I remember that boat, It's a beauty! and Fast. Were the drives modified? Were the 116-118 runs done in the Summertime/ Winter? I heard one could dial a little more hp out of the carb versions with some tuning. Is that correct?
Ali- Youre right, the freeboard above the deckline does give the Skater a little more mass and a cabin. The 36 Skater performs extremely well in rough water and does give you a feeling of a larger boat. I need niether for the type of boating I do. I'm frequently by myself and the Spectre is very easy to get around.
The Gulf while messy sometimes is not like the eastcoast of Fla. I did notice that the 36 Spectre's cockpit has much more space than my friends 40 skater's cockpit, when I do have friends aboard they can see all the action. Cabins don't interest me .....this boat is strictly for rockin the house!
Yahoo..did your raceboat have a cabin?