I picked up an old Roughneck 1655 tunnel hull this spring. The one with the tall (5.5"?) tunnel that works well with a prop. Then I picked up an older Honda 50/35 jet that needed major carb work. At the end of the summer I had the motor working finally and had the boat running well on Big Lake test runs.
However, due to the loss of displacement with the large tunnel and the heavy motor it squats in the rear. I do have angled shims in place to give me extra tilt reducing the bow rise but that will not fix the squattiness at the stern.
This leaves me with some hull modification decisions to make.
A - Fill in the huge tunnel with an insert that is more modern in concept. Not as tall/deep and more like what Speciality Jets shows on their website for an optimum design. However, this won't help with all of the displacement issues and the heavy four stroke motor holding down the stern.
B - Install pods and leave the huge tunnel. Install a flexible "deck" to capture water for the jet foot between the pods.
After reviewing many of the posts on here I am tilting towards the pods. With the 50/35 the boat is kind of underpowered so it will never be a shallow water, tight and twisty creek running machine.
Which shop in the Anchorage/Mat-Su area would you folks recommend for getting pods built and installed?