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    Default Your experience with 21/22 Schiada V Drives

    Hello Mr Wilkes,

    Im not sure if you remember me or not, I bought Bob's 01 HTM that you guys redid with the procharger motor.

    A Friend and myself are looking at some V-drive Schiada's and maybe Hallets. I dont think there are any V-drive Schiada's here in the midwest and we are VERY interested in doing something with these.

    "I" really want to know one thing, how hard do these things pull ? lol

    How are these boats cornering at high speeds, how about the ride quality ?

    I know they race these boats in the Ocean, but when you are racing, the last thing you are worried about is comfort.

    V-drives are new to us over here, I'm ready to try something new.

    Any chance you know of anyone with a nice 1000+ hp boat ? I think I really need to ride in one to see if its the direction I want to go.

    Thanks for your help Jim.

    Mike Balich

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    Any other v-drive guys care to comment? I would love to learn more about the famed River Cruiser type of rides with TT BBC power! How much power is required to run an honest 100, 105, 110 ETC? Any major negatives or major headaches associated with a v-driven 3500 LB hull with big power? I currently have a 23' WPM with decent power and there is a constant thought of Bravo breakage. I know motors pretty well, but what about the drivetrain on a v-drive with enough power to get one of the River Cruisers to the century mark? Please also comment on the performance in terms of acceleration and handling. We boat on a small lake so acceleration is more realistic than the top end potential our cats can run.

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    Throw these questions up in the v-drive forum. Lots of guys here are familiar with the ins/outs of v-drive Schiada's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mondorally View Post
    Throw these questions up in the v-drive forum. Lots of guys here are familiar with the ins/outs of v-drive Schiada's.
    Im curious about what Mr. Wilkes has to say first. Then I'll make a post there.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by HTMike View Post
    Im curious about what Mr. Wilkes has to say first. Then I'll make a post there.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    Got it. Lee at Schiada would know if there are any v-drives lurking in the Midwest. I know he just shipped a bitchin' new wood deck 21' back East. Maybe you can arrange a ride??

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    Thanks for the info. Wette Vette has talked to Lee on numerous occasions, we will have to look into that.

    Mike

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    Default 21 Schiadas/ Halletts

    Have been in ski racing for the past 10 or so years both these boat work real well handle nice corner great depending who rigged them u can bet that you put a 1000 hp in one or the other you will have a 100 mph set up.You can check out nwsra . net for boats for sale or contact Lee or prime marine the come across nice used set ups all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FASTJTBT View Post
    Have been in ski racing for the past 10 or so years both these boat work real well handle nice corner great depending who rigged them u can bet that you put a 1000 hp in one or the other you will have a 100 mph set up.You can check out nwsra . net for boats for sale or contact Lee or prime marine the come across nice used set ups all the time.
    Thank you for the response. I will definitely check out nwsra and prime marine.

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    I've owned my 21' Schiada V drive Cruiser longer than I've had kids! I love it and to answer your question about the ride etc. Let me say that one of the funnest parts of boating is putting someone new into the front seat and going for a ride in what appears to be rough
    water. Then you get out there to discover that it is actually "very" rough water. Put the
    plate down, mash the throttle and use your HP to control the boat! I've often said that Schiadas are not neceessarily "fast" boats but they're boats that can be made to go fast
    and to do so very well. The look on the "first timers" face as we dance across the water
    at speeds that you won't believe is unforgettable. The feeling you get going through the real beat up water needs to be experienced to be believed and the look of awe you get
    as you idle in the channel when people realize that you have a Schiada.

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    Wilkes probably forgot the password to his computer, again.
    Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by H2oSki2Fast View Post
    Wilkes probably forgot the password to his computer, again.
    Naw - he has the unfortuate job of test driving boats with beautiful models .. ohh and that testing thing
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    Thanks Boys

    Mike I will tell you what I know about the Schaida and give you some information on some of the ones I have worked on and driven.

    First. Almost all the Schiada's I have driven and built have been outstanding, well built, heavy boats. Most of the boats were built in the early to late 80"s.
    Only one Schiada that I worked on had BAD fiberglass crackes all over the sides and bottom of the hull.

    Schiada's have a great ride as long as you keep the keel in the water. If you lift the bow out of the water to increase speed, that secure ride starts to take on a different personality.


    Because the Schiada likes to ride somewhat flat it takes a great deal of HORSEPOWER to push the boat forward.

    I hear storys of 21 Schiada's running 115 to 120 MPH but I have never seen one do it. I believe Hanks Red #17 may be the fastest Schiada I have seen run.

    Not only does it go fast but he can drive the hell out of it. Hanks boat is powered by a big Turbo engine.

    In my opinion Turbo Power is the best way to go. Everything being equal Turbo Engines make more usable power.

    As I mentioned before the Schiada is a great ski race boat and an outstading river crusier, but it takes a ton of HP to make the run fast.

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    I was always told a schiada won't go over 100 mph without porposing like a dolphin. haha


    It's not that i don't care, I just dont give a sh!t!

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    Jim, I think you meant "Gary's" #17 21RC. And yes it's FAST and handles very well!

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