I am somewhat curious as to why you brought this particular post I put up in NOVEMBER of last year and dragged it 6 months forward. Did you believe we at Powerplay would recieve negative responce to it ? Pretty sad if this was the case.
However to answere some of the original comments from the day, we went to test in those terrible conditions becouse we have no fear of waves. Seriously, the boat had to be tested prior to delivery and here in south Florida you simply cannot run 80MPH on the Intracoastal anymore, the condo commandos call the Police.
About Pepe, it was a very sad day for offshore racing to lose such a competetor. He has been missed dearly by all of us that really new him. His team was very aggressive and in 95 was kicking all asses. Pepe raced hard and won, unfortunatly some factors all came together that day. I assure you the boat was not one of them. Racers there in the water described the accident this way, Pepe was running out in front and very fast for the conditions. The boat was leaving the flat water and hit a huge swell that launched it. It flew long and high and came in nose first at 90 mph, the bow stuck in the bottom and the water stopped the deck instantly. The back of the boat was still high and dry and the inertia of the 3000 lbs of motors kept moving forward at 90 snapped the boat like a toothpick. We came to find out later that the boat was rigged "not by us" with a large ballast tank forward which could explain its bad reentry.
P.S. I went to the Indy 500 that same year and watched in horror as Stan Fox hit the wall in turn 1 and disintigrated his 225 MPH Lola, does this make Lola a bad race car ? I think not. Ask any Powerplay owner if they are happy with there purchase and the boats durability, and you will always get a resounding yes.