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Old 09-05-2020, 09:01 AM
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Inverted V hull sold On bring a trailer website never seen a boat like this
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I believe the Hickman inverted vee hull design was the inspiration for Ray Hunt and Dick Fisher’s original 13’ Boston Whaler. The initial prototype rode terribly, so Hunt went with a tri hull at the bow instead.

That’s all I know about Hickman. Your pic is the first I have seen. Interesting looking boat.
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Here's the link to the auction:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...ea-sled-sedan/
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Is inverted V another name for a Cat?
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Hickman was w a y ahead of his time.

Think Arneson invented the surface drive? Nope, it was Hickman...100 years ago.
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It’s got a sneeze blocker!!
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Cool boats to look at, but they ride like garbage in anything other than the slightest chop. I ran a 33' late model hickman and it was a blast, but a soaker and a pounder. There's a reason they don't make hulls like that any longer.
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
Hickman was w a y ahead of his time.

Think Arneson invented the surface drive? Nope, it was Hickman...100 years ago.
It's often suggested that Hickman's genius was wasted on the sea sled, he invented hundreds of other things to include the surface drive while trying to make the sea sled work.

We have a local builder that's done a dozen evolutions of the sea sled, I'll shoot a picture and post.
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Originally Posted by RLC2020 View Post
Cool boats to look at, but they ride like garbage in anything other than the slightest chop. I ran a 33' late model hickman and it was a blast, but a soaker and a pounder. There's a reason they don't make hulls like that any longer.
There are several reasons why the Hickman SeaSled is not with us today, ride among them, but it *is* remarkable how revolutionary his designs were, AND how little known they are today. The history of the Boston Whaler’s genesis is intimately related to the Hickman Sea Sled. Author Matthew Plunkett has a very good and concise history of it in his book: Unsinkable, The History of Boston Whaler.
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The Hickman Sea sled even had "steps" in addition to the surface piercing props. That was about 100 years ago .
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Both interesting, evolutionary (dead end with the hull as a "sea sled", but given rise to other "tri hulls"--not really a catamaran. The restoration looks like it was extensive, and a beautiful work of art now. I would not own one.
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Originally Posted by Tom W Clark View Post
There are several reasons why the Hickman SeaSled is not with us today, ride among them, but it *is* remarkable how revolutionary his designs were, AND how little known they are today. The history of the Boston Whaler’s genesis is intimately related to the Hickman Sea Sled. Author Matthew Plunkett has a very good and concise history of it in his book: Unsinkable, The History of Boston Whaler.
Hey Tom, absolutely agree he was a genius. Are you the same Tom I used to drink beer with at New pass? I restored a 69 whaler and had a 88 special evinrude
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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
It's often suggested that Hickman's genius was wasted on the sea sled, he invented hundreds of other things to include the surface drive while trying to make the sea sled work.

We have a local builder that's done a dozen evolutions of the sea sled, I'll shoot a picture and post.
Gerald
Here's a couple of them, there's several more. I've never ridden on one but in light of the fact that he continues to build them they must be working for him.







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I've been on a few NV's. They are nothing less than a serious arse beating with virtually no reedeming qualities.
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