Rip Tide is a 17.5″ wedge shaped cruiser. It will run on a 1.3L Suzuki engine for thrust and a 16 hp Kohler engine for lift. The hull is nearly ready for finish sanding, paint, and installation of the controls. However, work on this craft is temporarily on hold to enable full time development of the LSX prototype.

Construction galleries up to the present time are below:

Hull Construction
Lift Duct
Topside Construction
Thrust Duct
Thrust Duct Bracing
Geo Engine Extraction
Geo Engine Cleanup and Paint
Geo Engine Stand
Geo Flywheel Adapter

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