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Old 01-06-2006, 07:43 PM
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Do you guys have any experience running the same boat in salt AND fresh water, just curious to see how much speed difference it makes, if it makes any ???
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Old 01-06-2006, 07:52 PM
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I never noticed a difference at all
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Old 01-06-2006, 08:15 PM
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When I raced and was more involved with a Factory 1 team we use to test in a local fresh water lake and test in the Gulf. I have personally never noticed any speed advantage of salt over fresh. I had a E class 26 Scarab with a 502 mag that would go 67 in fresh or salt on a same day test.

The reason the myth came about that salt is faster is people that boat in fresh water lakes are at a higher altitued than sea level. When they have compared there boats speeds at there higher altitude lake and then a sea level and forgot the air is denser at sea level thus the engine is making more power.
Your theorie sounds good. When I was racing open wheel Formula cars, altitude made a difference, like you said, the asphalt...not really. Thanks!
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Your theorie sounds good. When I was racing open wheel Formula cars, altitude made a difference, like you said, the asphalt...not really. Thanks!
You heading south Jeff?? GL Harvie always noticed an advantage in the foam.
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Default Re: speed in salt water / fresh water

Like FeverMike said , I never saw a difference either . Now hit a mountain lake and I did lose a bit. But sea level salt or fresh...not enough to notice.
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Usually a boat is 2-3 mph faster in saltwater.
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You heading south Jeff?? GL Harvie always noticed an advantage in the foam.
Some day I will go to florida with my boat (when my daughters are old enough to make the trip), run on the ocean, just once, cause I realy don't like the idea of putting toys in salt water. We should go together at the same time!
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1 to 2 mph in my rig.


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I was always told saltwater was 1-2mph faster cause it was denser, But thats just what I've been told
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I was always told saltwater was 1-2mph faster cause it was denser, But thats just what I've been told
Add me to the ones who told you.
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