I hadn't posted the results of my initial test - FAIL. Through a twist of fate, I sanded the marks off on the engine plate of where I wanted to position the engine and forgot about the whole CG balance thing. Long story short - engine too far forward. nosedive. flip over cartwheel style. Made some adjustements to the engine stand, added styrofoam under the fuel tank shelf for a little extra floatation and the reslts so far are much better. She floats on her own, and the transom sits higher though still under water when sitting still. I tested the boat in the grass again with the engine shifted back and I'm much happier. Before, the back of the boat would lift off the ground when under power, now she scoots level and much easier I might add. I might try testing it out at the pond later today if I get time.
This is actually the rudder blade from the flatbottom that I modified a little bit. The solder joint between the rudder shaft and the blade was about 1 1/4" long, which made the boat "dance" side-to-side so I shortened the joint to 1/4"-3/8" instead. I already made this mod to the blade on the SICopy.
The rudder on the boat. (I am going to put a different rudder on this thing mounted higher when I can afford a speedmaster. rudder..) I used a nylon screw in the rudder bracket for a break-away.
I need to find a tiny Minnesota Wild hockey sticker to put under the Minnesota cutout.. :lol:
I don't normally like stickers on my rides, but I couldn't help these two..
A sort-of bottom picture
Engine/Fuel Pump. (I added a return line because the regulator on the pump couldn't be dialed back enough to prevent the engine from flooding. Added benefit is the mixture doesnt change much from full tank to empty tank except for air bubbles at very low fuel levels. )
This engine is a little picky on fuel tank placement. I could probably get the engine to run fine without the pump and keep the tank below but I like the more consistent fuel mixture. I need to replace the O-rings on the Low speed needle valve before I re-test it, The low end and midrange was a little temperamental the other day.