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#1 Jack in Norfolk

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Posted 20 May 2005 - 02:48 AM

I saw an article in Wooden Boat magazine with plans for an inboard EA81 powered motor boat. I was wondering if anyone has ever built one.

#2 Mudboat

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 08:28 AM

There's plenty of soobs in boats. I have one rigged for hunting...

There is even a company in Houma La. that takes EA81 and EA82 engines, completely overhaul them and will add upgrades to make them USCG compliant marine engines, but you're looking at about $6,000 for one.

Here are some hunting boats with soobs... Putting one in a regular power boat is really not much different.. Of course the engine would be best to have a USCG approved equipment if it will be used in an enclosed engine compartment as well as a forced ventilation system to evacuate gas fumes..

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 09:50 PM

Our boat has more power than my Subaru :rolleyes:

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 10:16 PM

My mechanic has an EA81 powered airboat. It's the cat's meow.

#5 Matty B

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Posted 23 May 2005 - 10:47 PM

I have a 13 foot jet boat under construction
AluminIum hull with full Skid plate ,
Hybrid ea81 with twin SU's sucking through a TD04 @ 8 pounds of boost,
MOO HA HA HA
single stage hamilton jet,
Brumby dash & shifter (fwd & reverse bucket controls),
Lots of grab handles

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Posted 24 May 2005 - 11:31 PM

OMG that boat looks scary, how fast does that thing go 90.:headbang:



There's plenty of soobs in boats. I have one rigged for hunting...

There is even a company in Houma La. that takes EA81 and EA82 engines, completely overhaul them and will add upgrades to make them USCG compliant marine engines, but you're looking at about $6,000 for one.

Here are some hunting boats with soobs... Putting one in a regular power boat is really not much different.. Of course the engine would be best to have a USCG approved equipment if it will be used in an enclosed engine compartment as well as a forced ventilation system to evacuate gas fumes..

http://www.ultimates...500&ppuser=8086



#7 Jack in Norfolk

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Posted 25 May 2005 - 12:51 AM

Matty B & Mudboat: wow! I had no idea people were doing that kind of stuff with sube motors. I guess I had heard of vw powered airboats so its not a stretch to work in an ea81 or 82.
The plans I saw were for a small coastal crusing trawler; the total opposite end of the spectrum from these speed demons that you guys are posting. What kinds of speeds are you guys seeing?
Matt b: do you have any pics?

#8 Matty B

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Posted 25 May 2005 - 06:53 PM

G'day Jack,
I am trying to get a very slow planing speed rather than a big top speed, the boat is designed for upriver assaults.
I have weighed all the bits and it all comes to just under the 400kg mark, with around 170hp pushing it.
No Photos until its finished!

#9 Jack in Norfolk

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Posted 25 May 2005 - 10:48 PM

G'day Jack,
I am trying to get a very slow planing speed rather than a big top speed, the boat is designed for upriver assaults.
I have weighed all the bits and it all comes to just under the 400kg mark, with around 170hp pushing it.
No Photos until its finished!


sounds awesome. Let me know how you do on that slow planning speed. I have two sailboats with planning hulls. I'd like to jump on a plane in less than 20 knts of wind.
Ps if you change your mind about the "no photos until she's done" rule, I promise not to show anyone else. :)

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 04:36 AM

around 170hp pushing it.


From an ea81? oh yes, now that i have to see! (is that a guess, or have you dyno'd it?)

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Posted 26 May 2005 - 04:56 PM

From an ea81? oh yes, now that i have to see! (is that a guess, or have you dyno'd it?)


yeah I'd like some dyno sheets on this one!!! :lol:

#12 Matty B

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:37 PM

Guys, its a boat!

You tell me how to push dyno rollers with jet drive and I will try!!

Fuel + spark + air, they are the variables.

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#13 Mudboat

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Posted 07 June 2005 - 08:47 PM

The hunting boats in my pics top out between 40 - 50 mph with one person and no gear depending on the prop, but you'd better be in low to no chop at top end.

They are mainly designed to power a light weight hull through oatmeal-like mud and thick vegetation... A perfect boat for what we run through.. Light hull, light engine and plenty of power.. Keel-cooled closed loop cooling system. My engine temp runs 130 deg F in the summer and 115 in the winter...




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