Personally, I'd like to see some painted panels with nice gages, colored bezels, MM or Lathem controls, bolsters, etc.
The 33 with twin 275's went 62-63 with people and fuel. 4000 you are in the 40's, about 4500 in 50's. The steps really come into play about 48-50mph. Never did fuel burn on them yet as we mostly make the 36 model (its only 30K more and speeds are almost identical.
That is amazing that a triple 275 Midnight will barely cross 55mph and that article says a 20 mph gain with quads. You should believe about half what you read. If you saw the prop size on it at Ft. Lauderdale you would know the real speeds unless they have the new 10,000 rpm motors. My guess is closer to mid 60's with a big fuel burn number.
The 300 engines do NOT make that kind of power. I have run six 36 triples now with them and we saw 2 mph tops and the fuel burn was only slightly better. Supposedly the new Merc version will have that power but not carry the 5 year warranty.
It is too bad you never ran one of my triples in the rough or actually ran one at all. The boat will hit 73-74 mph with people and fuel on the GPS with labbed props at over 13,000 lbs. You may have a whole new opinion of what the weight and Kevlar construction can do compared to a lighter glue and screw. I think quite a few go-fast people on the Key West run have a new opinion (me included) when they saw the speeds we held pacing the crew and also when it was bumpy on the way home in the quad boat (70 mph cruise at 5000). And I have run both the 35 and 38 donzi triples as trades so I am familiar with them.
We ran both the 37 and the 39 Midnights with Harris in Corpus Christie last year at the boat show when we were all bored to death. It was a very nasty washing machine confused water that was making for some interesting observations watching the big centers run. We all saw the 38 Jupiter, the big Ventures, SeaVee, Fountain 38 quad, Donzi and others as they were all at our docks. They all tried to run hard into it, then gradually slowed and came back bow up in the following seas.
Harris took his out with us in the boat and sure enough they could run flat out (55-56mph each boat) very level and handled the seas extremly well. Each of theirs had triple 275 Verado engines and we had the GPS. We then came back and all jumped in the 36 Deep Impact with triple 275 Verados and put down multiple wide open, long stretch 70-71 mph runs. The attitude of the boat was almost identicle to the Midnights. Everone on the docks got quite a kick out of both brands tearing it up.
There was not one center there that was even close to running like that destroying the water the whole weekend. I am only referring to running hard in the rough, not trolling or slower speeds 28-30.
It was just interesting to realy get in one and see them back to back with many others in sloppy water. The Midnights have always had a mystical following yet hardly anyone who talks about them has been in them.
Kinda what I was getting to. The old boats were heavier, but slower too. Even the Goverment quads only get to the low 60's with 2 stroke power and don't even go near fuel burn and oil tank size. Thats the ride part. Weight up to 18,000 lbs and a 24 degree with a Cigarette lineage, no wonder they run good in the rough.
Noel Mannheimer in the article http://powerandmotoryacht.com/features/0601uscustoms/ is one of my customers (bought a 25 SeaCraft from me and best friends with my Sheriff captain who bought the two Hydra-Sports Police boats from me) and we talked at length about the new and old differences.
Without the spray rails they would be a very wet ride and you can see by how far the rear scuppers are under water that they are an old design not really meant for the heavy four strokes.
It is just amazing how much faster boats go in magazines!
Does Active Thunder make a CC?
From what I've heard you can sip martinis while running flat out in 20 footers in one of their boats!
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