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Old 01-25-2007, 12:13 AM
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With all the talk about Kilo's, Merc 525's, 600's, 700's, step bottoms, step placment, drives and from reading boat tests, what will the speed be tomorrow?

Offshore go fast performance boats of the 70's-80's cruised at 50 and top speed was around 60-70. If you had a 33-38' offshore boat that could do that you had the best there was at the time. The 80's saw speeds move up a little and in the 90's the same type of consumer offshore go fast performace boats would cruise at mid 60's and top out at high 70's to around 80.

Today we are seeing these consumer offshore go fast boats cruise at yesterday's race speeds. Most 35-39 foot twin engine boats built in the last year or so will go around 90-100 and cruise at 70-80 with ease.

This is simply all due to better built engines and boats brought to you the consumer through manufacture testing in it's various forms. The engines are more powerful and reliable than ever. The boats are being built with better workmanship, composites, balance and hull design.

Your thoughts? I can't wait to buy my next new boat!
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:22 AM
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At this rate, offshore boats will be cruising in the 170 to 190 range about the time I am ready to buy one.

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Old 01-25-2007, 11:04 AM
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At this rate, offshore boats will be cruising in the 170 to 190 range about the time I am ready to buy one.

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So, I guess no one has anything to say about my post? Do any of you think boats will hit a ceiling with speed?
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:25 AM
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I don't think boats will gain as much speed as they have over the years. You can only do so much with power and lay up. So to answer the question,yes I think they will hit a ceiling.
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yes maybe another 10mph and thats it
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Good question....

Given that the speed envelope is constantly expanding...the biggest limit will not IMHO be of a techological nature but rather a legal or insurance based limit. If we see consistent speeds in excess of 130-150....and these numbers are embroidered into enough boating news stories, look for your friendly neighborhood Pelosi to organize an attack.

If we dodge that bullet......look for high performance, retail boats and cars to share the same speed maximums......limited by price.

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I believe it is more about the power than the hulls. Yes the hulls do make a diffrence but I just repowered an 89 hull with twin 1100's and all of the previous asumptions that I made about the speed of the boat went out the window. That boat would have never done the speed back when due to the motor technology. Plus we are rapidly progressing past piston power into other means that are just now starting to blossom. Imagine what the turbine technology will be likre in another decade. Look how much piston power changed in the last 10 years once the motor builders saw the oportunity to sell the higher hp they went for it. If people are willing to pay more than the bar will undoubtably be raised even higher.

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427, yes more and better power is a great argument to the speeds today over hull technology. However I believe that hull tech (hull design, composites) are playing a big part.

T2X, brought up a great point about legal and insurance based limits. It is in man's genes to go faster and this will not slow any of us down though. I am all for a boating license and the insurance industry will find a way to insure anything on the water.
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Another few MPH average is probably the limit. Yes technology is advancing but it is still pushing a hull through water. By the time the monster HP motors are introduced we will be out of fossil fuels!


The next big jump will be in diesel performance boats. Jassman has the idea now, several thousand hour motors, low gpm cruise and a modest 80 MPH top end. If I had the money to build whatever I want I think an 80 MPH, 40+ footer with diesels would be in the running.
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Another few MPH average is probably the limit. Yes technology is advancing but it is still pushing a hull through water. By the time the monster HP motors are introduced we will be out of fossil fuels!


The next big jump will be in diesel performance boats. Jassman has the idea now, several thousand hour motors, low gpm cruise and a modest 80 MPH top end. If I had the money to build whatever I want I think an 80 MPH, 40+ footer with diesels would be in the running.
People back in the 70 or 80's were saying the same thing about speed...they thought that they were at the limit.

I like Jassman's idea and how he picked out his boat. Adib Mastry did something very simular with a CC Nortech and diesels. His top end was 80 and his cruise was just a few mph less but at 5mpg!
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