Im looking into building an old style ski/drag boat. I was wondering if anyone on here had any knowledge of this kind of stuff. Ive been dling a lot of reading lately and research on the matter. Just wanted to talk to someone who had some experience with these style boats.thanks.
The true v-drive flat bottom hot boats are handful to drive and you have to be a real man to shoe one. If you don't understand the lever/fulcrum theory in which they are supposed to be operated prepare to be spit out a few times.
They are very expensive to build and will cost more than building the typical car.
Once the boat is completed it will be worth about half what you have into it.
If you are really into these boats then point 3 above is moot and you will feel it's worth every penny not to mention the satisfaction of building it yourself.
RJP is absolutely correct that a lot of money can be saved by finding a proven boat that is already completed. Further, it is a wiser move if you don't know a lot about v-drive boats and--with the right purchase--will make for a softer learning curve in both set up and operation. I purchased a World Finals championship v-drive drag hydro, less engine, and will someday plug into it the 385 Series I purchased specifically for this project. Point is I saved a lot of cash by not picking up a hull of unknown capability and trying to get it together and then make it work on the water.
Trust RJP, he's a walking FoMoCo encyclopedia, has been boating for more decades than most people have lived, and currently owns quite a few beautiful, classic v-drives that are all Ford powered.