Is this a good idea?
    (I am a machinist so I would most likely modify the intake myself and purchase a shoe)

    2) This hull has a set of fins in the center of the hull like a v drive...they are rusted really bad and I can make a new set but are they needed?

    Thanks In Advance Greg!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWIFTMIKE View Post
    Hi everyone...this is my first post to this forum. Im Mike. I just recently purchased a 75' Eliminator Bubbledeck as a project to spend my free time on and I just had a few questions.

    1) This boat came with a Drake pump.....after a lot of consideration I have decided to replace it and picked up a rebuilt Berkeley JG pump. Since I will be replacing the intake I was considering doing a set back (clean out outside the hull) ride plate, and shoe. Is this a good idea?
    (I am a machinist so I would most likely modify the intake myself and purchase a shoe)

    2) This hull has a set of fins in the center of the hull like a v drive...they are rusted really bad and I can make a new set but are they needed?

    Thanks In Advance Greg!

    Mike
    Mike it sounds like you purchased one of John Drakes boats built by Eliminator. John was a good friend of Bob Leach who is the owner of Eliminator. For lake use the keel fins are not necessary unless you want to turn on a dime. Is there any indications this could have been an old race boat. Circles or the Parker 9 hr were a couple race's John and Bob would run. Is this boat a radiused keel 18 or a delta bottom. As far as a set back I would only set this intake 1 inch from the transom on the inside , if you set the intake so the hand hole cover is outside of the hull you will experience handling problems. I f you have any questions feel free to call me at the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    Mike it sounds like you purchased one of John Drakes boats built by Eliminator. John was a good friend of Bob Leach who is the owner of Eliminator. For lake use the keel fins are not necessary unless you want to turn on a dime. Is there any indications this could have been an old race boat. Circles or the Parker 9 hr were a couple race's John and Bob would run. Is this boat a radiused keel 18 or a delta bottom. As far as a set back I would only set this intake 1 inch from the transom on the inside , if you set the intake so the hand hole cover is outside of the hull you will experience handling problems. I f you have any questions feel free to call me at the shop.


    Greg,

    I can't be sure if this was a race boat or not. I dont really have much info on it. I do know that it is a radiused keel 18. I mostly go to the river so do you suggest I go ahead and keep the fins? I appreciate the advice on the set back and I will be sure to set the intake 1" from the transom. I was affraid that the set back would cause a handling issue. Lucky I asked you before doing it! What would be your advice as far as a shoe and rideplate for this hull? Thanks again for the help and advice!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWIFTMIKE View Post
    Greg,

    I can't be sure if this was a race boat or not. I dont really have much info on it. I do know that it is a radiused keel 18. I mostly go to the river so do you suggest I go ahead and keep the fins? I appreciate the advice on the set back and I will be sure to set the intake 1" from the transom. I was affraid that the set back would cause a handling issue. Lucky I asked you before doing it! What would be your advice as far as a shoe and rideplate for this hull? Thanks again for the help and advice!

    Mike
    We really have to determine what bottom is on this boat because the setup will be different between the two. Also just a little bit of info on John Drake he is the Drake in Drake and Offenhauser of Indy Fame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    We really have to determine what bottom is on this boat because the setup will be different between the two. Also just a little bit of info on John Drake he is the Drake in Drake and Offenhauser of Indy Fame.
    Greg,

    The hull is definitely a rounded/radiused keel. I went and looked up pictures of the two and compared them.
    That is really interesting about John Drake...I didn't know that. I will have to look up some info on his involvement in INDY.
    I have really developed a love for open wheel racing as I worked for Swift Engineering building open wheel monocoque race cars. I worked on
    the Japanese Formula Nippon cars, Champ Cars, Atlantic Cars, as well as many other prototypes. I also had the the opportunity to meet Bobby Rahal, the Unser family, and Jimmy Vasser.
    Like the saying goes: RACING! Because football, baseball, bowling, and golf only require one ball! LOL

    Anyways....I'm new to all this boat stuff so the help is greatly appreciated...I'm sure you are a busy guy!

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWIFTMIKE View Post
    Greg,

    The hull is definitely a rounded/radiused keel. I went and looked up pictures of the two and compared them.
    That is really interesting about John Drake...I didn't know that. I will have to look up some info on his involvement in INDY.
    I have really developed a love for open wheel racing as I worked for Swift Engineering building open wheel monocoque race cars. I worked on
    the Japanese Formula Nippon cars, Champ Cars, Atlantic Cars, as well as many other prototypes. I also had the the opportunity to meet Bobby Rahal, the Unser family, and Jimmy Vasser.
    Like the saying goes: RACING! Because football, baseball, bowling, and golf only require one ball! LOL

    Anyways....I'm new to all this boat stuff so the help is greatly appreciated...I'm sure you are a busy guy!

    Mike
    Call me anytime and we can discuss setup 951 272 6060

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