IS THIS THE SAME BOAT?I know the boat well as Doug Lewis began the re-rigging job and created the little Yanmar drive modules as well as starting the turbine rigging....After Doug passed away it was turned over to "a turbine guy". Doug's original expectation was approximately 110-120 mph with those power plants. It was not meant to be a rocket ship.
As far as the boat's earlier history, I know that first hand as well.....and Stan Ware can back me up on this. The boat was initially run by Al Copeland, Billy Sirois, and Stan. Chuck Norris did run in it a couple of times. Don Johnson and "Smitty" Smith did not. It was the original 4 engine Superboat and was called Popeyes. It was bright yellow and we have the original footage of its first race which I covered from a helicopter. In fact, I probably covered every race it ever ran in with NNRT.
In my opinion it should have remained yellow with the Popeye's markings and also should have retained the four gas engine configuration. Frankly, it was probably faster (Approx 125 mph back in the day with 4 x 750 M/C's).
This project has limped along for 10 years and nothing has happened except maybe the boat grew a few more dents.
It has value to a real collector....... but how much is anybody's guess..... The turbine motors probably belong in a Skater or MTI......if anywhere.