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    Default thinking about getting a swtd how are they?

    Right now i'm looking at a southwind tunnel dragster to buy and i was wondering how they run handle etc. i'm looking for a triple digit boat and i really don't know to much about them and how to set them up any info would be great

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    They are heavy, don't turn for nothing, and need plenty of HP to run over a hundy.
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    WHere are you looking for one (State) and what made you come to the southwind decision? I have one and I love it but after driving a 19 TPR there is no comparison. There are many better handling and performing boats than the SWTD. They are fun boats and nice boats but daytona, So CAl performance tunnel, So cal tpr 19 would be way better choices for ride and handling. As far as bang for your buck and buying a complete boat for very little (comparitivly) money the SWTD is a great choice. Compared to a v hull, the ride is better and the speed is better. There are some handling charictoristics that you will get used to and if you plan on making sharp turns at speed, this is not the boat for you. Again, I love my SWTD and used to think that they were the best things on earth until experiencing a true tunnel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    They are heavy, don't turn for nothing, and need plenty of HP to run over a hundy.
    While I was typing my novel you write the cliffs notes version. Nice. I am working on your #s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    While I was typing my novel you write the cliffs notes version. Nice. I am working on your #s.
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    its in arizona and it has a 468 with twin turbo guy says it does over 100 but then again so does every boat i look at to buy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rorybsst View Post
    its in arizona and it has a 468 with twin turbo guy says it does over 100 but then again so does every boat i look at to buy

    Apply the BS Rule, take a ride in it with a GPS, every MPH under the "claimed MPH" take off a hundred bucks from the price tag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    They are heavy, don't turn for nothing, and need plenty of HP to run over a hundy.
    so basicly what your saying its like driving a barge

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    Quote Originally Posted by rorybsst View Post
    its in arizona and it has a 468 with twin turbo guy says it does over 100 but then again so does every boat i look at to buy
    There was a white one out of san diego that ran a turbo set up and was over 100.It is possible and the only way to know for sure is to have the owner take it to the lake and hand him your GPS. I would definately take it for a test drive prior to buying to see if it is what you want. At low speed, they pack air and let it out so the nose bobs up and down until you get on plane but not violently. at about 90-95 the nose does small circles unless the boat has entrapment added. Post up the ad or pix of the boat and we may be able to tell you about the boat.
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    cant upload pics on here im on here from my phone but its like silver maroon and has ( too bad ) written on the deck real big he said he's owned it for 18 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rorybsst View Post
    so basicly what your saying its like driving a barge

    Not really, just heavy for what it is, they were designed as Top Fuel Jet dragboats. Low speed manuverablity is fairly good, like MS said they are a little quirky, nothing dangerous, but un nerving the first few rides. BP298 has raced one actively for the past 10-15 years, He pretty much ownes the 10 second class.
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    Ask Futs and Smartass about them...I hear they don't care much for Southwinds (note sarcasm)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    There was a white one out of san diego that ran a turbo set up and was over 100.It is possible and the only way to know for sure is to have the owner take it to the lake and hand him your GPS. I would definately take it for a test drive prior to buying to see if it is what you want. At low speed, they pack air and let it out so the nose bobs up and down until you get on plane but not violently. at about 90-95 the nose does small circles unless the boat has entrapment added. Post up the ad or pix of the boat and we may be able to tell you about the boat.
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    I'm gonna say it...Even if I have to hear it from Futs again. I remember when I was a kid, I was standing next to JP at Lost Lake looking at a SWTD with a big Keith Black alcohol motor and I stated it looked pretty fast. He looked at me and said Southwinds are 95mph boats no matter what you put in them. To this day, I personally have never seen one go over that mph threshold, but I have heard stories (lots of them). Everyone half tracked that 95 mph boat that day and every day at Lost Lake.

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    Futs run into the 100 no problem. He did not make passes at Lost Lake, he cracked his intake.


    I think money comes to mind. A newer TPR or Daytona is gonna be well over 10k. I bet you can find a SWTD for much less then the TPR.

    The TPR is a better boat, so are newer cars compared to cars from the 70's and 80's.


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