I wouldn't say the PR engines are any more or less reliable than a well built race engine. Once again we have different operation parameters. I race engine will go 50-100 miles at or near full throttle and some do that for 5 or more races with little to no work internally. A poker run engine MIGHT see 50-60 miles of 1/2 to 3/4 throttle and an occasional blast to full when the big dogs run out. And, a PR captain is much more likely to back off than a racer, he has passengers and equipment to worry about and at least the assumption of more than one run before a rebuild. A racer has but one goal once the flag goes green-finish, first. As for rough water, when the going gets tough, a PR captain can take it easy, or stay at the dock, the drinks and food at the party still taste the same
Fever Mike- most of what you miss is back with the OPA, very little of the downside exists. Yeah, there is no big TV deal yet (yet) but that is not what is growing our ranks and boat counts, it is the fun, honest competition that most of us started racing for in the first place. And although the pits are more like a local dirt track or drag strip than Daytona, it sure is a lot of fun to be there Hope you can hang in Destin, it's getting better all the time.