Speed records are not just marketing gimmicks, the information attatined from such testing and motivation to be the best has helped make 160mph boats "average" and 100mph basically a family runabout. So while there is certain risk, there is also certain rewards. I've been in the boat at speeds of 160+ and had my eyes and hands on 2 laptops verifying the calibration, never missed a beat and never was worried. I've been in boats at 70mph where I had to pull the seat out of my ass I was so scared.
I for one think this is a great time to show engineering superiority and stop the naysayers that don't believe in the OL product.
Its my belief that sales can only be measured in percantage over long periods of time and even then, its tough to track. I personally know OL sold boats from there success in P1 racing, as did Fountain. Those were direct, but the harder to measure factor is the perceived value as well as brand recognition. This is very hard to measure or track, but believe me, it has a huge importance on sales and brand loyalty. It worked on me with Honda, when McGrath was destroying everyone in Supercross, I went and bought a CR250 just like McGrath had. I bought because Honda was destroying everyone, but really, it was McGrath and the team, etc., not just Honda.
The more we hear and see "records" and "wins" and these boats at the lake, at poker runs, at the shows, etc. we remember that and "pick" favorites sometimes without really even knowing why. So I can say I'm a firm believer in winning on sunday, taking orders on monday.
I agree with Whippled, everyone I know also bought Honda CR250s for the same reason!
I'm into sport motorcycles as well, and I have owned nothing except Suzuki GSXR's over the years. This had allot to do with race results. How else do you know if you have the best piece of hardware? I know a ridiculous amount of people buy Hyabusas because they are the "fastest" stock motorcycle.
Should Be Exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ive Been Over 180 Lets See What 190 Is Like.
I've been in big water at speed with Mike and have zero negative feelings towards his ability whatsoever.He's a fabulous driver.
But bolting 3600 HP to a boat to attempt all this when you are the owner of a company whose employees depend on you is not smart.
I guess to finalize my position, the man and his company dont have to prove anything to anybody at the risk of hurting himself.
OL is at the top of their game and that should suffice.
This stunt doesnt have enough reward for the risk.
Doesnt alter my thoughts but I hear ya.
I guess all I'm saying, it isnt the president of Smith and Wesson that puts an apple on his head to prove a point about how great their product is after having proved it for years.
Last edited by Catastrophe; 03-19-2011 at 08:20 AM.
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