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Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-11-2008, 10:39 AM Reply   
Here are the pics I have so far of the 2008 Tomcat build...

All hand taped... process took 3 guys 3 hours to do.

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Adding the gel... this process took 36 man hours on this boat. pretty crazy.
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The Fiberglass guys work b*lls to the wall man. 5 guys worked 12 hours straight and I barely saw them stop for a second. If you think you have a hard job, i'd recommend watching these dudes for 1 day.
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Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-11-2008, 10:44 AM Reply   
Adding the stringers

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Removing the deck from the mold

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Removing the hull from the mold
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Deck and Hull butt fitted together, about to be fiberglassed together to fuse the entire piece.
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Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-11-2008, 10:47 AM Reply   
I think this is where they do the first gelcoat detail and fix any blems
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ZR6 Engine!
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2400 of integrated ballast in the hull, still tons of storage room.
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Fill and Drains in 60 seconds, the new ballast system.
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Old    Tommy G (tommyg)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-11-2008, 10:50 AM Reply   
not trying to talk smack, but do those prongs on the front serve any other purpose besides making it necessary to have a good foot plus of extra depth available in your garage?

Maybe some folks like that look, but it sure does seem impractical.
Old    Kevin (deltaboy)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-11-2008, 11:25 AM Reply   
Looks great Ian! Have fun with it.
Old    Chris Phelps (cpizzle)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-11-2008, 11:51 AM Reply   
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe they add a little boyancy to the front if the nose is about to get stuffed. ??

Probably mostly just a style thing since the bow is wider than most boats.
Old    Nick Schrein (wakeboardern1)      Join Date: Aug 2007       03-11-2008, 11:57 AM Reply   
Does anyone know anything about slalom skiing behind one of these things? My dad won't get a boat unless he can do that behind the boat... Would just need to be able to recreationally ride behind it... but still... Cause I may try to get him to look at these if they're vaguely decent at 30+ for that...
Old    Stewart (stewart)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-11-2008, 12:00 PM Reply   
Nice colors.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-11-2008, 12:16 PM Reply   
Nick, i sent you an email. contact Alan S at SouthernSkiboats.com. My understanding is that the B52V throws a very nice ski wake at 30+. Plus, he's got some insane boat show deals right now and a new 2008 B52V with the new tower on it that looks very nice.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-11-2008, 12:20 PM Reply   
Oh, and I think the purpose of the longer forks is to trap air under the bow so that the boat planes faster and rides smoother. It definitely dates back to Mike's racing days. Now, i'm no engineer but it probably has some cosmetic reasoning as well.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       03-11-2008, 1:19 PM Reply   
It is very difficult to dunk the bow on a Tomcat. It only happened once last year on our Tomcat with 80 hrs.
Old    jeff goldblum (jeffcanary62)      Join Date: Apr 2003       03-11-2008, 1:37 PM Reply   
We were on the tomcat for a demo, there was a lot of people in the bow and it didn't come close to going under.

The one time Alan was talking about I'm pretty sure was a combination of a huge double up from the tomcat and us picking up a fallen rider in a b-52.

We would be happy to test out the slalom ski potential of Our MB this season. We will do a full write up for everyone.
Old    Stewart (stewart)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-11-2008, 2:40 PM Reply   
Are you doing an aftermarket tower?
Old    Bill Johnson (tigerules)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-11-2008, 2:47 PM Reply   

quote:

By Alan Slabaugh (alans) on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 1:19 pm:

It is very difficult to dunk the bow on a Tomcat. It only happened once last year on our Tomcat with 80 hrs.




Just take it through the narrows at powell at about 1 PM, that will do it for sure...
Old    tj (tj_in_kc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-11-2008, 3:15 PM Reply   
awesome boat Ian!!!!
Old    Michael Brammer (lknboarder)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-11-2008, 9:06 PM Reply   
sick boat can't to see some in-water pics
Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-12-2008, 5:52 AM Reply   
"Oh, and I think the purpose of the longer forks is to trap air under the bow so that the boat planes faster and rides smoother."

At twenty five miles an hour?

I don't lean one way our the other on the pickle fork debate, but using that type of logic is crazy talk Mr.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-12-2008, 6:11 AM Reply   
hmm, could have sworn that is what I remembered reading somewhere. Like I said, i'm no engineer, just rehashing the info (albeit possibly incorrectly) Hey, but it is a forum, 50% of what you read online is most likely bs anyway :-) :-) :-)
Old    Nick (bird_dog0347)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-12-2008, 7:02 AM Reply   
63.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot as well.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-12-2008, 7:09 AM Reply   
60% of the time, it works everytime.
Old    NAW (ripr)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-12-2008, 7:15 AM Reply   
Ian-That boat is hot bro...should get lots of attention at the MWM events that you can make it too. Been awhile since we've had a new MB around these parts...Can't wait to session it.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-12-2008, 7:24 AM Reply   
NAW, it will be at the demo event in May. I'll give pulls all day long. HOpe to have the new 21 footer at the boot camp in August to demo there as well.
Old    CJB (goodwin)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-12-2008, 7:57 AM Reply   
Nice! You'll love the ZR6. Are you going with Tidal Audio for the tower speakers?
Got any more spy photos of the 21 foot Tomcat or B52's with the picklefork?
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-12-2008, 8:36 AM Reply   
No more spy shots. Sorry.
For tower speakers Duane from NVS hooked me up with a pair of Tyrants and a Zapco Reference 1000.4 amp.

Here is the update from last night on pics. Not much of a visible change though.


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Old    Cliff Griffin (seattle)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-12-2008, 1:44 PM Reply   
Love the charcoal / white combo btw. Conservative and classy all the way.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-12-2008, 2:45 PM Reply   
thanks Cliff, here is my daily fix from MB

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Old    kevin mcginty (kmcginty)      Join Date: Sep 2005       03-12-2008, 2:52 PM Reply   
What is the purpose of the pair of legs. Is that incase you get tired riding and need new legs? Did MB throw those in as a bonus? The rest looks sweet
Old    MIKE O (batman)      Join Date: Nov 2001       03-12-2008, 7:00 PM Reply   
You are gonna love that boat! I have been in one several times and the wake is awesome and that thing is so stable going over rollers! The forks keep water from coming over the bow. We actually tried to bury one and couldn't do it. Good Luck!
Old    Shawn Hammond (eargasm)      Join Date: May 2007       03-12-2008, 8:00 PM Reply   
Kevin- HAHA, took me a minute!

Ian- Tomcat is looking sweet. Congrats, keep us updated. You're gonna love that boat.
Old    Stewart (stewart)      Join Date: Feb 2006       03-13-2008, 9:59 AM Reply   
I like the look of the boat, but is there an option for a different tower?
Old    The Board Shack (boardshack)      Join Date: Feb 2005       03-13-2008, 10:10 AM Reply   
Ian, Congrats and enjoy. Color combo looks great.
Old    Chris Phelps (cpizzle)      Join Date: Sep 2007       03-13-2008, 10:25 AM Reply   
yeah, I never seen a pair of legs installed in a boat like that. They're usually mounted on the transom.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-13-2008, 10:27 AM Reply   
people get really freaked out when they see the torso installed in the glove box.
Old    Luke Savage (savage)      Join Date: Mar 2008       03-13-2008, 3:27 PM Reply   
I'm really starting to like the MB's. Nice boat for sure! Congrats
Old    Michael Brammer (lknboarder)      Join Date: Jan 2008       03-13-2008, 8:23 PM Reply   
Looks like a boat now when do you get it
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-13-2008, 8:45 PM Reply   
hopefully soon. The boat is was finished today, but it was still in the shop so the pics I got were pretty much the same as yesterday. The NVS system is getting installed on Monday so I'm hoping to have full side, front, interior, etc pics on Monday night. Hope to get the boat here by the first of April! I'm waiting for my shipper www.osborneinboardtransport.com to go out to CA so he can backhaul it to me in IA. Kyle is a great guy btw, if you need a boat shipped, he's the man.
Old    Brett Treiber (pc_sledge)      Join Date: Jan 2006       03-14-2008, 4:29 AM Reply   
Ian, NAW, anyone have dates for the 08 militia events yet? Been checking the website but it is showing 07 stuff still.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-14-2008, 4:49 AM Reply   
May 16 - 18 for the Demo, First week of August (he said he was pretty sure on that date) for the Boot Camp.
Old    SS (illini88)      Join Date: Oct 2007       03-14-2008, 5:29 AM Reply   
Ian, when is that thing hitting OakRun. I have a feeling I'll hear it before I see it.
Old    NAW (ripr)      Join Date: Mar 2002       03-14-2008, 7:01 AM Reply   
Brett-

Ian is right, I will post the flyer as soon as the Boot Camp date change is made.

May Demo Day
May 16-18

Boot Camp
August 2-3

Fall Fallout
September 27-28

Feel free to Email me if you have any questions.

Great looking ride Ian.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-14-2008, 7:14 AM Reply   
still waiting on those full side view pics when the boat is outside. But this is what they sent me last night.

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Old    Tommy G (tommyg)      Join Date: Apr 2002       03-14-2008, 8:00 AM Reply   
As a buddy of mine likes to say..."the world looks great through a new windshield".

Enjoy the new ride, very classy color combo. Looks nice.
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       03-14-2008, 8:04 AM Reply   
Ian, is that a Piping Delete boat?
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-14-2008, 8:49 AM Reply   
yeah, i didn't do the colored piping vertically but only on the flat surfaces. I prefer a more conservative look :-) I really like the red/white B52V you guys have with the all white interior. For my next one, i might do something similar.
Old    Luciano Grimblat (luchog)      Join Date: Jun 2002       03-14-2008, 9:19 AM Reply   
Does the floor on the cockpit go over the lips on the deck/interior piece?

or is this photo from a incomplete assembly?

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Old    Charles (chas)      Join Date: Feb 2002       03-14-2008, 9:52 AM Reply   
I think you need to bring it by the shop and do some crazy tunes in that thing
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-14-2008, 10:15 AM Reply   
Hey Chas, I already have NVS Tyrants going in it. I also live in Iowa so that makes it a little tougher :-) The install on that is supposed to happen Monday.
Old     (fatsac)      Join Date: Jun 2004       03-14-2008, 11:07 AM Reply   
Good call on the piping. I like the conservative with a shade of gnarly look. The Tomcat is so far from other designs in terms of feel and looks. Having been in a couple, I can't compare it to another boat.
I do wish they would come up with a different bimini design. A Z-cargo (sp) style would look sick!
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-14-2008, 12:36 PM Reply   
a Z5 would be nice. when the boat gets here I'm going to take off the canvas on the bimini and send it over to John at towerbiminis.com and have him make me one that is blue with white swooshes to match the boat. Should look pretty cool (i hope)
Old    Ben Kerran            03-14-2008, 1:32 PM Reply   
Beautiful Boat. Grey and white is a classy combo....I like it.
Old    Brett Treiber (pc_sledge)      Join Date: Jan 2006       03-17-2008, 6:27 AM Reply   
Thanks for the dates guys. I always look forward to boot camp and fall fallout, hopefully I'll run up in May to try out that sweet ass Tomcat!
Old    Cody Kauzlarich (codykauz)      Join Date: Jul 2007       03-17-2008, 9:08 AM Reply   
hey ian what lake do you usually ride on?
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-17-2008, 10:49 AM Reply   
we have a cabin on a lake by Galesburg, IL. I live right close to the Mississippi so it's jsut about 45 minutes to our cabin.
Old    Nacho (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       03-17-2008, 11:14 AM Reply   
i love how the blue arcs were freehanded in the gel and match the vinyl arcs perfectly. beautiful boat.

love the interior too.
Old    Ian Brown (wakereviews)      Join Date: Sep 2006       03-17-2008, 11:58 AM Reply   
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Old    Sinko (sinkoumn)      Join Date: Jan 2007       03-17-2008, 12:14 PM Reply   
Awesome! Dude that's sick, can't wait until I can swing the custom order new boat goodness

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