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    Default 18' V-Drive Convert?

    Bought this boat a few days ago. Title says "unknown" manufacturer. 18 footer. Full stringer. Stringers are 1" in width. I'm being told that it looks to be a jet boat hull, converted to v-drive directly from manufacture. Does not have a place where it was cut out for a pump. But hasn't had cavitation plates either. Can't seem to find any info with the numbers I have or with the game and fish. I have a patent number but can't come up with anything. There aren't any other plates with numbers. Just hoping someone may know how to ID or have any info on this hull.
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    The step on the right side of the transom is right about where the hull ID number would be located.

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    What spicifically is that patent number off of? It almost looks like its off those plates on the transom? And what's mounted on the upper right hand side on the transom? I've never seen anything like that. That's where your HIN number would be if it has one, under that thing...whatever it is.
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    The number I gave is in that thing in the upper right. I've never seen anything like it either and it doesn't seem to have a purpose...

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    And that thing isn't mounted on the outside of transom. It is set it in. Not attached to anything. Just in thru the transom with those numbers etched in it. The guy I bought it from didn't know what it was either.

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    Hell now you have me more curious about that thing than the boat. Can you get some better pics of it?

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    Ok, I just ran the numbers on that thing and its a step for a truck.



    

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    That is exactly what it looks like. Wtf.

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    except it's mounted upside down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by old rigger View Post
    Ok, I just ran the numbers on that thing and its a step for a truck.



    
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    and its mounted up side down...........



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    Well, I'm so glad they knew what they were doing....

    I guess that explains the boats name painted on the back, "way too many"....

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    Guys have been taking jet bare hulls forever and building them as a v-drives, why...who knows, I wouldn't spend too much time trying to figure out the history of it. I'd enjoy the hell out of it although some adjustable plates might make a big difference. Even some Bennett trim tabs would be an improvement over the ones on there now. Those step/trim plates only do one thing, extend the running surface of the bottom (barely) or they add hook or rocker depending how they're set up.
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    Thanks for the input. It's all original from my understanding. It was sitting in the guys barn for the past ten years. Dull and dusty. She shines up real nice after some elbow grease and polish.

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