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  • boatworkfl
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    For those that keep asking about the fuel economy of installing a pair of tunnels: The current feed back is: You should gain about 1.5 to 3 miles per hour, and either eliminate or significantly reduce the rooster tail behind your boat.
    If you tow a dingy it is a no brainer, over time the fuel savings work out, you also have less stern sag common with Bayliners when running, especially those with generators or a dingy on the stern.
    I will be buying a new trailer from Sam's club and will be building a new box for moving my goods and supplies starting mid April.
    If you are interested in a pair of tunnels do not wait until spring, I will be on my way to Alaska until mid Sept.
    I will take 1 extra pair to Alaska and will try to have 2 pair available between now and then, for the most part, I will make these to order.
    I have a permanent retirement income and I do this to stay busy, stay busy and stay young! At 73 it is still working for me!

    Pat boatworkfl

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  • Foster
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    Yep, the 45 has tunnels, that's why we bought it, for the slight smaller draft and the hope for a little more speed/distance efficiency.

    My 4588 isn't that stern heavy, mostly due to how we store things on the boat. With the addition of the dink on Weaver davits it will become heavier.

    Thanks for getting measurements to see if the ones you are making will fit.

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  • boatworkfl
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    Originally posted by smitty477 View Post

    Yes - they are very much alike the 38 and 45 tunnels. We owned an 86 - 38 and two 45's.
    The actual measurements-wide at the top of the trim tabs and the height up from that line not including the rudder recess.
    I did not think to measure the 45's in the boatyard in Seward AK
    I think I will call Dave at the boatyard in Seward and see if I can get those measurements.
    Are the 45's tail heavy like the 38XX Bayliners?
    If they fit it still should help get rid of that rooster tail which should translate to FWD thrust.

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  • smitty477
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    Originally posted by boatworkfl View Post

    Do the 4588's have tunnels/prop pockets?
    Yes - they are very much alike the 38 and 45 tunnels. We owned an 86 - 38 and two 45's.

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  • boatworkfl
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    Originally posted by Foster View Post
    Is there anyone that still makes these for 4588's?
    Do the 4588's have tunnels/prop pockets?

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  • Foster
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    Is there anyone that still makes these for 4588's?

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  • boatworkfl
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    Originally posted by Dirtyface View Post
    39's don't have prop pockets...
    My error, I meant to type 38 series.

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  • Dirtyface
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    39's don't have prop pockets...

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  • boatworkfl
    started a topic prop tunnels: explanation of what they are:

    prop tunnels: explanation of what they are:

    A few members are wondering what "tunnels" are.
    Well- tunnels;s are an extension of the prop pockets/tunnels for the propellers on the 38XX series, I do not know if the ones I fabricate fit the 38XX series though as well as the 43' series.
    What they do is extend that tunnel 18 inches, the result is: the rooster tail at your stern is largely removed and pushed down,translating to forward push.
    This modification should give more fwd. thrust and little or no rooster tail.
    The first set I sold the owner stated an increased in speed about 1.5 knots, there should be a corresponding decrease in fuel consumption, buy I will be testing that this summer in Alaska with diesels and with my gas powered 3870.
    If anyone has any questions on the modification please contact me.
    boatworkfl on BOC
    I will give you my email and phone number, yes I do build these!
    Last edited by boatworkfl; 12-06-2017, 05:03 PM.
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