Sharkey, I just read through this whole thread and I have to say THANKS! Although I don't have the history and knowledge that some of these other guys have, this was an education in itself.
On another note I want to thank you for posting all the pics of the Hydra's. I purchased one from Kurt's, now bandit, and i am still running out of there now. It's a 32, red cat that Wherlen bros used to run. Do you have any shots of it from when they had it? Danny is still doing the engines, it should be a 125-130mph boat when we're finished. good solid boat, little on the heavy side but stable. i thought that the red 36 was my boat for a second until it came out it's a 36. Thanks again!