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  1. #1
    My Boats:
    38 Jupiter CC, Miss GEICO
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Boca Raton, FL

    NEW Racing Class - Unlimited Offshore

    OSS approved the rules and NAME change for the old turbine extreme class. All owners and drivers agreed to open the class up to all and create the fastest No rules racing class ever.


    I. General-

    A .Name change from Turbine Extreme to Unlimited Offshore

    B. Race length-80 mile minimum

    C. Saturday qualifying for lane choice

    1. Unlimited Offshore Class boats will run 3 qualifying laps on the Saturday before race day at a specific time designated by OSS to determine lane choice.

    2. Lap 1 will be a warm up lap followed by 2 hot laps

    a. Hot laps will be timed by an OSS official

    b. Fastest lap speed earns lane choice for Sunday race followed second

    fastest etc.

    c. Qualifying order to be determined by drawing numbers at Friday

    drivers meeting.

    d. Qualifying time to be determined at or before Friday drivers

    meeting or before.

    II Technical-

    A. Hull type- No Restrictions- Catamaran, Vee, Trimaran etc.

    1. Length- 40ft minimum (running surface)

    2. No maximum length restriction

    B. Engine specs- No restrictions- Turbine or Piston allowed

    1. No restrictions on performance modifications, no flame show or after

    Burners allowed

    2. Fuel-No restrictions

    3. Number of engines-No restrictions

    4. Exhaust-Water cooled, insulated, or coated only for turbines, no restrictions on piston powered boats

    C. Transmissions-No restrictions

    D. Rudders:

    1. Materials-Stainless steel, steel, or titanium allowed

    2. Shape-No restriction

    3. Depth- No restrictions

    4. Trim and lift allowed

    5. Integrity- rudders must be x-rayed at least twice per year

    6. Documentation must be provided
    Last edited by Maximus; 12-17-2008 at 10:39 AM.

  2. #2
    Registered Gladhe8er's Avatar
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    2005 Active Thunder 28
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    Jan 2006
    Fairfield, CT
    I like this a lot. I always wanted to see Geico and Bud Select/Light go head to head in the past.

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member Tom A.'s Avatar
    My Boats:
    Necessary Evil .............Donzi 38 ZrComp.............
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    Nov 2002
    New Jersey

  4. #4
    My Boats:
    1991 Profile 26V W/Merc 250XS
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Panama City Beach, FL
    This is great! I really like this. A free for all unlimited class. I think this will be an exciting year with some great racing. Good job OSS.

  5. #5
    Registered Roger 1's Avatar
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    1993 Cigarette Top Gun
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    Dec 2002
    Kankakee Illinois
    COOL! Run what Ya' brung and hope Ya' brung enough....

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    Gold Member Gold Member Big Time's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Westport, CT
    I like that too...don't get me wrong, I loved watching Gieco, JBS and Aquamania go at it at the worlds, but I think with this change there will be more competition among the big boys

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Annapolis/1000 Islands
    Will they require forward-neutral-reverse capability? Believe this was a rule before...

    So 55s will be the needed turbine to compete?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Quote Originally Posted by BradH View Post
    Will they require forward-neutral-reverse capability? Believe this was a rule before...

    So 55s will be the needed turbine to compete?
    Not really,
    Team Geicos Mystic is at Turbine Marine right now getting re-rigged with T 53 -703 (1850 HP).
    This will be the engine choice for this team, and the others for the OSS racing in 2009.
    Team Geico will use there T-55's to set speed records when team owner gives the go !!
    Looking forward to an great season.

  9. #9
    Charter Member #927 Charter Member Payton's Avatar
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    1991 34' Super Hawaii
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    Jan 2001
    How long are most of the courses they run on?Do they do at least a 8-10 mile course?

    Sould be fun to see on Lake Michigan!!

  10. #10
    Registered PatriYacht's Avatar
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    94 43SC Black Thunder
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    Jul 2002
    The race between Gieco and Bud Select in St Clair in 2007 was the most exciting I have ever seen. They were running down the 4 mile straight on the Canadian side at 170 side by side the whole race. Can't remember how many laps, at least 10. I'm looking forward to seeing more like that.

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