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    I am introducing my 9 and 11 year old boys to boat racing. My intention is to build a couple of boats over the winter - an 8' to 10' hydroplane and a 10" to 11' runabout. Horsepower will range between 5 and 20. We will by running 50s era Mercs that I used to race in the 70s. Does anyone have boat plan recommendations for good handling boats that a semi-novice can build? I built a couple of Hal Kelly designs when I raced, but didn't know if there were some modern designs that were lighter, faster or easier to build. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

    A few builders sell plans and kits I believe. What part of the country?
    sigpicWayne DiGiacomo

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      Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

      All of the boats that Hal Kelly designed ( Hydroplane and Runabout plans ) can be obtained in PDF form for free ; here's one example that could be scaled down
      http://www.boatsport.org/PDF/Airborne1.TextMark.pdf

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        Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

        Contact Blueskyracer for full sized plans and construction manual.
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          Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

          A great source for plans (both contemporary and classic vintage) is Darrell Sorensen.
          Visit his site at www.sorensenwoodcraft.com to see at the array of plans Darrell offers.
          His current boats are winners and his classic vintage boats are faithful to their era.
          Good luck on your endeavor.
          Joe
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            Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

            All: Thanks for the input! The information was very helpful. I live in Western Pennsylvania.

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            • Ram4x4
              Ram4x4 commented
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              Where in Western PA? I live in Western PA too.

            • Jeff5P
              Jeff5P commented
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              I live 45 miles north of Pittsburgh in Ford City. Been racing for 38 years. How can I help you?


              Jeff Williams

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            Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

            Blueskyracer has very good, detailed, plans.
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              Re: Boat plan design recommendations.

              lyndsay hero card 1.jpg You might want to consider a B&H Kit by Sam Hemp. I built one for my granddaughter. And you can see from the photo that it runs just like a hydro is suppose to run. I have to note that, much to Sam's dispair, I made one change and put a Pro style windshield and cowl on it.



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