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Carl Van Houten

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About Carl Van Houten

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  • Birthday 06/01/1959

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  1. Carl Van Houten

    gas tunnel hull wood kits

    LOOKS GOOD!
  2. Carl Van Houten

    gas tunnel hull wood kits

    There are a few LSG tunnels boats available. I hear people like Paul's boat and Wendall Barrows makes a good one and Insane has one and there are a few others. The story with my LSG Tunnel is that I am currently swapping over from the 470 Flat build Thor to a three piece build because even though the Thor built up super strong it's not an easy build and requires a large building jig to assemble it on so I have discontinued that kit as it is just to much for the average builder to manage. I have a new prototype 450 that is currently being tested. I am actually not selling that boat until all six prototypes have been built and tested. Three of them are being built as LSG models and two of them are being setup as FE-Twin Q's and one of them will be set up with Twin 7.5cc Mod Nova Rossi engines. If you are wanting to build one right away I would suggest that you look into one of the ones I mentioned and don't forget that there are others out there too. I'll post the testing results of our 2019 model LSG 450 when we complete the initial testing and include a picture of it if it looks like it will become a production item. -Carl Van Houten
  3. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    I have heard that Thunder Tiger was completely out of the nitro engine business. I haven't looked into it to see if it was true or not but even when they were selling the outboard version I can't remember seeing but a hand full of them. I guess the beauty of their geared lower unit was that they could use their standard car/plane rotation engine.
  4. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    It's too bad the Thunder Tiger Outboard never caught on. The little crank in that engine was so small in diameter that you really couldn't do much with it to make it competitive. I always thought the lower unit was cool but the gears added a drag element that also made it hard to compete with engines that were just a flex shaft type drive. If you could get the right gears so that you could over drive a cut down 21 size prop with a 12 engine kind of like what David Hall did with his custom gear box would be cool. But the outboard 12 class hasn't done much more than show up and set a record here and there. I wish a new stock 21 outboard would hit the market that could compete with the O/S.
  5. Bill, It sounds good. Mike and I and possibly Ronnie (depending on his health) are planning to be there at startup Saturday morning for this event if the weather looks like it will cooperate enough to get in a few runs in. -Carl,
  6. Brian, Ron Talley recently built and rigged one of your Back Lash LSG Sport Hydros. I drove this boat for him in a race in SOWEGA (South West Georgia) this past weekend and I want to say that this boat was VERY IMPRESSIVE! It was built directly by your plans and after just a few minor trim adjustments it was running like it was on velvet. WOW....what a sweet boat. I love it. - Carl Van Houten
  7. Carl Van Houten

    Fuel Punps

    I have used the Slim 12volt electric (the type that screws on the jug) for many years with zero issues.
  8. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    Jerry, There are a lot of people who are still racing today because they got hooked on R/C outboard tunnels by building your kits including me. THANKS!
  9. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    Hey it was free... See. That's what you get for free.
  10. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    See ya'll in SOWEGA tomorrow!
  11. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    GREAT! He doesn't need to miss that.
  12. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    Patrick, Where are you located? Will you be running in the South East?
  13. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    One thing that NAMBA and IMPBA has in common for sure is that number one buoy...Ours stay beat up too. In our test pond we have buoys that are made from 3/4" thick blue dow brand sheet foam that we get from Lowes. A while back we had trouble finding the ball type crab trap buoys and made these to get us by. As it turned out, these have lasted longer than any we have ever had and I know its not because we are driving any better heck we are all over 60 now...LOL. We rip the foam into squares with a box cutter and then cut them round on a little 9" band saw that I take down to the pond and set up on the tail gate and run with my inverter. Doing it at the pond I get plenty of help and in no time they are all cut out. Then we glue them together using gorilla glue stacked 4 high making a 3" thick foam disc and spray them orange. They will get you by and actually and we think they are better than the white crab trap balls that we cut in half and used for so many years.
  14. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    I am going to make a video soon that will both prove and clear up some theories that seem to keep popping up and sparking off controversial discussions and arguments about what IS and IS NOT happening with tunnel hulls. Don't expect some sterile white lab coat experiment from some guy with a British accent but rather a video with some Southern boy that sounds like he failed all of his high school American English classes. OR I may post a diagram and let you do the experiment yourself. This would be a very basic and fundamental example of what is actually happening aerodynamically with a tunnel boat. If you can think of something you think is happening aerodynamically or otherwise, make a demo or drawing that would support your theory. This should not only help everybody to understand things better but it should result in some better designs or prove why the new ones may be better. A demo is hard to argue with...it would probably be the best way to prove your theory. it's just a thought... -Carl
  15. Carl Van Houten

    Sure seems dead around here.

    Thank you Lohring. I am hoping my new 7.5 O/B Tunnel will weed out some undesirable traits that inevitably come with the added performance of the new NR46. After this change I plan to pull out my old school Savage that so many people want me to build again and make some changes to it as well. Then it wil be time to rest for awhile. I have had one project after another lately and although its been exciting to finally do these things that I have wanted to do, I need some time to just enjoy racing for a while. Maybe one day I we will see your name on the list to try one of these new boats. There should be a lot of new stuff hitting the track this spring!
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