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Old 07-01-2005, 01:53 AM
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Default wellcraft airslot ( how does it ride ) ??????

any info would be great
Im still on a search for an affordable hull that can handle some big Water.

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Old 07-01-2005, 07:31 AM
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Back in the 70's my father had a 21 foot fisherman with a 188 mercrusier. It seemed to float on air it would never and I mean never pound and I remember my father loving it because of that. Don't know why they stoped making them maybe because people did not like the look.
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freespirit1 - 7/1/2005 8:31 AM Back in the 70's my father had a 21 foot fisherman with a 188 mercrusier. It seemed to float on air it would never and I mean never pound and I remember my father loving it because of that. Don't know why they stoped making them maybe because people did not like the look.
My Dad had the same boat.* As I remember, loved the boat, hated the engine.* He never bought another I/O.
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Take a look at this link http://www.ultimate.com/omc-boats/cole.html

The site will give you some information on the Airslot hull and about it's designer. I just finished rebuilding (cockpit, transom, seats, etc, etc.) a 1970 19' Thunderbird outboard Cathedral hull which is very similar to the Airslot. The Thunderbird and the Welcraft Airslot were both designed by Richard Cole. I rebuilt this boat because I was looking for a winter project and because of a sentimental conection. Our first powerboat when I was a kid was a 1968 Thunderbird.

Unfortunately, because of all the terrible riding, similar looking, Tri-hull style boats that were manufactured at that time Wellcraft and Thunderbird both had to overcome a poor image of that design in the market place . As far as I can tell the Thunderbird and Airslot design were the only ones that had such a good ride. Chrysler made a similar looking hull but I have never heard how they ride or how well they were built.

Of course all the Tri-hull boats are very stable but these two manufactures produced a boat with a much deeper Vee in the center hull which prevented them from pounding. This gave them a superior ride. I can tell you I was shocked at how well the boat rides. Not only is it stable you have to try very, very hard to make it pound and it also has a very dry ride. I think I just described the perfect boat?

By comparison I've owned a 14' McKee Craft, 18' Wellcraft CC, 23' Seacraft, and a 25' Mako and "FOR IT'S SIZE" I believe the 19' Thunderbird is the best overall performing hull of the group. The Seacraft and Mako definately rode better and could handle bigger water however they are both much larger, heavier hulls. I would say the Thunderbird is more stable, dryer riding and handles rough water suprisingly well.

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The Airslot rides like a big "hoopty" cadillac.

It's a dry boat and the ride is very smooth.

Dick Cole was the designer . . .

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Old 07-01-2005, 09:55 PM
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I have a 21-foot airslot I use in Hawaii. This is my first boat so I can't compare it to many others, but the boat is very well made, is heavy so it doesn't get pushed around by waves, is dry, and handles following seas pretty well. It's a 1978 model and the hull still looks great...no gelcoat cracks. I did have to redo the stringers and bulkheads when I got it. But now we fish in 4 to 6 foot seas, no problem.
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Old 07-02-2005, 09:48 AM
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i am redoing a 186 airslot now ..it's been in my family since it was new in 1974.great ridding boat that i have run in the ocean,lakes,rivers,& inlets. great boat
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My buddy use to have a 1978 24' airslot with twin I/o's that boat is a battle wagon it rides like its 10' bigger than it is, we would come back in some sloppy conditions 5-6' chop and there wouldn't be any hard pounding and we very rarely got wet
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Old 07-02-2005, 03:50 PM
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There's a 24ftr with twin outboard's on Barancaus Ave in Pensacola,Fl. [across from the country club]It has the biggest tower I've ever seen on a boat this size. [To big if ask me]
I bet that boat could be bought right. I've seen it moved 1time in 3yrs. at least.
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:48 AM
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A friend of mine owns a 24 ft wellcraft airslot with a diesel and it is an incredible boat. Never pounds in 2 to 4 ft chop and very dry. I am amazed every time i fish on it with him.
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I never owned an airslot but after several years of looking and talking about a hull for fishing the gulf coast, the airslot was at the top of the list. Next was a formula 233. If it weren't for the panga an airslot would still be at the top of my short list...
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arlon - 7/5/2005 9:06 AM I never owned an airslot but after several years of looking and talking about a hull for fishing the gulf coast, the airslot was at the top of the list. Next was a formula 233. If it weren't for the panga an airslot would still be at the top of my short list...
Right on, about the Formula 23.* It's a fantastic hull.

So also is the Airslot.* A friend of mine had an Airslot, and we dove the Gulf of Mexico for years out of it.* I don't recall if it was 23' or 24', but it's one of the best riding hulls I've ever been in.

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PDK refers to a Chrysler. This was their HydroVee. It was a pounder. I mean bad ride in the 2-3 ft of the Chesapeake. Also, poorly made hulls. We split one at at the bow right up the vee of the hull. You could see the uneven glass in the resin. Avoid these boats. I have seen people and dealers actually give them away.
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:39 PM
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A family member has a 24 footer walkaround with I/O he was going to restore, never got to it. Boat is going in the next month or two. Let me know if anyone wants it.
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Old 07-06-2005, 08:42 AM
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Hi Gang,

My very first boat was the 186 walkthru windshield airslot with 6 cyl i/o mercruiser.

Wife and I had been thinking about getting a boat for about a yr. Went to va beach for vacation in 1973-4. On way driving in we stopped at a dealer right on the highway. Had a less than yr old purple one in the showroom.

On the way out of va beach we stopped in again. We pulled the trigger. She called her father and asked if he could send us $5K. He asked if I got her locked up and needed bail money.

Anyway, being as first boat I didn't know how good the ride was because I had nothing to compare it to. Kept it about 7 yrs, took the youngters and wife out on it a lot. Looked new when I sold it about 7 yrs later. It certainly was an excellent boat.


Heck, now I have a 24.5 world cat. Sure would be interesting to run that side by side with the 24 airslot in 2-3 chop of the chessie.
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Heck, now I have a 24.5 world cat. Sure would be interesting to run that side by side with the 24 airslot in 2-3 chop of the chessie.
I'm thinking the only way you would be side by side, would be for you to slow down.
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My first boat was a 24 Airslot. Had a 351 Windsor and Mercruiser i/o on it. Big heavy boat. I won't say it's the smooth ride of a Formula, but it did handle the water well. In heavy chop the boat would pound a bit.

Couple things to look for. Transom is very thick, check for rot. Also where the side slots meet the main hull you are likely to find cracks there. Look the floors over real well as the are known to go soft.

The one I had was an overnighter with the hardtop. I really like the layout of the walkaround fisherman and read somewhere that layout was what Grady White used in the newer style walkaround cuddy boats in the late '70's and early '80's.
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I have a 78 24ft airslot with a volvo penta diesel... It is my favorite fishing boat... Tons of room and extreamly stable in the water. The boat is about 7200lb. If you want a awsome boat this is it.
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I know nothing about the airslot...but I would be interested to know first hand how those three girls ride!!!!
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I have a 78 24ft airslot with a volvo penta diesel... It is my favorite fishing boat... Tons of room and extreamly stable in the water. The boat is about 7200lb. If you want a awsome boat this is it.
Hello
I also have a 24' Airslot, but unfortunately with a 5.7 liter (350 cu inch) gasoline motor. Gas hog. Am looking to convert to a diesel, but an "easy fit" does not seem very easy (unless you go below 200 HP).
Can you tell me what Volvo you have, what the top speed is, the fuel economy (mpg), and how much work it was to change the power. I assume you also had to change the outdrive. I currently have an Alpha-1, but I think it wont be of much use with a diesel.

My personal email is LGorman@gmail.com if you wouldn't mind having a bit of a conversation.

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