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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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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........:)devil

GT :)hand (Not Gary Taylor:mad:)
 

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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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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..........:)sphss
 

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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.


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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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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Lakes, I never get tired of looking at your boat! :D
 

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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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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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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).
This makes me laugh to...:)sphss

Sals boat just fell apart...lol
 

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Haven't seen pics of that boat in years. Love it.
Lakes, I never get tired of looking at your boat! :D
Thank you, guys. :) Basically I bought and sold so many boats only to regret ever selling them....and so finally I decided I need a keeper and I spent a lot of time looking for a clean, well kept, un-abused hull for my long-term purchase, and this is the boat I decided on. It was garaged for decades and super clean. The owner gave me a thick folder filled with receipts that went well into the five-figures (you know how much it costs to rig these things from bare hull? Sheez...).

Not pipe-dreaming here but simply getting back to the speed question in general and chewing the fat: I believe that properly set up my full-stringered boat could manage 90 mph with a shoe & ride plate while running it's current little engine, possibly aproach 100 with a big Ford stroker...but I have had it chine on me once at 85 and so I admit I would be weary about running upper 90's without somebody very knowledgable in setting up these hulls working on my setup...I just don't know enough about setup.

In regards to old fiberglass cracking: there are stories like that with many, many brands and types of boats. I have head of this happening to a few but as SmartBung pointed out, they are usually engine-stringered hulls with bitg power or galss that is in poor condition.

LO

GT-Glenn, your boat looks really clean. If you want to try to attempt breaking 100 mph with it then I'll supply a BBF stroker for the attempt. :)bulb Is the hull and the rest of the setup behind the engine up to the task?
 

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Thank you, guys. :) Basically I bought and sold so many boats only to regret ever selling them....and so finally I decided I need a keeper and I spent a lot of time looking for a clean, well kept, un-abused hull for my long-term purchase, and this is the boat I decided on. It was garaged for decades and super clean. The owner gave me a thick folder filled with receipts that went well into the five-figures (you know how much it costs to rig these things from bare hull? Sheez...).

Not pipe-dreaming here but simply getting back to the speed question in general and chewing the fat: I believe that properly set up my full-stringered boat could manage 90 mph with a shoe & ride plate while running it's current little engine, possibly aproach 100 with a big Ford stroker...but I have had it chine on me once at 85 and so I admit I would be weary about running upper 90's without somebody very knowledgable in setting up these hulls working on my setup...I just don't know enough about setup.

In regards to old fiberglass cracking: there are stories like that with many, many brands and types of boats. I have head of this happening to a few but as SmartBung pointed out, they are usually engine-stringered hulls with bitg power or galss that is in poor condition.

LO

GT-Glenn, your boat looks really clean. If you want to try to attempt breaking 100 mph with it then I'll supply a BBF stroker for the attempt. :)bulb Is the hull and the rest of the setup behind the engine up to the task?
I would like to think so. It has a shoe, rideplate, "G" bowl that has been cleaned up (Extrude Honed), a full Berkeley droop, and right now an aluminum BC impeller, the reason for the impeller is the engine, it's a radical little small block Chevy, good heads, steel crank (GM), Cloyes gear drive, MSD, Holley 750DP, aluminum flywheel, there are a few things needed to get it lit, but it's close...My dad and I were shooting for 70 with the Mouse and it should be good for 375-390HP....I think it realistic, more of a "Let's try it" thing.

I appreciate the offer LO, the biggest problem we have is time, we are trying to "keep what we got" given the economy right now.

I will get together some more pics, its really clean, Lefty on the boards here actually painted it. Did a sweet job.

GT :)hand
 

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