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Old 10-01-2010, 12:23 AM
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Default Wooden Cracker Box (Ivan Bourdier)

Just wanted to post a build that I have going on. Boat was built by Ivan Bourdier with Birch, Walnut and Mahogany, he did an incredible job and I'm very happy with his craftsmanship. Since I've received it I started to work on the finish, added clear and will also add paint to give it a more scale appearance. Drivers have been cut and reglassed and will start on them very soon. She's getting a Suicidal motor with a Quickdraw pipe, she will move. Pics are coming.....
Old 10-01-2010, 12:45 AM
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Here's some pics of build....
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Old 10-01-2010, 09:09 PM
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Default RE: Wooden Cracker Box (Ivan Bourdier)

Nice.
Old 10-02-2010, 05:45 PM
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Default RE: Wooden Cracker Box (Ivan Bourdier)

Pics from painting today...
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:08 AM
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Some more progress over the weekend. Worked on fit and finish for center skag, its all glassed in and has a little carbon fiber to add to looks and strength. Really happy how it all came out, exactly to Mr. Ivans recommendations, check it.....
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Old 10-05-2010, 07:27 AM
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Are Ivan's crackerboxes raceable in IMPBA and NAMBA as it has the non trip chines, instead of a sharp chine as a real crackerbox has ? Both organizations basicially say that the lines of the hull must conform to the lines of a real crackerbox.I've looked at pics of real crackers and all have a sharp chine.The only boat I found that has the non trip chines is the smaller class J runabout.This would give you an advantage over other boats,as your's would be less susceptible to barrel rolling in a fast turn.Some run a non trip trim tab on the left side of the transom to help in the turns. He does make beautiful boats and I especially like the curve from the deck to the side in the rear.
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Not sure about IMPBA rules as I run in NAMBA and they are legal race boats. They are one of the fastest Cracker box's out there but its more than the sides.....lets just say the bottom of hull isn't just flat. Its what makes them work without trim tabs to keep them on the Lake, even at full speed. I will race my boat but it will not be a dedicated work horse as it would get banged up too much. I'm building "Schon" more for SAW and curious on how fast I can make her...and yes she's got a name now. Record is around 59ish.

I also have a Mono Project Y from Ivan and it flat out hauls, low 60's all day long and turns at full throttle....no trim tabs but 1 turn fin.
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Nice looking boat - that deck is sweet. 
Old 10-08-2010, 03:02 PM
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Thanks for the compliments. Here the latest, stuffing tube is in place so I can now finish painting her.
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:56 PM
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Thought I'd post some pics of where my build is at. Taking me a while to get the time to make sure its done right but its moving along. Dudes are painted and most of mechanical hardware is fitted, waiting on pipe to come back from my coating connection and than can start working on electronics...
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Are Ivan's crackerboxes raceable in IMPBA and NAMBA as it has the non trip chines, instead of a sharp chine as a real crackerbox has ? Both organizations basicially say that the lines of the hull must conform to the lines of a real crackerbox.I've looked at pics of real crackers and all have a sharp chine.The only boat I found that has the non trip chines is the smaller class J runabout.This would give you an advantage over other boats,as your's would be less susceptible to barrel rolling in a fast turn.Some run a non trip trim tab on the left side of the transom to help in the turns. He does make beautiful boats and I especially like the curve from the deck to the side in the rear.
I think it depends on the district, in classic cracker I would protest the hull.With non trips its just another mono.
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Last thing I'm worried about is protest...most will be upset just for the fact that I'm faster than they are and will look at anything they can to not race against it. Seen them run against other styles CB's and its more than a side trip that make them fly lol. If you want to debate if its legal or not....do it on your on thread as this is my build thread.

Got radio box fasten in, used a 1/8 piece of rubber to give it some protection form vibration. QD Deep Vee pipe came back from my guy that does ceramic coating. Coming along....
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Great weekend to work on CB, been raining here in No. Ca.. Got a lot done and now I'm in final assembly, waiting for a few things to finish but took a big leap forward. Radio electrics are 99% complete, just waiting on radio box seal. Need IV bag and a friend to weld my exhaust water outlet than I can finish with assembly. Should be firing it up soon.....check it.
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All done...been a blast building and now the tuning begins. here's some pics of it completed...
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Very nice.
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Thank you. Been getting it dialed in and have more to go but running stable in turns and topping out at 57 mph so far with only 1 blow over. Done a couple things different than last pics and is working very well.
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Against wife's wishes, I raced her last weekend. She ran well, but had a tough time trying to take it easy as I didn't want her to get banged up. It was really nerve racking but had a great time with my chums. Not planning on running her in a race again but know she is a contender. Ivan really know's how to build a race boat.....looks are a bonus.
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Against wife's wishes, I raced her last weekend. She ran well, but had a tough time not going all out and being nervous about it. It was really nerve racking but had a great time with my chums. Not planning on running her in a race again but know she is a contender. Ivan really know's how to build a race boat.....looks are a bonus.
you lost me on the last post, who built the hull you or Ivan. Whatever ,good job. nice deck she's a looker. Speed wise, she moves right along.
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The boat builder is Ivan Bourdier. You get a empty hull when you order one from him, than you build it. Sorry for the confusion......
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How much do they cost?
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About 400 shipped is what I remember. Ivan may have increased his rate by now.....

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