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    I've known the guys at Lifewater for decades through work, and it was surprising to see that they are designing a line of boats that are made of all UHMW or a similar type material. They put a lot of hours into it over the winter and have two prototypes. I caught up with them today at the Fairbanks outdoors show. The main testing unit they have has a 3 cylinder supercharged waverunner engine and I believe their top speed was in the mid 50mph range. The second prototype is 14' long. I'm hoping they can manage to bring these into production.

    I'm not marketing for them, I just wanted to show you guys a possible new product that will hopefully be coming on the market soon, and I'd like to know any thoughts you guys have. They do have a couple video's of running this winter on the Delta Clearwater.






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    Very cool. I wish I could find the link to some guys that did this very thing in New Zealand (I think). It was posted on BoatDesignNet a couple of years ago. I've thought about it myself, as a boat builder. Size and expense is a definite limitation.

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    I would say build one yourself for hall the cost. Here's my mini with a sea doo 4tex.
    Thing is a unbelievable in river. With reverse!

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    Mike,
    Sweet looking boat, still need to get together and check it out.
    Got Uhmw down the center?
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    The reverse bucket was removed on the UHMW boat before the show. I'd rather see the UHMW boat in an 16-18' size, and because of the shallow water capability, I'd like to have a tunnel.

    I can't see wasting time or money on a 10' boat. Might as well get a jet ski.

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    Nice looking boat Mike



    Quote Originally Posted by akmike30 View Post
    I would say build one yourself for hall the cost. Here's my mini with a sea doo 4tex.
    Thing is a unbelievable in river. With reverse!

    http://www.aluminumboatdesigns.com/s...0ftjetboat.htm




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    I talked to the Life water guys to and checked out the plastic boats. They really are unique and sound like they are very functional. I think it there is allot more involved than just going out and building one yourself. It's takes a pretty skilled operator to weld that stuff. He said it's a very slow process (much slower than Aluminum) and uses hot air to fuse the seams. Thats some of the reasons for the $49k price tag!

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    I'm sure there is equipment out there that can mold the plastic into shape much faster once the templates are set. I don't think they will be able to provide a reasonable product if they plan to hand make every single boat.

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