LPGC wrote:What's this Evinrude outboard? What's been heavily reworked? How much? Would be a bit over-powered for a 13ft boat I imagine!
Forgot all about this post, it's been ages since I remembered to log on - normally I just read, unless I need help!
It's now sold, but I bought the boat (and engine) for £600. EVERYTHING had been done to it, it was an old 130hp V4, apparently had been used for the "Round Ireland" races originally on a 15ft Fletcher. Transfer ports opened out, new imported reed kit, modified exhaust so it blew out through trumpets above the waterline - deafening.
It was then bought by a fella who put it on a 13ft Fletcher, terrified himself at about half throttle, and promptly sold it to another guy near the Solent, who was a boat builder. He scalloped the hull (for minimum contact with the water to get up on the plane faster), Doubled up the transom thickness, installed strengthening "knees" which support the transom, it looked totally bizarre.
Also put a "pad" on it - so at high speeds, the boat was essentially riding on a piece of hull the size of a piece of A3 paper, and nothing in the water except the leg and prop.
Then he got sensible and had to buy/build something else for the racing class he wanted to be in. So it went up on Ebay, and I bought it and brought it over here No other bids - it looked home-made, but was actually beautifully done.. All stripped out except for two racing seats - even the screen taken off and replaced with a little fibreglassed in deflector (you had to wear a helmet!).
It was so heavy at the rear you had to keep it on the trailer, start the engine, then get shoved off as hard as possible and give it some throttle or it would take in water over the back - and if you slowed down with no extra weight in the front, the bilge pump had to be on constantly until you got to a dock where you could hoist the rear up to keep it afloat.
I ran it for a while, on the same 13ft Fletcher, before getting told off by the warden on Loch Erne for disturbing the wildlife with the noise and wake.
Pulled in at the marina the day after I was warned, and a German sounding fella asked what speed it would do. I told him over 100 knots.
"Bullshit" he said, "If you can take me over 100 knots in that, I will buy it from you for £3000"
He was a fat fella, so I dumped out everything except the half-full fuel can, and met him the next day.
Took it easy at first up to about 65, and he was impressed "she handles nicely, very loud!"
I floored it (pedal throttle) and we wound up at 107 knots, me trying to control the chine walk (boat rocks from side to side, like the "speed wobbles" on a bike).
And as good as his word, once we got back to the marina (just - hardly any petrol left!) he said "Yes, we had an agreement - she is sold now, true?"
He vanished and came back with £3000 cash half an hour later, and that was that.
I heard him roaring up and down the lake about 3 times that weekend, then come Monday, they had moved on up the lake to a different marina - suspect the warden had been at him, as well.
And that is the story... the one hilarious bit was when he got into the boat for the trial ride, and looked round, then looked at me - "no seat belts?"
No, you don't want to flip a boat at 100mph and be stuck in your seat with no windscreen, wearing a helmet - your head would probably be ripped off! Eejit...