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Robob2003 posted 09-02-2004 08:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for Robob2003   Send Email to Robob2003  
I am doing some research on hydrofoils to improve performance, specifically getting up on plane quicker since I fish a lot in shallow water.

I have seen this product mentioned in searches of old threads on CW.

I particularly like the fact that it was mentioned that the motor need not be drilled to install it.

Does anybody have contact or availability information on this product?

Also would welcome experiences with this and other brands.

Thanks in advance,

Bob on Tampa Bay

4whaler posted 09-02-2004 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
I have one on my GLS II 15ft'r. Its well worth the money and
and yes no drilling required. Here is a link to a picture on my web site. If you delete the file name by back spacing across it in the URL address line in your browser, and hit enter again you see the entire directory with more photos of it.

Grand Isle Marine makes them. Contact at 321-452-8126

Robob2003 posted 09-02-2004 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Robob2003  Send Email to Robob2003     
Thank you for all of the good information.

The pics answer a lot of questions.

I'll contact them today.

Bob on Tampa Bay

Robob2003 posted 09-02-2004 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Robob2003  Send Email to Robob2003     
Thanks for the info.

I called and the man told me they are no longer in production for my older Johnson. He didn't seem too anxious to get out the old templates and custom make just one. If he did it would cost.

Thanks again.

SpeedBump posted 09-02-2004 08:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for SpeedBump  Send Email to SpeedBump     
I had a similar situation with my Nissan 70, the owner stated he had never made one for a Nissan, I gave him engine model# and lower unit specs. I even offered to send him a plywood template of the lower unit cav plate. He took my Phone number but I haven't heard from him since. He really didn't sound very promising on the phone about making one.
JohnJ80 posted 09-05-2004 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
The guy who owns this company is a retired marine architect. He almost does this for fun. There are so many new motors that it keeps him pretty busy. That is why no website etc...

He has to make a template for a lower unit, then find a motor to verify that it works. So, they concentrate on motors that are prevalent in the industry.

I believe he is in FL and if that's the case, he IS pretty busy right now.


happypappy posted 09-08-2004 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for happypappy  Send Email to happypappy     
If it's the same man, his name is Tom Happel. He builds quality products.
I ran one of his designs on a modified V8 Johnson powered outboard drag boat and it worked flawlessly for years.
Tom is definitely in the business to keep him occupied/not stressed.
WT posted 01-19-2005 06:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I just ordered a Turbo Lift from Tom Happel. It is constructed out of 304 marine stainless steel and cost $165.

I hope to plane faster and at a slower speed. It should be very useful for rough seas.


stefan posted 01-20-2005 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for stefan  Send Email to stefan     
this may be a dumb Q, but why don't you just start out w/ dolefins?- I put them on my outrage, and noticed a great improvement
plus that's alot less cha-ching
WT posted 01-20-2005 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

Reasons for buying Turbo Lift:

1) Recommended by someone at Boston Whaler
2) No drilling.
3) Interchangeable. (Tom Happel said all Mercury lower units are the same so I can use my Turbo Lift on another Mercury Outboard from 50-200 HP)
4) High quality materials. (Made from 304 marine stainless steel, same as my prop)

I called Boston Whaler customer service and spoke to a gentleman there a few months ago. I called to see if they might recommend a fin. I was quite surprised when the gentleman told me that he would get the Turbo Lift.

Why spend more cabbage? I'm a sucker for buying things under the presumption of higher quality.

I'll post my perception of the Turbo Lift after a test run. (You never know, you may see a Turbo Lift for sale, cheap, in the Marketplace Forum.)


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