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Old 06 December 2010, 14:58   #21
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Scott, this one's rated for 65hp or twin 30hp with the aluminium floor. It takes a short shaft motor which was a special order, as you probably know long shaft is the norm.
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Old 06 December 2010, 15:20   #22
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I could tell it takes SS by the notched transom. The reason I asked about HP is because my Mk III (not Military HD) is rated for 60. I'm using 40 but want more. I'm inclined to get a 50 but since a 60 weighs the same might go for the max. Why did you go with 50, and not 60 or 65?
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Old 06 December 2010, 15:28   #23
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I could tell it takes SS by the notched transom. The reason I asked about HP is because my Mk III (not Military HD) is rated for 60. I'm using 40 but want more. I'm inclined to get a 50 but since a 60 weighs the same might go for the max. Why did you go with 50, and not 60 or 65?
I'd guess he had the boat built around the engine. We can't (easily) get proper 2 strokes over here any more and I guess Matt just couldn't pass on the opportunity
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Old 06 December 2010, 18:46   #24
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I could have gone for a 60, only 7kg (15lb) heavier, but Zodiac recommend 40 and I didn't want to take the hp right to the limit. I won't be skiing or carrying really heavy loads plus as Gotchi says, the 50 was available and at the right price. It's a no-frills manual tilt and start to keep the weight down (93kg) and no battery and other electrics floating round the bottom of the boat, wanted to keep the installation as simple as possible.
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Old 08 December 2010, 01:44   #25
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A very nice set up indeed. Am interested in seeing any future customizations of this boat.
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Old 08 December 2010, 02:31   #26
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I love these boats, used the its bigger brother in the Indian ocean and Africa a lot. Huge usable payload, very robust and can take an almighty pounding.
stability at rest is insane, offers non boaty pax a lot of security, tho the black tube are a pita on the equator,they get sooo ht.

hope you have a lot of fun with her.
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Old 18 December 2010, 07:20   #27
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I'm starting to get somewhere with the new trailer, I didn't make it easy for myself, DODO trailers are an absolute nightmare to design/build

After managing to dial out the flex in the 2 main arms, they're now trying to twist under load giving the wheels negative camber and I can't see an easy way round it.

I've used iroko for the bunks, as you can see in the pic the top is machined so they support the main tubes without squashing the speed tubes which also helps to locate the boat correctly on the trailer.

The other problem is weight distribution. With the boat the 'wrong' way round all the weight of the boat is at the heavy end of the trailer. If I moved the axles to give a sensible nose weight then they would be so far forward it would be over-sensitive to steering and be very difficult to manoeuvre.

I can see a mkII version in the future
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After managing to dial out the flex in the 2 main arms, they're now trying to twist under load giving the wheels negative camber and I can't see an easy way round it.
The RNLI DODO's use box section, that would help stop your twisting wouldn't it?
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Old 18 December 2010, 09:33   #29
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Someone posted an interesting idea on here a while back which allowed you to drive on forwards and then swap the draw bar round before launching so you could still drive off forwards too. Taking this idea could you have some sort of removable cross member which comes off for launch / recovery but prevents the beams from twisting under load when you're actually driving?
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What is the biggest outboard available that one could reasonably drive using a tiller?
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