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    Default Taft Bumble bee???

    I bought one of these at a garage sale over the summer and cant find any info on it. Its fiberglass and about 8 feet long, and I guess it would be called a tunnel hull. It was last stickered in 1979 and is in great shape. Its hanging in my garage for wall art now but I'm looking for any info I can get,, thanks

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    Default Re: Taft Bumble bee???

    Welcome to the forum. As to the boat, pictures would help.
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    HI.....welcome to iboats.

    there was many manufactures of boats and many different styles.

    to fully help you we would need pictures of the craft.

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    Default Re: Taft Bumble bee???

    Not sure how to do pics, I'll try to get them.Its a small single seater about 8 foot long and 4 foot wide, on each side of the seating area molded in the fiberglass it says Taft bumble bee.
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    Default Re: Taft Bumble bee???

    what info are you looking for bud?

    what do you need to know.?

    im guessing that the motor size would be around 20 hp max.
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    Default Re: Taft Bumble bee???

    Cool! Basically looks like a fiberglass version of any one of the 1950s/1960s era home-brew 8-foot hydroplanes made from Popular Mechanics type plans. I agree that you wouldn't want to put anything too large on it maybe a 15hp max - I think 20 would be pushing it. Kill switch and lifejacket would be mandatory, too!
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    Also, post your pics over on Fiberglassics.com - they LOVE the mini boats over there. Plus, a few of their members are quite knowledgeable about them in general... Might get some more history on them!
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    Looking for any info but would like to know what to use for fuel tank..

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    a standard out board low rise fuel tank is the one for that boat
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