I have to agree with T2x........
The shootout didn't have any rules against full-blown race boats, even though many feel it spoiled the "spirit of the contest".
But the 'spirit' of the LOTO Shootout was orginally about the fastest offshore-style "Lake of the Ozark" typical kind of hull.
So, I think expen$ive turbines -- no matter what kind of hull they are mounted to -- equally damages the "spirit of the contest" too.
Powerboat had an obligation to put the Miss Bud on the cover. They promised; and they held true to their promise no matter how much heat they got for doing it. (However, Callan got plenty of press, including a two-page spread inside that same issue)
The best solution to avoid this kind of anger in the future is for the Shootout to make some changes in the rules.
If they don't, Warby may just show up and take all the dough....
Go get 'em, Ken --- http://www.kenwarby.com :P