Only takes 8 minutes to build a sea flea - who knew? 8 day build and test runs of a mini max with 9.9 Merc. somewhere in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario. Commentary with time tags below: 0:26 - had to replace switch on old table saw 0:58 - twisting together the bow to close the "gore" was a gruesome task - lots small passes removing material with circular saw 2:20 - about this point we realized nothing lined up the way it does in the plans...the stringers were too short!...PL premium 8X used to fill the gap...then lots of sanding/rasping 3:05 - also added a second transom pad between the stringers to ensure PL was not the only thing holding things together 3:28 - while it rained, worked on the motor board... 3:36 - to get angle of motorboard "correct", made a small sample piece and tried the angle cut...the first angle was too steep so glad I did so (oursis slightly more vertical than the plans) 4:51 - I lose it trying to get "tee nuts" to line up with bolts...FIRST - clamp the nut with your vice grips, SECOND make sure somebody at HomeDepot did not switch 32 turn with 24 turn nuts. I got about 8 of 14 to take. I used plain old 1 1/2 inch stainless screws where the tee nuts failed...likely could have used all screws instead of tee nuts 5:29 - hacking off screw and bolt ends - screws cut flush - another strike against tee nuts in my book 6:19 - red handled kitchen scissors on bottom of boat - used for fiber-glassing...don't tell. 8:12 - put some sort of metal on your motorboard where the engine clamps - the scrap tin seen here covers some rather nasty gouges from the maiden voyage! 9:35 - after swamping - and almost sinking - the boat twice in the first two days, second guessing the choice to cut out the holes in the stringers, may fiberglass them in this winter.
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On Saturday July 5, Muskoka Seaflea, in association with the Toronto Antique and Classic Boat Society conducted our "Seaflea" building workshop for kids. Taking place at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre workshop, our "Dream Team" constructed two Mini Max seafleas in just four hours. This eight minute retrospective documents our process during that morning.
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This tutorial was originally published in 2001 as a Flash presentation on our website. We have now converted it to a video format to make it easier to view for those of you who do not, or can not install the Flash Player. (iPhone people mostly) Enjoy.
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Built a mini max hydroplane from scratch over the course of a year and finally took it out on the water for its first test drive. Had fun building the boat with my kids and dad, and then the day on the lake testing it out was fabulous......Jim Rather
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Fritti 5 was the last of the original Muskoka Seaflea Mini Most XL boats to get in the water. It took over seven years to get this seaflea built and we finally have exclusive video of our inaugural run last year. After a few tweaks (see our "Waterfalls Over the Transom" video, we hit the waves of Kahshe Lake in Muskoka to shoot some multi-camera video. Top speed (as of this shooting) was only 37 MPH...I was hoping for 40 plus MPH...but with some more fine tuning and with the addition of trim tabs to be installed this spring, I hope to break my 40 MPH barrier. I also intend to install a second fuel tank!?!?! Enjoy!
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The official video of Fleafest 2012 is now on-line! On August 25 2012, 41 boats hit the waves for the second annual gathering of all things "seaflea." Held at Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst, participants from all over Ontario and the United States came to share their expertise and enthusiasm for these small fast hydroplanes. This 9 minute documentary is a snapshot of the day and the people who love the feeling of water, speed and the wind in their hair! For more information go to: http://www.muskokaseaflea.ca
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MIchael and his daughter started construction on this MIni Max at one of our ACBS seaflea building workshops a few summer's ago. After some time (and not without a few glitches along the way) they have finally launched it with an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment of success! As MIchael so aptly pointed out, "It isn't shiny, polished, chromed, lacquered or even painted...but its FAST and FUN. There is a lineup to take it out and run around the lake." That's music to our ears at Muskoka Seaflea! Great job guys!
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So, here's the thing.....a link to this video was posted on our forum here: http://muskokaseaflea.ca/bb/index.php?topic=1535.0 We loved it so much we simply had to repost it on our own You Tube Channel. The original video was created by Jamie Baxter from somewhere in Haliburton, Ontario. (Talk about clandestine?!?!) Anyway...we proudly present this video...what a fantastic journey...hypnotic even.....trippy.....cool man! Here's the shot list description...although the timing may be off on this version of the video since we added some music and a few more credits.....ENJOY! Published on Aug 13, 2016 Only takes 8 minutes to build a sea flea - who knew? 8 day build and test runs of a mini max with 9.9 Merc. somewhere in the Haliburton Highlands Ontario. Commentary with time tags below: 0:26 - had to replace switch on old table saw 0:58 - twisting together the bow to close the "gore" was a gruesome task - lots small passes removing material with circular saw 2:20 - about this point we realized nothing lined up the way it does in the plans...the stringers were too short!...PL premium 8X used to fill the gap...then lots of sanding/rasping 3:05 - also added a second transom pad between the stringers to ensure PL was not the only thing holding things together 3:28 - while it rained, worked on the motor board... 3:36 - to get angle of motorboard "correct", made a small sample piece and tried the angle cut...the first angle was too steep so glad I did so (oursis slightly more vertical than the plans) 4:51 - I lose it trying to get "tee nuts" to line up with bolts...FIRST - clamp the nut with your vice grips, SECOND make sure somebody at HomeDepot did not switch 32 turn with 24 turn nuts. I got about 8 of 14 to take. I used plain old 1 1/2 inch stainless screws where the tee nuts failed...likely could have used all screws instead of tee nuts 5:29 - hacking off screw and bolt ends - screws cut flush - another strike against tee nuts in my book 6:19 - red handled kitchen scissors on bottom of boat - used for fiber-glassing...don't tell. 8:12 - put some sort of metal on your motorboard where the engine clamps - the scrap tin seen here covers some rather nasty gouges from the maiden voyage! 9:35 - after swamping - and almost sinking - the boat twice in the first two days, second guessing the choice to cut out the holes in the stringers, may fiberglass them in this winter.
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This is the first Mini Most XL to hit the water built by (our favorite stooge) Rob Renton. We shot this test run on a glorious and warm August evening back in 2007. Sarah agreed to be our test driver and took the boat through its paces. Restored to its original wide screen format we now present this on our official You Tube channel.
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Never one to stop our productions while out of the county, we produced this video while in Karaganda for two months in December 2010. Utilizing our Kazak post production studios and our on-staff Russian to English translator, we assembled this footage shot by Andrew Taylor as he took his almost completed Mini Most XL on it's first test run on Kahshe Lake in Muskoka. We were sorry to report that at that time, we only found three outboard motors in the entire city of Karaganda with a population of over 600,000. Needless to say, we were disappointed.
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This Sea - Flea is the Minimax hydroplane built to plans obtained from Popular Science Magazine in the early 1960's and is powered by a 1950 Mercury 10 hp KG-7. The first boat Phil built as a child was a Minimax hydroplane and was used until he went overseas with the U.S. Military. These fun little hydroplanes are still being built today and are just as much fun as they were 50 years ago. How fast do they go? Most will run in the mid 30 mph range which feels like 100 mph in a boat this size. This boat is used by the family for high-speed fun on sheltered water, fantasizing it is a thundering unlimited hydroplane.
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In 2017 we were approached by Mike Morris from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School in Minnesota. He was just about to start a project with his students in which they would build a Mini Max seaflea and enter it in the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society's Solar Boat Regatta. We were thrilled to provide them with the plans for this boat and assistance. Have a look at their journey! This is what great education is all about!
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We were fortunate to film Harley Cooper taking his "Black Max" Mini Max on a fantastic and exciting speed run around Wood Lake in Muskoka during a warm August afternoon in 2004. This footage has been remastered in a wide screen format and is presented in its original higher definition quality.
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How to build a crazy little thing called “Hetty” (8’ seaflea) from scratch without experience? This is the story of an experiment on how to keep the right attitude and handle traps. We would be proud if we could inspire you. And like to... Thank you ThierryCrolla for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ovCCGhmaA&t=1s Thank you for keeping the gumption up and making it possible: Chris from Muskoka Seaflea for drawings & support; Hjertmans for boat parts; MarineEngine for motor parts. Viky, Duncan, LongBow, Ken, Littleboat, jculps & Jrs for the contribution in the forum. Jonas Bilberg for making the best video out of the material we recorded. Special thank and greetings to “Charlys Silence” for music powering and the kind allowance for the soundtrack! https://www.facebook.com/CharlysSilenceBand/ http://www.charlys-silence.com/ And first and foremost thanks to our families for all understanding, help & patience! Want to see Hettys launch and maiden journey? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-HTJOVYTzQ
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We have finally posted this video on our YouTube Channel! Have a look at our second XL to hit the water built by Andrew in 2012. Speedster features a built in fuel tank, full instrumentation and is powered by a 30 HP Evinrude! (Too bad it's not a Mercury hahaha!)
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Hey guys! This is my 'A' Class Hydroplane named Fly'n Eagle. I did not restore or build this boat, but I'm doing my best to take care of it. I changed the wind shield on it, put some resin on the flaking paint to stop it from flaking off and I polished the boat's surface. The boat is pretty fun to drive and hopefully the video is just as fun to watch. Want to become part of the Shire? It's free! http://goo.gl/UfjOl1 Want to follow me on Twitter? https://twitter.com/WiltshireYT Want more content that isn't tutorials, unboxings or reviews? Visit my gaming channel http://goo.gl/SkXYjv Want to partner with Fullscreen? http://goo.gl/0vkXl Royalty Free Music by http://audiomicro.com/royalty-free-music
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We found this terrific vintage seaflea footage on another Youtube channel and thought it was so great we just had to repost it on our site! Since our initial posting, we are thrilled that the original builder of the seaflea made the effort to contact us and pass on some additional information that we were able to add to the film. He has now decided to re-build his original Mini Max that his Dad helped him with back in the 60's and head out again onto the lake in the near future with his original Mercury Mark 20.....and that's what we absolutely love about these small boats....they never get old! Here is a direct link to the original posting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv09RkOQEUI
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Mark ordered a set of our MIni Max plans on December 22, 2017. Little did we know that they would take so long to be delivered to his home in Brisbane, Australia. Sending seaflea plans overseas from Canada is fast and easy if they are sent flat in an envelope, however Mark wanted his plans rolled and did not want to spend a ton of money on shipping. So we sent out his plans on December 22, 2017 from our Canada Post office in Barrie, Ontario Canada. Cost of shipping via surface was $45.00 CND, however that also meant that the plans would travel by boat. We can send rolled plans to international destinations, but our cost is outrageous! (Usually around $130.00 to $150.00!!!!) Hey, we're not Amazon....so our postal costs are way higher! Anyway.....we're not too sure what happened (the tracking number did not give us much information) but his plans finally arrived almost three months later! For the record...that is the LONGEST time any of our plans have taken to be shipped overseas via cargo container ship! Here's our video tribute to Mark and the extraordinary amount of patience that he had waiting for hip plans to arrive!
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Built this boat with my Uncle Ed in 1990 with plans from a 1960's Popular Science & Mechanics magazine. My uncle bought the motor when he was in high school and had it on his own MiniMax, which he built from the same plans. Recently overhauled the motor and the boat. Thanks to John L. for the help on the engine!
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This is my Hal Kelly Wetback hydroplane. After many hours of restoration work on the boat and engine, I can now say that mine and my dad's hard work has paid off. We took part in the annual ACBS boat show in Muskoka, Ontario and we walked away with the Muskoka SeaFlea's FleaFest People's Choice award of 2015! Wait until they see what I'm bringing next year! Let's see if we can be the 1st repeat People's Choice recipient. Previous Wetback Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mZYZG8A8QQ Fly'N Eagle Racing Hydroplane Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izONKV0eXww Want to become part of the Shire? It's free! http://goo.gl/UfjOl1 Want to follow me on Twitter? https://twitter.com/WiltshireYT Want more content that isn't tutorials, unboxings or reviews? Visit my gaming channel http://goo.gl/SkXYjv Want to partner with Fullscreen? http://goo.gl/0vkXl Song used in the video: Alan Walker - Fade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM7SZ5SBzyY Like the song? Give Alan Walker a follow! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJWalkzz SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/walkzz Twitter: https://twitter.com/IAmAlanWalker YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DjWalkzz Song provided by NoCopyRightSounds
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William D Jackson made significant contributions to the home boat building industry, yet very little was known about the man himself....until now. Over two years in the making, this is the official film biography on the famous, yet very private person who made the seaflea a household name. With never-seen-before photographs from his estate and with assistance from his daughter, (Joyce Jackson Fletcher) Muskoka Seaflea is proud to present this 24 minute film that takes you behind the scenes of this prolific navel architect. 542/19
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Check out this first Mini Most build by Peter van Hurck from The Netherlands. Peter downloaded our plans and spent a lot of time crafting this carbon fibre reinforced flea. The detailing on this is amazing. Never seen before on our You Tube channel, we are proud to present this rare footage.
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What a good way to end off my summer vacation...... So the boat's name is the Tiny Titan. It is a Seaflea/Hydroplane, the plans came from a do-it-yourself magazine in the 1950s. The engine on the back of my boat is a 12 hp 2-stroke Montgomery Wards Gale, year 1955. My dad got this from a friend who purchased it in a garage sale, he left the engine in the rain carb. facing up so all the rain had seized the pistons. So we brought it back from the dead to live once more!
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I built this boat in 2002 from old 1950's plans from the Popular Mechanics magazine. My dad had built one for me back in 1958 and after searching for some time finally found the plans on the web. I thought my three sons would enjoy the experience as well. It's an 8 foot long x 4 foot wide boat with all of 7.5" of freeboard, basically two sheets of 1/4" plywood. I have a 1974 9.9hp Mercury engine on it and a few years ago some one timed me doing about 23mph. As you can see in this video, the water must be very calm or the boat is pretty much useless. Even with calm water, it's a wet experience that is very much fun on a hot summer day.
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Viktor Valenta from the Czech Republic has been hard at work building his own version of the the classic William Jackson Mini Most. He began posting images of his build on our forum back in the fall of 2014 and this month was eager to take his "not-quite-finished" flea out for a spin on the Elbe River. We are fortunate to have this exclusive footage of his test run as Viktor braved the icy cold waters to give us a glimpse into the performance of his new boat. The original HD video was shot by Viktor and company. We have replaced the original background music with new music due to copyright infringement. At the time of the new upload, this video had over 36,000 views. Since this new version has replaced the old, the view counter was reset to "zero" as of March 9, 2018. This video was originally published in 2015.
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