I recently acquired this '82 Sprint and was told you might have a some knowledge to share about it.
Its a super thin and light layup (way lighter/thinner than my Liberty) and has a delta (flat) keel on it. The pump is set back 3 1/2 inches where the clean-out for the pump is about 1/2 in the boat, 1/2 out.
The few people I have talked about it suggest I should look into converting it to a rounded keel. In your experience, what would be the advantage of converting it to a rounded keel? How would you suggest going about the conversion process?
The intake is cut for a ride plate, but not a shoe which I thought was odd. Is this normal setup for a delta bottom? Should I set the pump back further? or leave it where it is?
Basically I am looking for a good starting point for a setup on this boat. If major work is needed, I'd rather get it out of the way now while its still a bare hull.
Lastly, Since you had worked for Eliminator, would you happen to know anything about this hull? Was it a custom order to come with the thin stringers and light layup?
Your is the only other sprint I have seen with the thin stringers and I am assuming a setback when it was originally rigged besides my Howler boat . My other sprint Jus Fun'n has the thick stringers and standard pump location. Hope Greg has some info for you.
I had a sprint just like that with thin stringers and it had been converted to a rounded keel. The boat ran well. Ran 80mph with 454HO motor with 425hp all steel motor from GM. Pump from MPD. Really good boat. Driptruck here on the boards owns it now.
I had a 76 Eliminator Bubbledeck with a Delta pad.The first one made.The delta pad was added for a good reason.It took a set real quick and did not roll around on the rounded keel like most V-bottoms did back then.