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    Default ** So Fill me in Earl Smith 18' Tunnel**

    Just picked this one up. I've read up on it a bit...Seen that it like to toss people. Im out on that whole idea. Heres the set up it will have.

    18' Earl Smith Tunnel
    A impeller w/ shoe, ride plate, droop, hyd diverter
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    2 seats with a center tank (10 gallon)

    Honestly boat will be a cove boat with no competition racing. Just a weekend warrior. How safe am I?

    Same as Sunkist Tunnel and CP Tunnel??

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    Well i decided to call Jack over at MPD and it isnt looking good. He says in his opinion that these Earl Smith Tunnels are the ones more likley to hook outta the cp and similar tunnels. The new MPD sponsons will not fit the Earl Smith as the front is a little bit different. Guess i will need to double check all my hardware and make sure its perfect or looks like ill be getting wet. Uggghhhh Not sitting well with me.

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    post a pic of the back

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    kinda dark but heres a pic...




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    Default Earls 18 tunnel

    A 19 Eliminator was sold to Richard Monical in Beaumont Tx. the boat was then taken to Earls shop in El Paso Tx. there it was cut up and used to make the 18 tunnel. If you look carefully about 12 feet from the transom you can still see where he spliced the bottom and extended forward. Earl took the sides and rolled them in and was able to scab his 18 foot deck to the bottom . The problem was that in the plug the sponsons were not even and were off as much as 1 1/2 inches so when the boat came down the lower sponson would hit first and away she would go! The landing pads were virtually eliminated so the uncontrolled shut down could get very ugly.

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    I guess one thing i can say is that I was told Gary did the bottom and speed coated it. So if true it should have close to a perfect bottom on it.. Im just gonna put a straight six in it. Screw it! hahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbomb Turk View Post

    Those are Warhawks, totally different fish, great performing hulls.
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    keep ur cg in line best u can
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Those are Warhawks, totally different fish, great performing hulls.
    YES, that above boat is a friends of mine. Safe and fast. I have a mint one for sale also. Never wet, and lost power at over 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pro Mod View Post
    keep ur cg in line best u can
    x2 , i've spent a shit load of time working cg on my lil 16.5ft mantra with a cp type bottom, my landing pads are still there though, but still

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    Any pointers on checking it or just try to center everything and keep both sides equal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stallion176 View Post
    Any pointers on checking it or just try to center everything and keep both sides equal?
    basically as you build it just try to offset your own wait by putting that much weight into the passenger side. i even made my turbo set-up offset to put the turbo wait onto the passenger side to off set me. running dual small batteries on that side as well along with offsetting my fuel cell and anything else i can. i've got a set of longacre dirt track car scales i use to weigh hulls and once i'm ready to set the motor in and rig it, i'll be using the scales to put 170lbs more weight on the passenger side if at all possible. been easier to go center steer but that's no fun, cant fit a girl in da boat then

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    A 19 Eliminator was sold to Richard Monical in Beaumont Tx. the boat was then taken to Earls shop in El Paso Tx. there it was cut up and used to make the 18 tunnel. If you look carefully about 12 feet from the transom you can still see where he spliced the bottom and extended forward. Earl took the sides and rolled them in and was able to scab his 18 foot deck to the bottom . The problem was that in the plug the sponsons were not even and were off as much as 1 1/2 inches so when the boat came down the lower sponson would hit first and away she would go! The landing pads were virtually eliminated so the uncontrolled shut down could get very ugly.
    Great information Greg, thanks for posting.

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