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We've started on two new TK12's. These will be solid color models in Electric Blue and Deep Red. The layup is under way and should be poppin' it from the mold very soon. Follow along as we bring these minis to market....
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Looking forward to watching the builds..

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Just curious -- a very long time ago (1960), my dad and I bought one of the early 12'6" Powercats. And back then, we didn't think it was a "mini" boat, just a regular family boat. Original power was a 45 HP Merc. A little later we decided to race it and stepped up the power to a 75 HP and then 100 HP. Top speed was in the mid 60s. Have you ever put this kind of power on your mini cats and if so, what's the performance like?
 

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Very cool is it a splash of a Cougar?
"No it's not" it boat is totally differant! And the Cougar you need to do some mods to them to get them to work right and to get them to plane! IMO the TK-12 is alot safer boat and dose'nt have the getting on plane problem even if you are running with two BIG PEOPLE in it.
 
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So you have the 'well' holding the transom up ? Have you considered any other 'bracing or stringers' to hold up the transom and spread out the stress loads ? Who is doing the lay up work ?
 
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So you have the 'well' holding the transom up ? Have you considered any other 'bracing or stringers' to hold up the transom and spread out the stress loads ? Who is doing the lay up work ?
Good question.

The boat is a shoebox assembly, fully tabbed and has a stepped, 12.5 degree transom. This design has worked exceptionally well for carrying the 25 and 30HP motors these boats are approved for.

Knees are always an option and plans are moving forward with bumping the motor certification up to 40 or 50HP. If we are successful with this, then transom knees will be standard for the big motors.

With all that being said, if someone wants the extra bracing, we're more than happy to do it.

Thanks for the feedback.
 
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Work on the rental boats has slowed because we are building a money boat for a customer in Texas. Popped it out of the mold today. Flame on...
 

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It would be pretty cool if you cap the front and back


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This is going to sound stupid but the brown stuff in the mold is the balsa coring right? Sweet looking boats guys. What's the performance like in these boats? any footage yet?
 

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This is going to sound stupid but the brown stuff in the mold is the balsa coring right? Sweet looking boats guys. What's the performance like in these boats? any footage yet?
The brown that your looking at is core matting it's not balsa. And the boat is 12' long 5'6" wide.
 

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The brown that your looking at is core matting it's not balsa. And the boat is 12' long 5'6" wide.
Why is the transom done in three pieces? Is there an advantage to doing it that way?
 

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Why is the transom done in three pieces? Is there an advantage to doing it that way?
It's just the way the transom is setup. They still have to put the knees in and the way it's setup is very strong.
 

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whats the difference between core matting and balsa coring?
 

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I agree....capped hulls look sweet and eliminate the hassle of rub rail. Unfortunately, these little guys are a shoebox assembly; the deck fits over the hull like the lid of a shoebox. Maybe a retooled deck is somewhere down the road, but not yet...............
 

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It's just the way the transom is setup. They still have to put the knees in and the way it's setup is very strong.
Mini Kat is correct and he has seen the boats up close and personal - thanks Wayne!

The transom has a one inch setback in the center section, which forms a pad for the motor mount area. The steep transom angle, the layup schedule and the shoebox assembly make for a strong, proven design. These boats are being built to carry the USCG approved 25-30hp motors, which come in at about 180 pounds (Tohatsu 4 stroke), and they work very well.

The hulls will handle a larger motor, but obviously the safety factor decreases as speeds rise. The transom can be reinforced to any degree someone might want. We plan to build a light layup, single seat, center steer hull for racing, which will have a heavily reinforced transom. Maybe the mini boat enduro will actually happen.

More to follow and keep the questions and feedback coming.
 

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whats the difference between core matting and balsa coring?
Coremat is a nonwoven polyester that contains microspheres. Simply put, it soaks up resin and adds stiffness to the layup.

Balsa core is often used in place of plywood for structural support and integrity. It's a weight saver - balsa is lighter than traditional plywood.

Hope that helps.
 

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This is going to sound stupid but the brown stuff in the mold is the balsa coring right? Sweet looking boats guys. What's the performance like in these boats? any footage yet?
Low 30's with the current setup (12" prop)

[video=youtube;b-8ze1EYr68]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-8ze1EYr68[/video]
 
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