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what vintage nitro tunnel hull boats are these?

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Old 05-07-2014, 09:17 PM
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Default what vintage nitro catamaran boats are these?

not sure what manufacturer these were made by as the original owner could not remember. I could not find them under any Dumas photos or Prather nor one other company. they are vintage I know as the engines more than give that away. the original owner told me it was a very popular company that made these fiberglass hulls. very well made and the gel coat/paint was done well. the engines are Rossi .61, CMB .65, Webra 10 ccm. which I believe the Webra takes a bar type plug and the other two an Rossi R6. thank you to anyone who can help me
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:35 PM
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Actually, those are not tunnels. Those are actually catamarans and, not being an expert, would guess they are early to mid 80s in origin. I haven't seen a Webra 10 or Rossi 61 in a long time. You might be better off finding a couple of current .45s or .67s and drop in to those boats. In that way, you'll be able to obtain parts when needed

After doing a bit of websearching, I found that Webra went bankrupt back in 2010 so parts will be impossible to get. As for Rossi, they are still in business but have cut back to making a .21 inboard, .21 outboard and .45 inboard engines, mostly doing buggy and aircraft engines now.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:54 PM
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Thank you for the info and pointing out my error as I realized I put tunnel hulls which would be the forward facing canopy with the wing usually on the back. these Cat's are somewhere around mid to late 80's the original owner mentioned. what are these boats worth as Floaters with pipes?
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:22 AM
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Unfortunately, the boats are not worth a lot unless you can find someone that want's the motors to add to a collection. Old boats that have been run tend to be looked upon as a money pit in that you have to rework almost everything to get it up to modern standards. Had the hulls been untouched, they would have been more desirable and, therefore, worth closer to new prices.
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Thank you for the info and as far as getting them up to par with modern boats I'll have to look at modern ones to see what needs to get done. I had a few electric hydros/tunnel hulls back in late 90's but they werere molded hulls not nice glass hulls. These appear to have no cracks or issues anywhere including engine mounts. They are in really good shape. Guess I'll sell them to this guy for $125 each since they need some minor things. All the starter/battery tote with engines will go with them. At least now I know why my cousin's boss gave them to him. New engines and updated electronics and a little work would cost more than the boats are worth. The two engines run but not sure how*many runs*someone would get out of them. Thanks again for the info
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well it's been a long time since this thread has been opened, but I can tell you that the first boat/left is a 3D Tunnel Vision from the mid 80s, I had the 42 incher,

3D boats were made by Tom Daniels in Port Huron Michigan,Tom "was" the owner/founder of 3D Boats, I had 4 of his Boats, 3 DV Ruff Stuff, 42", 48", and 54", and the 42" Tunnel Vision, I talked to Tom many many times

it's super nice to see one again

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The one hull is an Aeromarine Sprint Cat for sure, they've been making them for a long time and are still competitive today with the right equipment.
https://aeromarinercboats.com/
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