I was in the 1st boat with Rod, the Arneson Diven boat, and yes, it was a very good boat. I was never too much of an Arneson Fan until I got a chance to run one, and its very. very wierd at first, but I got used to it and got used to playing with the Drives for the perfect setup. That boat (with 4 big fins/skegs in the water) turned like you can't imagine, it would literally try to throw you out of the canopy, that is how hard it would turn, and it never even got clost to going over, very comfortable and you I always felt in control. I ran 136MPH on GPS in brackish water with that boat like it was on rails in the Delta in Stockton, Rod had it really dialed in nicely.
Rod raced with another person last year and that is when the 1st accident happened. Then Jerry took over throttling the new boat (former Merc-Fountain) and then the 2nd accident in Key West.
Rod told me he liked the 1st (Arneson) boat a lot better, he said the 2nd boat, (#6 merc's) never felt hooked up and felt all over the place at speed....he told me he thought he would sell the replacement boat after he got the original boat back from Skater...
Keep in mind that Rod is very, very close with Howard Arneson and we used to spend hours on the phone with Howard after every test telling him what we did and what the boat did so his setup is probably one of the best and most tested Arneson steup's in the country.