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Old 14 June 2012, 18:25   #11
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I've done some work on these, PVC tubes, glued on and etch primed and painted hulls/decks.
Look to be pretty well made and power to weight is quite something on the 4mtr, the owner of one I worked on was probably 20 stone and it plained with a 6hp four stroke!
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Old 14 June 2012, 19:53   #12
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Plane with a 6hp? Holy crap, are you sure you didn't mean 60?

Sorry, forgot to mention earlier, this one is Hypalon.

This one has a 50hp on it, do we need wings?

This doesn't sound like a family boat, it sounds like a hydroplane with an outboard.
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14' with a 50 should be fine. Nothing says you have to have the throttle pinned at all times.

For the motor, corrosion shouldn't be much of an issue. Stainless bolts, slathered with an anti-corrosion compound, then sealed up with marine caulk will be fine.

Do you have any pics of the deck from the top down? I notice the area where the anchor locker would be looks to be fiberglass. Odd that, if the deck is aluminum, the locker wouldn't be as well.

Any inspection hatches or wiring raceways (assuming either exist) should let you peek into the bilge and see what construction is like. I'd assume the hull was laid down, a network of stringers welded or riveted vertically, and the floor on top, again welded or riveted (welded is a lot stronger, but harder to take apart should the need arise.)

As far as needing hydrofoils, you'd need to run the boat to see if there's a need or not.

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Old 17 June 2012, 20:47   #14
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ok, by hydroplane I meant the boat is scary fast and would fly above the water.

I just found out the seller was an ex Navy Seal and this was his play boat.

Did a compression check before taking posession, 85-95!!!!

Walked away.

Found a 1996 Novurania yesterday. Looks like a 2004, pristine/immaculate! BUT, the glue is still 16 years old, not 8 years old. They want 2004 price.

How much life is left in the perfect 16 year old boat.
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