hey master.. FU . I'm not that old. I just live in dog years.
Freshwater. I'll put a 20 on my post. I've been consumed by performance boating since I could walk and have been in the industry almost 20 years. We are back to a snails pace
"Friends don't let friends roll around in trash cans" - OSO Steve
Hopefully someone (Copeland, etc.) will break the water speed record (and not die in the process) but I'm not holding my breath considering the record was set in 1978. Thirty years is a long time for a record to hold.
Joystick docking for performance boats could be a reality tomorrow. Several years ago Mercury Marine introduced a joystick style system called Control Max, and it was installed on Maxrum runabouts, which were for all intents and purposes upscale Bayliners. If memory serves (and it probably doesn't) the system was an option for the Maxum 2400 or 2300.
Now you might ask, and it would be a reasonable question: Why would anybody need a joystick to dock a 23-foot-long runabout? The Mercury answer was that based on consumer feedback docking was the No. 1 headache faced by first-time boat owners.
Which leads us to joystick docking for go-fast boats. I am reasonably sure, make that dead certain, that if you were willing to pay for it that Cigarette, Outerlimits, MTI, Skater and so on would install such a system for you.
But let's be completely honest: There's a certain big, swinging whatever factor for a driver who comes into the harbor and docks a 40-foot custom performance-boat with a $60,000 paint job and no rub rail between two garbage scows in 30-knot crosswinds and a ripping, outgoing tide.
Pull that off facing the stern with your hands on nothing other than the shifters, while you still manage to toss a dock line to a member of the awestruck crowd, and you're a god.
A joystick-controlled dock just doesn't have the same impact. Not now. Not in the future.
Don't the turbines already have long service intervals like a few thousand hours?
Don't they use almost as much fuel at idle as they do at top speed, I thought I red that somewhere.
The high performance diesels are just around the corner, courtesy of Banks Engineering; 800hp/900tq twin-turbo supercharged Duramax. Two of them are in a US Customs boat now.
The single engine surface drive is also a reality thanks to Weismann Marine.
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