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    Whats the point, aside from requiring one to buy a steering wheel extension? Just wondering. All the ones I have seen still have the drivers seat right next to the passenger seat...just seems like wasted space...

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    If the boat shuts down and you roll out of towards the bow a t deck keeps your legs from getting tangled up under the dash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDaze View Post
    If the boat shuts down and you roll out of towards the bow a t deck keeps your legs from getting tangled up under the dash.
    That makes sense! I always wondered about that myself.

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    AH, that makes sense. So instead, my heels will catch in the steering wheel and snap me off at the ankles instead the knees....

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    if you look straight down on a t deck flat you will notice that all the pedals are exposed and not under the deck.
    And yes, it was done due to broken legs when getting kicked out of the boat.

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    I could be wrong, but I think Wayne Mettler had alot to do with that design when he raced for Hondo. Any flatbottom guys have any better info? I always liked the t-decks and everybody I have ever spoke with that got tossed from a boat has told me the t-deck might have saved them.. I wonder why there aren't to many t-deck jets (other than Syndicate, Canyon, Cole.)??? I'm thinkin a g-wing t-deck might be kinda cool.....

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    Jet Boat T-Deck:



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    Nice boat Lakes, who was the manufacturer?

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    re the T deck Could be part of "urban legend but I was always told the "broken leg" issue started with the late Great Ray Casseli (007 /Panic mouse/Hondo fame) possibly related to a horiffic crash in the bay area The guy was/ legendary ! somewhere I got some sequence shots of the wreck , cant find them ?
    Heres some info Tom Hey Pat lets maybe make this a Tdeck thread ??

    http://www.narberthpa.com/Bale/bmp/dbc/gl_rcaselli.htm

    heres a brand new Hondo back in the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Dad View Post
    Nice boat Lakes, who was the manufacturer?
    Thanks, it's a Southwind 18-ft Formula I T-Deck. Same bottom as the 18-ft flat deck. Shoemaker once told me he believed that for about every 10 standard deck S/W 18-footers, they made perhaps 1 T-Deck. Futs might be able to offer up some info.

    A few other jet boat manufacturers offered T-Decks, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Hey Pat lets maybe make this a Tdeck thread ??
    HeHe...after seeing the picture of lake's boat, it will make mine look like a salvaged skiff. I'll post some good pics after I splash some paint on it.

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    Hondo made an 18' Pantera with a T-Deck. We used to race one called Mellow Yellow before we switched over to the Condor Sprint. Quick little boat if you cold hold on to your kindneys tight enough to drive it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneHTP View Post
    Hondo made an 18' Pantera with a T-Deck. We used to race one called Mellow Yellow before we switched over to the Condor Sprint. Quick little boat if you cold hold on to your kindneys tight enough to drive it.
    Love those little boats ,just restoed one a couple years back ....

    Buddys got this one (flat ,the boat i mean )

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Love those little boats ,just restoed one a couple years back ....

    Buddys got this one (flat ,the boat i mean )
    I like the blue one...Hmm...wonder what would be cheaper...a chest like that for the girl or a paint job like that for the boat?

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