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Old     (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       01-12-2006, 7:04 AM Reply   
That thing is crazy coool! I give that guy major props for doing that himself, and sticking with it for two and a half years! Wow.
Old     (fox)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-12-2006, 7:12 AM Reply   
It's a nice looking boat, very clean. Really looks like it is plowing a lot of water on pictures where they are slowing down though.
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       01-12-2006, 7:12 AM Reply   
Old     (showtime)      Join Date: Nov 2005       01-12-2006, 7:20 AM Reply   
Was waiting for this thread -- no need for added ballast huh? Agreed, looks very clean - hard to see what the wake really looks like though...
Old     (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       01-12-2006, 7:21 AM Reply   
Look on the front page. Yeah, it almost looks like the nose is going under in the pictures where they are slowing down, but I guess a lot of inboards look like that.

I figured the wake would be bigger than the pictures lead me to believe it was. There are a lot of other factors though in wakes other than the weight of the vessel.
Old     (jcv)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-12-2006, 7:23 AM Reply   
it shouldn't need ballast. the draft is 39", over a foot more than most wakeboats
Old     (cubanismo)      Join Date: Jan 2005       01-12-2006, 8:24 AM Reply   
Irregardless of the wake's size, I imagine that guy is the proudest boat owner on the lake. Mean props!
Old     (stanfield)      Join Date: Mar 2004       01-12-2006, 8:32 AM Reply   
Jeff, I was thinking the same thing. Drafts over 3 ft. Couldn't launch that thing where I do when it's low.

Boat looks wicked cool though, major props to anyone that just decides to build their own.

(Message edited by stanfield on January 12, 2006)
Old     (wakescene)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-12-2006, 8:38 AM Reply   
Huge Props, that thing is steller! He must have mad welding skills by now...
I'd bet it's solid as a rock in the chop.
Old     (erik_c)      Join Date: Jan 2005       01-12-2006, 8:51 AM Reply   
I guess this guy just owned all those do it you're self tower guys.
Old     (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       01-12-2006, 8:52 AM Reply   
Very impressive boat, talk about DIY. And at 6000lbs, no need for a ballast system!
Old     (jzd)      Join Date: Jul 2005       01-12-2006, 9:06 AM Reply   
What Boat ??? Any Pics ??
Old     (big_b)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-12-2006, 9:10 AM Reply   
Jerry, to to the home page. theres a whole article about it. and yes, there are pics
Old     (kybool)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-12-2006, 9:26 AM Reply   
yeah, pretty cool. Look like most of his design came from the 210.
Old     (jzd)      Join Date: Jul 2005       01-12-2006, 9:33 AM Reply   
Thank You Brad !!
Old     (psudy)      Join Date: Dec 2003       01-12-2006, 10:18 AM Reply   
THat is one of the coolest things I have seen in a while.
Old     (kevin_bird)      Join Date: Dec 2002       01-12-2006, 10:36 AM Reply   
thats is crazy. How much did it cost total in the end? and how many man hours went into it? This guy must know his stuff really well to jump into a project like that.
Old     (guido)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-12-2006, 10:54 AM Reply   
I especially like the idea of the turbo diesel motor. Kinda surprised other boat companies haven't gotten on that yet.

All in all a very clean job, although I can't imagine it ending up being too much cheaper than just buying a used boat (at least in this country).
Old     (greatdane)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-12-2006, 10:58 AM Reply   
Thats awesome.

Kinda puts boat companies to shame.

The motor is so far forward it allows for great seating in the back. But, the boat also looks nose heavy. Are you putting ballast in the back?

I am wondering how bad rust issues will play out over time?
Old     (tedesco)      Join Date: Jan 2006       01-12-2006, 11:58 AM Reply   
I was thinking just that. If you add materials and man hours it probably came out more expensive than a used boat, but on the other hand doing it all by himself was a great accomplishment.
Congratulations man, parabéns!

Old     (jhoward)      Join Date: Nov 2004       01-12-2006, 12:41 PM Reply   
I can't even build a BLT with out F'ing it up, let alone build a boat. Skillz and dedication! Need to bring that to a boat show. Good luck trailering that any where? Over all, very impressed.
Old     (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       01-12-2006, 12:43 PM Reply   
I like the rear interior configuration, impressive overall to say the least.
Old     (jonm)      Join Date: Jan 2002       01-12-2006, 12:44 PM Reply   
That is an awesome accomplishment. Unbelievable.

I am way too lazy for something like that. I might have just got a second job in the evenings and bought a boat with the earnings. I would never enjoy it as much he will that beauty though.
Old     (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       01-12-2006, 12:52 PM Reply   
I have often thought a metal skin below the rubrail on the hull of a boat would be unique, maybe I think that because my gel coat is so faded though.
Old     (norcalmalibu)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-12-2006, 1:28 PM Reply   
Hands down one of the coolest boats produced, 6k dry weight with a deisel and good seating, he did it right for sure. I bet he really realized he did it right when they asked him to use his boat to town the brazilian open.
Old     (ridetilldeath)      Join Date: Oct 2005       01-12-2006, 4:17 PM Reply   
yea props to him
except ill bet it cost more money than a used boat! im guessing 20,000-30,000. although he has the bragging rights! i mean c'mon, anyone who is not amazed by seeing a guy build his own boat from the ground up needs shot!
Old     (bill)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-12-2006, 4:18 PM Reply   
someone please tell the guy the interview not over until we get some more info and pics :-) ..I want to know how much it cost to build and defintly some still shots of the wake from the side view with rider standing next to it plus some video of the riders throwing something off of it..Also a good shot of the bottom of the boat.IM not asking much but this needs to be addded in a follow up interview .

Nice job though looks like an 80s model nauty .I give him kudos for all the effort and it looks great....
Old     (greenpinky)      Join Date: Apr 2004       01-12-2006, 5:45 PM Reply   
Alright, that's two who have taken it upon themselves to build their own boat. How many others could be doing this?
Old     (sylv2080)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-12-2006, 5:52 PM Reply   
Yeah I really like that seating!!! That is about the same seating as the Malibu XTi21 and XTi23!!! Awesome seating....if you are like me and have to have a DD on our V-drives allowed!!!!!! MAJOR DOWNER! Yeah the diesel motor would be sweet!!!!!
Old     (dmcguirt23)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-12-2006, 7:28 PM Reply   
thats the coolest build up i've seen in a long time. beats 4x4 buildups by a long shot in my opinion. now thats a rewarding project! i hope to be able to do that some day. noone is going to be able to brag to him about their boat ever again.
Old     (toyotafreak)      Join Date: Sep 2003       01-13-2006, 9:41 AM Reply   
Great job!!!

Too bad he already named it, though. That'd be a good thread.
Old     (bbeach)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-13-2006, 11:31 AM Reply   
This is completely impressive! I wonder what type of experience this guy has had before this project with boats, or engineering, etc? I bet this thing is just a tank! I wonder how impervious this boat would be to hitting things underwater, probably a bit more resistant to damage than a glass boat!

Old     (player)      Join Date: Aug 2004       01-13-2006, 11:38 AM Reply   
i rode on it, its a pretty amazing boat considering that he built it himself, its got a nice wake aswell compared to most of the normal brazilian ones.
Old    ely            01-22-2006, 6:11 PM Reply   
Wow.. I'm his brother and I just saw this tread today!Thanks to Jonathan.. Tomorrow I'll tell him about this and I'm sure that he will be very glad to answer all your questions... We have a lot more pics and some videos. I know a lot of things about the boat, but i think he can speak better than me!
Old     (bbeach)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-23-2006, 10:02 AM Reply   
post some vids!!! more pics!

(Message edited by bbeach on January 23, 2006)
Old    rodrigo_px            01-23-2006, 11:14 AM Reply   
More wicked than this boat are the guys behind the boat. They represent the true spirit of the wakeboarding. All things in this boat are perfect and it´s home made!!! Brazilian way!!!

Why we need the american´s boats if we have the Ely´s Family!!
Old    fabio_ely            01-24-2006, 7:10 AM Reply   
I saw these topics today.
If you have doubts, comments please email me at
Fabio Ely - owner of the boat
Old     (wakeguru)      Join Date: Feb 2003       01-24-2006, 7:36 AM Reply   
Great job on the build...truly amazing effort.

The only thing that would concern me is this:

Ride hard!

Old     (rmack)      Join Date: Jul 2005       01-24-2006, 8:00 AM Reply   
The boat weighs 6000lbs, and he's powered by a v-6 diesel? Doesn't that seen odd. And his tower is a direct copy of the flight control tower, even the board racks. The boat looks like a super air. Again, somethings odd.
Old    fabio_ely            01-24-2006, 8:29 AM Reply   
Some questions that I saw above:

wake: it is very big because of the weight. you know, more ballast in the boat, bigger the wake. try in your boat to put ballast and you will see.
of course, there is a important feature: the shape of the bottom of the hull. I have studied a lot of boats before build the free rider.

draft: the draft of free rider is bigger than the other wake boats because of the size of the propeller + the weight of the boat, but the main factor is the size of the propeller, diameter 19".

cost: about US$25K but you have to consider that I built all with my father. it is cheaper than hire people.

rust: there isnt rust in the boat, I´m riding with free rider more than one year and i didnt see any trace of rust in the boat. it is important to say that I use the boat only in fresh water. and I dont get out the boat of the water, the boat stays in garage on the water. always floating on the water. It is very cool, I dont have lost of time and work to put the boat on the lake, just call friends, go riding.

more questions: send an email to
Old     (ktmwakeboarder)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-24-2006, 2:33 PM Reply   
That's so awesome, you are my new hero Good job! It looks like a lot of fun, and even more so when you can actually say you built the entire thing!
Old     (bigshow)      Join Date: Feb 2005       01-24-2006, 3:11 PM Reply   
Ryan, that's an I-6 diesel. What's odd about that, the weight or the diesel? I would guess that the weight is largely due the steel hull. The diesel probably weighs about the same as a gas V-8. A diesel should have very good torque, a very good power package choice.

It would be interesting to hear if Fabio has tried wake surfing on his awesome boat, though it might be difficult to weigh a 6000 pound boat to make it list for wake surfing.

(Message edited by Bigshow on January 24, 2006)
Old     (wakedoctor)      Join Date: Dec 2004       01-24-2006, 7:27 PM Reply   
It does look like a Nautique, but that is what is awsome about it. I mean they are good looking boats. He said it was a 6 cylinder but from the looks of it it's an I-6. Same thing dodge runs so you know it will push that little 6k
Old    fabio_ely            01-25-2006, 2:20 AM Reply   

Its a I-6 engine, the weight of the engine + gear is about 700Kg (I dont know in pounds because we dont use pounds here in Brazil).

I have never tried to wakesurf behind.
Old     (bbeach)      Join Date: Jul 2002       01-25-2006, 11:47 AM Reply   
Fabio -

What is the top end speed?
Old     (wakescene)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-25-2006, 12:03 PM Reply   
700Kg converts to just over 1500lbs.

Amazing job Fabio! Keep posting pictures and video, we all want to see more of your creation.
Old    fabio_ely            01-26-2006, 10:01 AM Reply   
top speed 26mph
I will get more pictures and videos to send.
Old    moombarider132            01-27-2006, 5:04 PM Reply   
lol figures

anyhoo serious props for building your own boat i just wanna come down to brazil to ride behind it!
Old     (ktmwakeboarder)      Join Date: Jun 2004       01-27-2006, 6:58 PM Reply   
hm, I wonder how long it takes to get up on plane
Old    fabio_ely            01-31-2006, 2:17 AM Reply   
close to 10 seconds to plane.

(Message edited by fabio_ely on January 31, 2006)
Old     (wakescene)      Join Date: Feb 2001       01-31-2006, 10:32 AM Reply   
How well does the boat handle choppy water?
Old    coelho            02-01-2006, 5:00 PM Reply   
E aí Fabio, tudo blz?
Parabéns pelo barco, muito irado!
Se puder, põe umas fotos das marolas (tiradas de dentro do barco) pra galera ver.


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