Quick and easy to use floating boat liftsAn AirBerth boat lift can remove or return your boat in just 4 minutes. As well as reducing maintenance time, an AirBerth floating boat lift also protects your investment because an AirBerth floating boat lift can help protect your vessel. The P&D cube floating boat lift is a floating boat lift that gets your craft completely out of the water, there are no moving parts, and it requires no electricity to operate. Very nice 20 foot Sylvan pontoon sitting on a center lift trailer The floor and carpet were replaced but the seats were too far gone. The Scissor Lift Pontoon Trailer will allow you to launch your pontoon no matter what obstacles the boat access gives you. Location: Eustis, FL The short answer is no, you boat doesn't plane, nor does the example party barge you describe. It would be helpful for you to describe what you want, how you're currently equipped and how she currently runs. I'll assume you boat doesn't preform very well or at least as well as you think it should and maybe some extra bumps on those pontoons might get you there? He couldn't get these top end speeds on a pontoon boat with 60hp or 90hp unless he were on plane. Location: Milwaukee, WI If you build enough of a flat surface, it will plane. The strakes extend from aft of the nosecones of the pontoons to about 3 foot short of the back of the pontoons. Location: Los Angeles Looks like a simple way to improve high speed performance. A more efficient and high tech approach would be to use one or two horizontal foils spanning the pontoons. A very high performance soaring airplane (glider) may have aspect ratios in the 30:1 range. Some builders of multihulls have had great success with adding a hydrofoil that spans the gap between the hulls.
Location: Preston CT NNYBoater I share your interest in improving the performance of a pontoon.
Location: Sunny Ft Lauderdale Fla Put a pad on the bottom,You can play with the width a little.

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The steering console is functional but could stand to be replaced when new furniture is added. Since a Sun Tracker Party Barge 21 footer with lifting strakes and which weighs several hundred lbs less than the Suncruiser and has pontoons with perhaps 740 lbs less buoyancy will stay on plane with difficulty using a 60hp 4-stroke, I am wondering if my Suncruiser will lift and plane with the 70hp and stay on plane using lifting strakes of the same gauge and ends but the correct length for my pontoons.
The typical TR240 Trinidad comes with a 115 HP up to 150 HP and the weight is listed at closer to 2,700, which is about right for a 24' pontoon boat, but lets call it 2,500. Bill, who has a 2009 Fishin' Barge 21, told me that with 60hp and he and his son aboard, it went up on plane and reached 28mph.
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In case of trademark issues please contact the domain owner directly (contact information can be found in whois). Once a couple coolers full of beer and a crew shows up, now you're looking a over 4,000 pounds on a 70 HP.

A planing bottom is effectively a lifting foil, but all lift is created by pressure on the bottom, no lift created by suction on the top.
Lifting strakes, while they certainly provide lift, have an aspect ration of about 1:50, so have very little lift for the amount of drag produced. Therefore, such foils do not have to be large, and they do not need to have any controlled surfaces. I have thought for some time about the Water Glide, read the posts and emailed extensively with the owner. In normal circumstances, installation takes just a few hours and requires no piling or construction.
I am not sure if the Sun Tracker strakes would be wide enough to make my Suncruiser plane using only 70hp.
Documented results of adding foils to existing power catamarans include a 40% reduction in power required for a given speed.
You have added to my understanding of planing, which I seek to learn more about before attempting a practical solution to my problem.The pontoon water glide is a narrow foil between the hulls at the center of gravity and seems to work quite well on boats of varying lengths and weights, with different pontoons diameters and engine horsepowers. The maker and welder of these strakes would be a metal shop owned and run by a mechanical engineer. It would do what the strakes probably not do: get the Suncruiser on plane at 14mph and keep it there. I know this from questioning a man on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca who had the Water Glide under his Sun Tracker. His reports agree with many other pontooners who have the Water Glide and with Pontoon and Deck Boat Magazine's test in Iowa.
As you can see, they are placed so that the planing surfaces are just below the bottom of the pontoons.

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