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Belle Isle Strut angle

Posted: Thu May 16, 2013 6:30 pm
by Two J's
billy c
I have been admiring your "belle isle" for some time and can only hope mine turns out half as nice. I have finished the first layer of cold molding and want to plan on drilling the prop shaft hole when the bottom is finished. The plan is for a Mercruiser 350 MPI but I can't bite that bullet yet. I think you have a similar engine and I thought you might share the strut angle and shaft length with me. The hull is so low to the floor that my chubby butt has a hard time getting under it to set up an engine mockup. I would like to use a 13" prop and I figure I would use the rudder setup that was suggested with the plans. I spoke with Gayle this morning but we were not sure as to the strut to use. I appreciate any advice you might offer. Thanks

Re: Belle Isle Strut angle

Posted: Fri May 17, 2013 6:37 pm
by billy c
hi Jim-
thanks for the kudos on my Belle. :D
yes the engine is a big chunk of $$ but is so sweet in the boat. nice to have reliable power too. is pretty much plug and play.
on the strut and prop shaft...
here are the parts i used:
MS22 150: Buck Algonquin® Marine Hardware -- Underwater Hardware -- Main Struts
SHAFT A-19: Aqualoy Stainless Propeller Shaft A_19 - 78 1/2" x 1" - Single Taper
...had the shaft cut to final length after the driveline and engine were in place.

Re: Belle Isle Strut angle

Posted: Sat May 18, 2013 10:14 am
by Two J's
Thanks for the help billy. This thing really looks like a boat and who knows it might even float.