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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon Pro Tunnel 11' tunnelboat for motors up to 35 hp
or GT Pro class racing
Pro Tunnel Info
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$55.00
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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon Laker 14 14' recreational tunnelboat for
60-80 hp motors for
Laker 14 Info.
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$60.00
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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon Sport C Tunnel 11'7" tunnelboat for Sport C class racingSport C Info
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$55.00
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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon Laker SC12 NEW!
12'3" tunnelboat for 40-60 hp motors
or Sport C class racing
Laker SC12 Tunnel Info.
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$55.00
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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon Mini Tunnel Redesigned in 2014
10' 3" tunnelboat suitable for motors
15-30 hp or GT Pro class racing
Mini Tunnel Info
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$50.00
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Build your own racing tunnel boat Dillon EZ Tunnel 10'10" tunnelboat for up to 35 hp, especially designed for simplified constructionEZ Tunnel Info
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$55.00
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Tunnel boats fly over the water on the lift created by their airfoil-shaped hulls and the air trapped and compressed between their sponsons. Plus, they turn sharper than any other vehicle on water or land. The fastest outboard boats in the world are tunnels. But you don't have to be a Champboat driver or Formula 1 racer to enjoy a tunnelboat. Perhaps you'd like to race, or maybe you just want to go fast. One of my tunnel boats, with a moderate-sized motor, will give you what you crave. And furthermore you'll have the fun and the sense of accomplishment that comes from building your own boat.

Since 2006 these Dillon-designed boats have won races and championships in American Powerboat Association races, and in 2011 made their debut at the OPC National Championships in Kankakee, IL. My plans have been purchased by amateur and pro builders around the world.

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I am currently offering plans for six tunnel boats, as seen in the photos displayed above. Please follow the links under the photos to make a purchase, or to find further information about the individual designs.

In the beginning....

I designed the Dillon Mini Tunnel in 2005 because there was nothing on the plans market that could pass for a serious, small racing tunnelboat. I raced that boat in our Mini GT class in 2006, won nearly all the races, and captured the highpoints championship.

I designed and built the Dillon Pro Tunnel in the winter of 2009, and sold it to Jeff Larson of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It has proven to be quick off the starting line, fast down the straightaways, and tight around the buoys. Jeff won six of eleven races in 2009, and finished second in the GT Pro Highpoints Championship. The boat has changed hands a couple of times since then, and continues to be competitive for young racers just getting started in racing.

The Dillon EZ Tunnel is the result of my desire to simpify the tunnelboat building process, with an eye on those who have never built a boat before, or with limited tools, help or resources. I have eliminated unnecessary angles and curves, and replaced all the long stringers with bench-cut plywood bulkheads and girders. A little boxy compared to other tunnels, it is nevertheless a fast boat, achieving 48 mph in its first test run, and has settled in at 48.5 mph with a slightly modified OMC propeller.

See also my V-Bottom Boats.


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