I sure could use some advice on rigging this boat I made - It is an exact copy of a RC boat that was unbeatable - so It works well- but with outboard steering strut etc-- no time for that and unnecessary on this build - this boat im keeping and the only racing it will do is up and down the river - Can you guys help me figure out some hard dimensions-
its a 5/8 runner bottom for the most part- it is all carbon fiber and kevlar - 2x6 stringers transom to bow tapering all the way forward- boxed in with a nose bulkhead and the one in front of drivers feet-
boat is 15 ft 2 inches - and 16 ft exactly if you add the 10 inches of plates sticking out
Engine is 1500 hp blown injected alky- all cast iron so its heavy but mostly to retain heat was the reasoning
3 fuel tanks since its a riverboat - 8 gallon stainless steel tank up under the wing is main tank feeding the mechanical 110 pump- 2 side tanks are 15 gallons each stainless as well- going to run a standard holley mechanical pump off cam that pulls fuel from both tanks into center tank- center tank has 2 return lines at top of the tank - 1 on both ends of the tank that will let fuel go back to side tanks and keep 8 gallon tank full while boat is running - i have a weight concern all of a sudden- little boat with massive cast iron engine and 38 gallons of fuel-- will this be ok??
since there is no data on this short of a boat
Should i set the engine first ? and work on keeping the CG correct - where would the CG be best - usually of turn fin- but i dont have a location for that either ???
Do i work from the strut being placed first ?
I thought i knew what i was doing building this thing- but im about 30 days away from rigging this boat and i have no solid plan together
im just looking for some ideas gents - not wanting to nail anyone down on this - I just dont have the experience to know what will possibly work and what definitely will not - so any advice sure would be appreciated -my goal is to have minimal holes in the bottom when i finally get it dialed in - as you can see i spent tons of time with the graafix on this project - its all gelcoat too--not done in the mold - 1 color at a time - never again!!!