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    Default 18' Southwind - School me please!

    I found a nice 1978 18' (std deck) Southwind Jet but do not know anything about them. After numerous searches, it seems that Southwind has a great name, but also found that they come with only 1/4 stringers. How horrible is this hull compared to everything else with full length stringers? All of the two other boats I have had had full length stringers.

    School me please. Thanks!

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    We have a full stringer Southwind......






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    Put a 300 on the back of it, Flywheel it and a nosecone. $15,000 later you'll have a 65 mph pile of shit......

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT Jets View Post
    We have a full stringer Southwind......
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    Is that factory? Was it an option?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyFiveO View Post
    Is that factory? Was it an option?

    Thanks!

    It is my understanding you could get these in many forms, this particular boat is built like a Sherman tank.

    And as luck would have it, for sale........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickjet View Post
    Put a 300 on the back of it, Flywheel it and a nosecone. $15,000 later you'll have a 65 mph pile of shit......

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT Jets View Post
    And as luck would have it, for sale........
    Details please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyFiveO View Post
    Is that factory? Was it an option?

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    my grandfather would make them almost anyway you wanted them .. there are alot out there with full stringers..

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    I know there are a lot of people out there that love Southwinds, but I know a few boat builders and well respected guys that have big name shops that have told me Southwinds are 90 mph boats. In fact, they have straight up told me that with a blown alcohol kieth black, no matter what they run 90 mph. From my experience when we used to race, I never saw much more than that and we half tracked that kieth black boat. If you want a great boat that will last you a lifetime, get a CP, Elimiantor or Crusader.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMorton View Post
    I know there are a lot of people out there that love Southwinds, but I know a few boat builders and well respected guys that have big name shops that have told me Southwinds are 90 mph boats. In fact, they have straight up told me that with a blown alcohol kieth black, no matter what they run 90 mph. From my experience when we used to race, I never saw much more than that. If you want a great boat that will last you a lifetime, get a CP, Elimiantor or Crusader.
    Thats funniest thing ive heard all day!!!! shit, my cruiser went 82 and my southwind runs a hundy no problem and i dont have a blown motor in it. Maybe you should not beleive everything people tell you.

    Thanks for the laugh..........

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    hey im new to the site but im loving all the southwind action...lol i bought my first boat 2 weeks ago, a 75' southwind 18ft, 460 w a mild cam and some basset twisties, boats original and imaculate. i love it!! ive heard ALOT of great things about SW's and have no complaints...runs 76 on gps with just me in it on half a tank!

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    Although not common, my 18-Ft Southwind was laid up with full-length Tunnel Dragster stringers. It has a little of' 466 Ford and manages 85+ mph gps without shoe or ride plate. I think that 90+ is easily possible.




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    Haven't seen pics of that boat in years. Love it. Plenty of Southwinds around here that haul the mail.


    Quote Originally Posted by LakesOnly View Post
    Although not common, my 18-Ft Southwind was laid up with full-length Tunnel Dragster stringers. It has a little of' 466 Ford and manages 85+ mph gps without shoe or ride plate. I think that 90+ is easily possible.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LakesOnly View Post
    Although not common, my 18-Ft Southwind was laid up with full-length Tunnel Dragster stringers. It has a little of' 466 Ford and manages 85+ mph gps without shoe or ride plate. I think that 90+ is easily possible.




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    I have seen more than one Southwind V bottom with a crack in the bottom of the hull (outside of the stringer very near the third strake and at about the same distance from the transom as the engine) and I believe a Southwind V bottom last year actually fell apart due to that exact same known weakness in the Southwind V bottom hull.

    I seriously doubt WMorton was referring to modified V tunnel hulls Futs (SWTD).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod56cars View Post
    I have seen more than one Southwind V bottom with a crack in the bottom of the hull (outside of the stringer very near the third strake and at about the same distance from the transom as the engine) and I believe a Southwind V bottom last year actually fell apart due to that exact same known weakness in the Southwind V bottom hull.

    I seriously doubt WMorton was referring to modified V tunnel hulls Futs (SWTD).
    yes it is true that some do crack because of the power they are running in a quarter stringer boat but there were allot of the 18's that had full stingers that ran well over the 90 mark he was referring too. but it was a generalized statement that was made about all southwinds as I read it. most of the 99% of the southwinds I have ever seen raced were the tunnels, not saying the 18's were not but mostly in the endurance roundy round races. also IMO most of the strake cracks were from motor torque on the quarter stringer boats that were designed for the stock 300 to 350 HP range if you want to put in more than that then i recommend doing some bottom reinforcements on the engine compartment..

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