ORIGINAL: Joe Petro
They don't need any added reinforcement at all. A little cloth here and there won't hurt though.
The hulls come in very light (maybe 16 pounds RTR) so weight isn't an issue.
The only areas that I have had any crash damage from are the transom and cowling.
Make sure that the cowling CAN NOT come off the boat in a blow over.
As for the transom, when driving over
other, slower boats, the transom can separate from the upper and lower sheeting.
A little cloth and epoxy would cure that.
The main thing to do is build the tail as light as possible for balance. Almost all Bullitts need nose weight.
Mount the engine as far forward as the cowling will allow (spark plug hits if too far forward).
Don't be too concerned about overall weight as some very competitive T Boats are 24+ pounds...
Build looks awesome Rick!