New Full Deck Sled Being Built By Derek Eaker

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New Full Deck Sled Being Built By Derek Eaker

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After spending an afternoon at the AAOF barbeque last spring, two things were very clear. I love spending time with family and friends outdoors and I wanted a new airboat! A few days after this event, I contacted Tray about building an airboat and he recommended Derek Eaker. After our initial meeting and seeing his work, I new right away he was the right guy to build my dream airboat. Here are few pictures of the new build and Derek himself...

12x7 full deck 7075 T6 .125 Bottom .63 top
Derek Eaker (D&E Metalworks) In Homestead Fl.
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Re: New Full Deck Sled Being Built By Derek Eaker

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0520 with new 10:1 custom forged Ross pistons waiting for the sled...
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Those homestead boys build some nice sleds gonna keep my eyes on this one
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He definitely builds a nice boat! Keep us updated on the build!
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You won't be disappointed
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Nice looking Boat. Can you post D&Es phone number I would like to talk to him!

Thanks.
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786 412 9018
"BUZZ KILL"

12x6.8 .090 thousands 1/2 deck hunt boat with .125 backup plates and a lil' sheet of stainless. 0540 s/v spinning 5 blade sabers.....Ready to party.

Built by D&E Metal works in Homestead, FL: (786) 412-9018
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Derek does great work and stands by what he says!!
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heater17 wrote:Derek does great work and stands by what he says!!
Amen! That is what I got from him the moment I met him. Some more pics to share...
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Derek is moving right along, bow cap is in...
Looks great Derek!!!
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How tall is your transom going to be?
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Mug its looking great. Keep the pics coming.
I took the RED PILL and am staying in wonderland to see how deep the rabbit hole goes!

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JPerkins323 wrote:How tall is your transom going to be?
8- 1/2
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That boat looks fast standing still.
You got a projected finish date?
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Very nice!!!
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glades cat wrote:That boat looks fast standing still.
You got a projected finish date?

Thank you Rick,

I don`t Rick have a date Rick. However, it should be done by the end of the year...
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12x7 7075T6 .125 Bottom Full Deck....
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Tony480 wrote:Very nice!!!

Thank you Tony...
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2014 Derek Eaker sled with a IO540 5 Blade Saber....
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derek will have it done sooner then you think,and then off runnin with building another 12 footer for jay,he definately puts all his pride into every boat he builds. :thumbleft: :rebel:
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simpleman wrote:derek will have it done sooner then you think,and then off runnin with building another 12 footer for jay,he definately puts all his pride into every boat he builds. :thumbleft: :rebel:

Derek does take a lot of pride to make sure everything lines up straight and balanced. Jay and I put the orders the same day we met with Derek. We decided for my boat to get started first. Since my build started I have gone over many times to see his progress and every time I show up I see significant progress. We made a great choice to have a true set up person building our boats.
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cuban cracker wrote:Mug its looking great. Keep the pics coming.

Thank you CC! Will do; I`m driving down there tomorrow to hang out with Derek....
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Thats a really skinny boat, will it float if sitting still in deep choppy water. I know its a deck over and will not fill with water, just an amaizing looking boat to me. In comparison my sides are 32" at the transom. I'd lov to strap a big moose on the deck of that boat and take it to the ramp. Bud
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akblackdawg wrote:Thats a really skinny boat, will it float if sitting still in deep choppy water. I know its a deck over and will not fill with water, just an amaizing looking boat to me. In comparison my sides are 32" at the transom. I'd lov to strap a big moose on the deck of that boat and take it to the ramp. Bud

It will float with no problem Bud. However, even though it is a full deck we still need to be careful in deep water....
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akblackdawg wrote:Thats a really skinny boat, will it float if sitting still in deep choppy water. I know its a deck over and will not fill with water, just an amaizing looking boat to me. In comparison my sides are 32" at the transom. I'd lov to strap a big moose on the deck of that boat and take it to the ramp. Bud
The sawgrass tends to break up any chop that happens to make it this far inward from the ocean :lol: the most chop your find in the glades is when some fat drunk guy jumps in at the swimming hole. Lol I love that hull. That things going to be a rocket. I love the short slim hulls.
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JPerkins323 wrote:
akblackdawg wrote:Thats a really skinny boat, will it float if sitting still in deep choppy water. I know its a deck over and will not fill with water, just an amaizing looking boat to me. In comparison my sides are 32" at the transom. I'd lov to strap a big moose on the deck of that boat and take it to the ramp. Bud
The sawgrass tends to break up any chop that happens to make it this far inward from the ocean :lol: the most chop your find in the glades is when some fat drunk guy jumps in at the swimming hole. Lol I love that hull. That things going to be a rocket. I love the short slim hulls.

Your boat runs awesome. Not only is it fast but it rides smooth as silk. Derek built that thing to go over anything too!
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That boat looks like a real hot rod, bet it would be fun as he!! to run around on, like driving a sports car or motorcycle compared to a bus, or in my case, a barge. Bud
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