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  1. #41
    OK tachyon - there IS a big difference between a gas turbine powered engine and a Reciprocating internal combustion engines:

    Gas turbine engines have a great power-to-weight ratio compared to reciprocating engines. That is, the amount of power you get out of the engine compared to the weight of the engine itself is very good.

    Gas turbine engines are smaller than their reciprocating counterparts of the same power. So, sizes being equal, the turbine engine will always be more efficient and make more power.

    The main disadvantage of gas turbines is that, compared to a reciprocating engine of the same size, they are EXPENSIVE!!!!

    Gas turbines also tend to use more fuel when they are idling, and they prefer a constant rather than a fluctuating load - hence the reason we don't see them in automobiles AND they work perfect for boats!!! BUT, by simply adding more and more fuel to the combustion process you increase power (to a point of course) where as with a reciprocating engine you have to add turbos, blowers, etc. at the expense of reliability.....

    So, I still think the turbine powered boats should be segregated from the conventional power boats ......

  2. #42
    Thank you Callan for bringing your boats, they sure are impressive. But, I do think they belong in a different race class then piston port engines.
    I’ve always enjoyed milling around the docks looking at the cool iron much more then watching the runs. It’s too bad that some of the “affordable” stuff isn’t showing up any more. (Yes, I know that “affordable” is an oxymoron when it comes to these boats) A few years back Howard Arneson showed up in his turbine powered monster and ran (if memory serves me correctly) somewhere in the 160’s,.. exhibition only. That same year the “TOP GUN” award went to a Chris Cat at 114. What changed?
    Correct me if I’m wrong (like I needed to say that) but Turbines aren’t allowed in offshore races,,, are they? I know that their allowed in Poker Runs but we’re told that those aren’t races.
    Miss Bud has effectively run the cost of Unlimited Hydro to the point the only a small handful of boats even try to compete, hope that doesn’t happen to the shootout.
    So what’s my point? I guess I agree with Bmpnugls. There needs to be two awards, one for turbines and one for piston port.


  3. #43
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    So I have to ask a question of all of you participated or spectated at LOTO this year.

    If you could only see one of the following participate in next years event, who would you rather see entered?

    Budweiser's Hydro


    Callan Marine's Turbine Boats


  4. #44
    283.......................Where is it written that life is fair?
    Belive me I know that life is not fair!! I'm just kinda tryin to relate the feelings of what went on at the shootout... it ain't just ain't fair

  5. #45
    Mrs 283Check
    Originally posted by Mrs 283Check

    On the topic of turbine powered boats there was one there "Flash Gordon" and someone correct me if I'm wrong but it looked like it was just somebody's boat. Had an open cockpit on it. He even brought it out and tied it up to watch the races on Sunday.
    Anybody know?????

  6. #46
    My EX got the Sleekcraft Platinum Member gdfatha's Avatar
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    by the way~

    Bernie Little owns the Bud..Not Augie..

    Correct me if I am wrong...

    HP is looking for a site in nearby Kentucky


  7. #47
    KiloKat VIP Member KiloKat's Avatar
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    First, let me say that I think the Shoot-Out was another terrific event of which I am very proud to have competed.

    Second, I don't intend to get into any controversy here and won't comment anymore beyond this post. However, I just want to set the record straight about the change in the start procedure which took affect Sunday morning. I am sure that Kevin Rucker, Osage Beach Fire Chief and Chairperson for the event will verify this.

    When I arrived Sunday morning Chief Rucker and his assistant advised me that they (the firemen) had met Saturday night and decided to change the start procedure. This was prompted because Callan Marine kept starting too fast on Saturday because they could not "cut" their turbine engines like the rest of us "direct drive" piston boats. To keep things fair, the firemen (and NOT Miss Budweiser) decided that all direct drive (crash box) boats would have to stop and kill their engines 500 feet before the official starting line. Then, when the flagman heard the engines were completely turned off, he would give the green flag which allowed us to fire and go.

    Lastly, congratulations to all racers for competing. I think it was by far the best Shoot-Out yet!

  8. #48
    Setting turbine power vs. piston power aside lets look at horsepower to weight.

    Callan Marine
    11,000 lb. - 5,000 hp - .45 hp per lb. - 169 mph

    Bacardi Silver
    8,600 lb. - 3,600 hp - .42 hp per lb. - 165 mph

    Big Thunder
    13,000 lb. - 4,400 hp - .34 hp per lb. - 156 mph

    6,000 lb. - 2,900 hp - .48 hp per lb. - 192 mph

    The difference here is not hp or the type of hp, it is the different hull type. There were a lot of catamarans and v-hulls but only one hydroplane.

  9. #49
    When talking to one of the crew they said there are three boats , and that this one is the "rough water" boat.

    look out !!! Next year they may take the top three spots

    The guilty party
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    OOPPS - But must post a correction!!

    Bacardi Silver weighed 10,250 for the Shoot-Out and produces approximately 2700 total horsepower which yields .27 hp per lb.

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