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Old 04-05-2021, 07:50 AM
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Default Gladiator with Outboards: speeds?

Just curious, what kind of "perfect conditions" top speed do you think a 36' Gladiator with a pair of 450Rs would run?
4 sit down bolsters, and a back seat extending into the former bilge would be kind of cool.

I know, I know... outboards aren't for everyone. The 34-39 cats with twin outboards are doing so well though, I was just curious what a Gladiator would do.
80mph top end?


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No idea on mph with 450's but there is room for trips if the budget allowed - lol.... obviously, your pondering has merit - Bolting O/B add to the value re: cig 42 Tiger with Trip Verado's
https://www.powerboatlistings.com/view/18053

On a serious note - Is the Glad with the 700 Brad Smith's in your pic?
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Originally Posted by speicher lane View Post
No idea on mph with 450's but there is room for trips if the budget allowed - lol.... obviously, your pondering has merit - Bolting O/B add to the value re: cig 42 Tiger with Trip Verado's
https://www.powerboatlistings.com/view/18053

On a serious note - Is the Glad with the 700 Brad Smith's in your pic?

I don't know what that boat has in it today, but maybe Brad Smith. It had ZZ572s in it at one time when Jeffrey Cheng owned it (which I personally thought was badass). The link from that old thread is below.
I've always liked that boat because of such. I think it was sold no power once.

IF I get another go-fast, I want as few as headaches as possible. I have other adrenaline hobbies how, so running a boat, I want cruising reliability. And I hate crawling in bilges.






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I think Tyson sold his Glad with no power to a couple of dudes in the Bahamas (or somewhere thereabout)

Maybe somebody can get a real-world update?
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Originally Posted by Keith Atlanta View Post
I think Tyson sold his Glad with no power to a couple of dudes in the Bahamas (or somewhere thereabout)

Maybe somebody can get a real-world update?
He did and he said they were going to throw OB's on it.


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Originally Posted by Sydwayz View Post
I don't know what that boat has in it today, but maybe Brad Smith. It had ZZ572s in it at one time when Jeffrey Cheng owned it (which I personally thought was badass). The link from that old thread is below.
I've always liked that boat because of such. I think it was sold no power once.

IF I get another go-fast, I want as few as headaches as possible. I have other adrenaline hobbies how, so running a boat, I want cruising reliability. And I hate crawling in bilges.






The Chevy 572 Crate Motors in the Gladiator

I took that bottom pic at Havasu.

Pretty sure Jeff finally pulled the motors because he could never get them to run exactly right. Cooling issues as I recall.

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I wouldn't want triples for this. I'd like to take advantage of them being closer together (than a side/side BBC setup), for less drag. And when you get into triples on a V-bottom, then you end up needing one longer than the other two. And if 3 outboards, can you fit trim tabs on such a narrow boat?
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The 29/30 OL is running mid-90s with NA Merc 300r motors. I bet the Glad would do at least that with 450s and probably do 80 easy with 300r versions.
My concern would be an already "slippery" hull having the weight all on the very back.
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Honestly I believe the Gladiator likes more weight on the back ours was very very happy with heavy azz SSMV hanging off custom 14" extension boxes.
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Originally Posted by Cash Bar View Post
The 29/30 OL is running mid-90s with NA Merc 300r motors. I bet the Glad would do at least that with 450s and probably do 80 easy with 300r versions.
My concern would be an already "slippery" hull having the weight all on the very back.
cash you really think that fast with 2 x 450ís?

how fast do gladiators run with 525ís? I thought it was low 90ís. itís a heavy cigarette after all.

as a side note...the gladiator is easily the best looking cig ever made. Putting OBís on the back would be a sin.
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