My point that if you can find a good 454 boat, you would have better parts for a boat. The 496 was and is just a low hp truck engine and takes a lot of cash to make it anything else. I am glad to see it go away.
I don't know what Blue Magic, is but I do not have any. Was that the name of the heroin in American Gangster?
Sorry about the cat statement, but I used to try and make V hulls go fast, but there is nothing like driving a cat into the wind and chop and feeling the hull start to pack air. My boat will get going 15 to 20 mph faster with no increase in throttle, just air packing under the boat.
I know you like your boat, but have you ever been super fast in a big cat? Not 80 or 90 mph, but fast. It is an adrenaline rush like nothing else.