The "D" Class - Things to consider
  • 1.  Are engines available?   Yes. I'll sell you a brand new one; or, you can call Daren Goehring and he'll build you one.  Merc 44xs motors which have been well taken care of are always competitive.

    2.  What's your weight coming off the water?   APBA 480, NBRA 440.  Why the difference?

    3.  How about props?  APBA  2 or 3 blade; NBRA 3 or 4 blade.  Why not make the 4 blade legal in APBA D Stock?  Rumor has it that 4 blades tend to offer more stability.   Stability is good... no?

    4.  Is there aTiming Restriction?   APBA  28 degrees;  NBRA  None.  Nobody in their right mind runs that much anyway.  The idea was to slow the engine down so the merc could keep up.  The "good" Mercs don't have much trouble keeping up, ask Brandon Sutton or Bill Keegan. 

    5.  Can I run a Tuner?  APBA  No;  NBRA  Yes, if contained within tower.  The new style Bass tower is designed to accomodate a tuner.  The 44xs runs a tuner.   A tuner gives the owner something to experiment with.  They are easy and not expensive to make and noise level is virtually same as stock.  On a RAM50, It is not a noisy open exhaust

    6.  Is there a Propshaft height/depth restriction?   APBA  RAM50 1/2" below bottom; Merc 44 even w/bottom;  NBRA  none, set it where boat runs safely.  The Bass gearfoot is not designed to run low.  Early testing (Bob W.) noted that.  This restriction needs to be lifted at once for safety reasons.

    7.  How about Gear Ratio?  APBA  17:17;  NBRA   16:17, 17:17, 17:16.  We need to allow 1 tooth over or under.  Let people experiment

    8.  Can I change Reeds?    Yes.   The Tohatsu factory steel reeds are excellent.  APBA & NBRA allow Boyesen 2-stage fiber reeds.  However, in an arbitrary decision APBA called for the Tohatsu reed stops to be installed on top of the Boyesen reeds.  It was pointed out that no advantage was noted running the boyesen reeds as boyesen instructions called for, ie without Tohatsu stops.  This arbitrary rule shortens the grip-length of the mounting screws creating a potential for engine damage.  This arbitrary requirement for reed stops on the boyesen reeds should be eliminated.  Reed stops should be installed on the factory reeds.

    The fact that no two boats are exactly the same make it necessary to have rules that allow some experimentation; this, builds enthusiasm.  The changes outlined are relatively simple.  Theydo not require special expertise, expensive fabrication/machine-work.  They actually enhance reliability  and safety as proven by other racing organizations experience.

    So, when you attend the Stock Outboard Commission meeting this January, you might ask yourself what could possibly be done to enhance or bring others into the D Class.  It's the  Z06  (Corvette) of the Stock Outboard line-up.  Of course if you're in an O'Connor hydro, it'll be like driving one ov them hot-rod Cadilacs.   Get one!!
     


    APBA Member #: 11195
    Boat #: 8A
    Classes: D hydro FE hydro 20 SShydro
    Region 1
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  • There needs to be some kind of incentive for members to use this site.  It's a good site.


    APBA Member #: 11195
    Boat #: 8A
    Classes: D hydro FE hydro 20 SShydro
    Region 1
  • Alex..............hope you have a chance to RELAX when you get home and keep working to make our sport better. Just remember as Mick Jaggar sings....."you don't always get what you want but you get what you need"

    I know you are upset about some of the decisions made (or not made) by the SORC but you can't stop trying.

    Quitting is not a option my Russian friend. Keep moving forward.

    The Captain.




    APBA Member #: 71441
    Boat #: 66-E
    Classes: Stock Outboard
    Region 4
  • Yo...  so here's the slogan the elves at Richmond Aero Marine have come up with Matt:

    DUDE  GET OFF THE BEACH!!!
    Obviously that means get a "RAM50" and you will get off the beach and have some fun in life.


    APBA Member #: 11195
    Boat #: 8A
    Classes: D hydro FE hydro 20 SShydro
    Region 1