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    Good thread.. Like hearing everybody's opinion in the subject matter.


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    Been down so.cal. did you get to run the boat.

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    Well? How did it go? We are anxiously awaiting your report...

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    Still waiting. I like to travel and don't mind taking pictures of this lake. I did my part. I know the weather was up & down. If you did run how about some pictures.

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    Default A little experience in one of these to feel it out is smart...

    Bought a 19' Challenger flat many moons ago. Stuffed a 482 with about 700 HP in it. We were ready to bomb the water with it when an old time flatty racer asked if we had ever driven a flat with big power. Ah, no. After stopping by his place to see his pics and trophys we decided maybe he better peddle it the first time or two. I rode along the first run and he ran it about 5,000 without stomping into it. He said it felt pretty good but thought we ought to adjust the cavs a little. So we did and on return to the water it was much different. He stabbed it the third time really hard and almost immediately let off it. I asked what was wrong. He said, "I'm not sure but there was a funny feel in the steering wheel. So we limped it back to the trailer and hauled it out. After about thirty minutes of examining everything we could we found the bell crank on the steering post was broken on one side and the other two sides were cracked. Novice flat guys we never even thought to check that. Damn lucky he was experienced and the feel came to him. Me and my buddy would have just legged it probably to a really hard turn at speed. So all I'm saying is the correct decision was the one you made. Put experience behind the wheel because there's more to these critters than just driving.


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    Default Pale Rider's test session

    Jim called about a week ago and they did go test. He was super stoked as was his son with the boat, the help they got, and in general everything. Their "hired gun" checked the boat for any safety issues, made a shake down pass and then turned it over to Thomas, who made a picture perfect pass and continued to do so for the rest of the day! I do hope to see them at the races

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    I apologize for not getting back sooner with the story on our test run. We've been real busy working on our race car after the past couple of weekends of racing it.

    As for our test run with our boat it went extremely well. The gentleman who came up from down south met us at the lake and checked out the entire boat. He then suited up in his race gear and took the boat out. He made about 4 launches but never stood in it. He came back to the dock and told us it had very good power, but he didn't like the plate set-up. He said it took a peculiar hop-up before he was going to let off the down peddle which he wasn't accustom to and felt uncomfortable keeping his foot in the throttle and letting off the down peddle entirely. He believed the plates should put back to neutral and start working from there. He did say it was good enough to take my son out and at least show him how to launch it.

    They went out together and made about 4 or 5 launches in the same manner as he did before. When they came back in, he told my son that now after he has observed on how he did a launch and that if my son was comfortable enough to try it himself, he should go out out and get the feel for the peddle at launching it.

    My son got in the drivers seat, took off to the middle of the lake and stopped. He was out there just sitting and I began to wonder if something was wrong when all of a sudden he mashed the throttle down and the boat lurched up and then rolled back down and then took that hop up and then it took an excellent set and he made a picture perfect pass. The gentlemen who came to help looked at me with a grin and said, "what is this, April fools day?, looks as if he's been doing this for a long time". I told him that's just the way he is. My son did the same thing the first time he got in a capsuled OB circle tunnel boat. The guy who was there to teach him about running that particular class of tunnel boat reacted the same way as he did.

    After my son made about 6 more passes like the one he just made he then came back to the dock. Our friend (the gentleman who came to help us), told my son he was ready for the Ming race in April (this weekend). My son was very pleased with what he told him and thanked him for all his help. My son went back out for a few more passes and I had to wave him in as I was afraid he may run out of fuel.

    Later, I questioned my son at what possessed him to keep his foot in the throttle after the first initial launch. He told me he listened very carefully to what the original owner (Kurtisflat) had told him when we had seen him at CFW this past Jan.1st about how the boat reacts at the launch. He said Dave (Kurtisflat) had told him when the boat makes that hop-up, that's when you lift-up easy off the down peddle and she will take a set. And that my friends, is exactly what my son did!

    Anyway, the passenger seat is out now but I still have to buy the ballistic shorts and the neck restraint before we go to a drag race with our boat. This is the reason for us not being at Ming this weekend. Besides that, my son is in the hunt for high points with the race car, but he does tell me that no matter where he is in the points, he will definitely be making the May race at Ming and subsequently the Sept., Oct., and the Nov. races at Ming.

    Thanks again to all who contributed advice and interest in our endeavors with this boat of ours! See ya at the races!!!!!

    ps, to the gentleman who helped us test our boat; I did not mention your name as I thought it "may" not be proper to do so on this open forum, but thanks a million for your time and help!
    Last edited by Pale Rider; 04-22-2016 at 07:00 PM.

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