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Thread: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

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    Default 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    I met a guy who claims that he has a 21' Old Town Inboard with jet drive. I'm assuming that
    This is a tunnel drive. I've never heard of this...any input? I hope to see it this coming week.

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    Why assume it has a tunnel?

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    He said the boat was an inboard jet drive and I'm unfamiliar with this arrangement. It seemed
    That it could be a tunnel drive ...I think Atkins was designing boats like this in the late 50's and that maybe old town built a few on spec or to determine if there was a market for such a vessel.

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    Didn't Penn Yan make some tunnel stern boats reminiscent of the shallow draft Atkin boats like Rescue Minor? I don't remember jet pumps in that era.

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    Yes, I believe Pen Yann did. The thought that this boat could be one did cross my mind.
    I suppose the guy could be mistaken, but he was pretty clear that the boat was a lapstrake
    Old Town.

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    The tunnel boats you are thinking of were nothing like the Atkin RM. They just had the prop(s) raised into tunnels that extended through the transom. The prop blades did not extend above the static waterline as in the enclosed tunnels like RM and some others. It was mainly a way of reducing draft on deep V hulls. On some of the twin engine deep V hulls the keel was below the props for protection.
    Tom L

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    Default Re: 21' Old Town Inboard Tunnel Drive?

    Old Town brochures are available for purchase on a CD-ROM at www.wcha.org

    Andreas

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