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    im not looking to race just trying to be one of the elite aluminum boat guys but trying to be one of the first in mohave county, az on the colorado river

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78CoLeBBF View Post
    im not looking to race just trying to be one of the elite aluminum boat guys but trying to be one of the first in mohave county, az on the colorado river
    Mentioning the race setup was merely to clarify that speeds quoted are with a fair bit of fuel and 2 people aboard and race gear etc Ironically a pleasure boat can likely be made as light if not perhaps lighter than a raceboat(no cage etc)

    VAMI needs to pipe up here and give his unbiased thoughts on his tunnel from the persepctive of a former glass boat guy.

    We need to get a few of you guys into one of these to start the trend, I think increased cost aside you cannot argue with the weight/strength/performance you get with one of these hulls. The odd rock bashing gravel bar rashing is sorta fun too hehe


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    I would never ever go back to glass.Everything feels so much better,your knees are not sticking above the dash.You can take rougher water.This boat can really last you for the rest of your life,mine sure will.Mine is pretty bare 2 seats, no floor,engine is a 540 makes about 800 and gps at 105 with 2 people.If you can swing it get one.

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    if you dont mind pm me with some info on yours like pump specs boat and trailer cost what work you did your self how much they rigged how much you rigged im really wanting one now that i got a bunch of hp in a 30 yr old v bottom jet i see those vidoes of those boats running flawlessly in less than perfect water at speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78CoLeBBF View Post
    if you dont mind pm me with some info on yours like pump specs boat and trailer cost what work you did your self how much they rigged how much you rigged im really wanting one now that i got a bunch of hp in a 30 yr old v bottom jet i see those vidoes of those boats running flawlessly in less than perfect water at speed
    you mean like this?

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    I am not seing the increased cost aspect. New vs. New, with intake set, you are equal if not lower than a glass boat.

    I would be interested in an open bow tunnel hull. What do you think? I have my cruiser and next to Money $ucker, It is a super turd and almost no fun to drive so my Fiancee gets a lot of training in boat driving. Our kid loves it though and to be able to rape and pillage all the parts from it and go into a nice new Aluminum boat that will weigh 1/3 what the glass open bow does would be great. Even a light weight hulll would still be stronger than the glass hull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    I am not seing the increased cost aspect. New vs. New, with intake set, you are equal if not lower than a glass boat.

    I would be interested in an open bow tunnel hull. What do you think? I have my cruiser and next to Money $ucker, It is a super turd and almost no fun to drive so my Fiancee gets a lot of training in boat driving. Our kid loves it though and to be able to rape and pillage all the parts from it and go into a nice new Aluminum boat that will weigh 1/3 what the glass open bow does would be great. Even a light weight hulll would still be stronger than the glass hull.

    While I certainly think we build a great hull for the money Im sure you can get a glass hull cheaper.

    Perhaps I should clarify when I say bare hull i mean not a scrap of hardware and no paint lol

    this is what you get for $13500.....(the two tunnels in stock are regular weight boats, intakes are included altho not yet installed in these particular hulls)
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    Those boats are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A go anywhere!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    I am not seing the increased cost aspect. New vs. New, with intake set, you are equal if not lower than a glass boat.

    I would be interested in an open bow tunnel hull. What do you think? I have my cruiser and next to Money $ucker, It is a super turd and almost no fun to drive so my Fiancee gets a lot of training in boat driving. Our kid loves it though and to be able to rape and pillage all the parts from it and go into a nice new Aluminum boat that will weigh 1/3 what the glass open bow does would be great. Even a light weight hulll would still be stronger than the glass hull.
    p.s. I missed one question. We get asked alot about an open bow tunnel and while I am sure it could be done I doubt it would be a very good boat. I think alot of what makes these hulls work so well is the ultra light bow and adding in a bunch of extra material and upholstery etc up there would likely negate half the advantage to the 21 IMO
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    Dont forget the bow hook is included too.I thought gator did a open bow from a tunnel???Thats what mine looked like when I got it,and thought what have I gotten in to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMI View Post
    Dont forget the bow hook is included too.I thought gator did a open bow from a tunnel???Thats what mine looked like when I got it,and thought what have I gotten in to.
    Right right the bow eye IS included, so safe to say its a very basic rig kit lol


    I think the Gator hull you are refering to is actually a 21 Sport but the Gator hulls use a radius cowling and look very much like a tunnel. They alos have the steering wheel on the wrong side haha
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    EWWW that looks strange.The boat is to skinny for a open bow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMI View Post
    EWWW that looks strange.The boat is to skinny for a open bow.
    Wait till you see the open bow sport we're about to build Vami, its going to be one wild ride!

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