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Old 03-22-2008, 10:26 PM
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FYI, whilst chatting with the CG, you might want to ask them about their recent encforing of the "Must have passports to come back in from three miles offshore" rule.. They hit a few boats in our fishing tournaments recently with this one..

One guy to the tune of 25 grand
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:29 PM
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Boats shall be a minimum length 20, maximum length 55


Criterion SS and a compass
MadDog, you need a navigator?

This sounds like an event not to be missed.
I've got a compass..

I believe my 8 track stereo may be to modern for the event though...
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OK.. I'm in..

Charlie... I don't know what class the Avanti would fit. Classic hull,... (I need to talk to you about it later.) modern motors.
I met Don and JC Simon a few times .. years ago. Sounds like a great event. Would love to attend and do the race.
Damn.. come to think of it... my last race was over 20 years ago.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:19 AM
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Charlie, in post 121,

1) what were the approx. speeds of the boats in the first two pic's in that era....

2) how *period correct* do the engines need to be to run in Historic, if my boat is a 1972 w/T454's?? no current EFI's?? carb's only??

curiousity is killing me....

note to self> need a pair of 500EFI's... stat
If you had speeds in the 60 MPH range you were the top dog for sure.

I remember one race everyone said they had a boat that would run in the 70s and Don had one of his little "banana boats". Don was asked his speed, he said 62 MPH......at the end of the race, Don had won.

The idea behind Historic class is for the public to be able to see the great designs of the past run again. And for the owners to be able to enjoy them again in a race setting.

Bring your boat and we will find a class for it....if you show up with the latest Sterlings with blowers, you go into the modern class of "Run what you brung".

Paradox....same for you come and enjoy and have fun.
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If i remember right ,in the late 80,s there was a race to Nassua,and back to Miami.The fastest boats were beat by a Magnum !The slowest boat filled with 18 people drinking champagne arrived 1st.
All the fast cats and vee,s lost to a boat that didn,t even run 70 mph .
It's not how fast you can go......it's how fast you can go along!
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Without this type of racing and interest in our sport, none of us would have the boats we now own!
You are so right. It was this kind of racing as well as the Marathon racers in the era that led up to this, that really pushed the sport and the design edge.

Everyone knows Bob Nordskog as the great racer and publisher of Powerboat Magazine, but back in 1963, before there was Formula Boat company or Donzi or Magnum etc. etc, Bob was already experimenting with boat design.

Take a look at what he did to this runabout. He made a real convertibel top for the boat that worked just like a car. The cockpit has seats that made into beds and the cockpit area was both air conditioned and heated.

Anyone who was in attendance at the 9 hour race in Miami the year that he drove all 9 hours by himself, can also testify to his endurance. He took a Rayson Craft and added on a Reggie beak and called it "Viking Spirit" and won the race.

And then look at this other photo of the concept for the twin engine outboard race boat. This boat was designed for use in the Salton Sea 500 mile race. It had the two outboards positioned inside the boat, not on the transom or a bracket off the back.

These guys raced for hours on end..... and they knew they had to keep improving the designs to make them work and to last.

Maybe someone new will show up at this open ocean race with a whole new design and set the industry on it's ear.
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Well Guys what is everyone brining to the OCEAN PWERBOAT RACE !!Let,s get a roll call started !
I,ll start it ...
40' Skater ?
44'MTI ?
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Let,s see some boats that might show there stuff !!
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Still up in the air but Larry if you try to convince my Dad too....Team Tsunami!!
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28 Skater! This boat has a strong history of endurance runs. Ketchikan to Seattle (record holder) and the four corners of Lake Michigan run.Both were done with previous owner Kurt Willows.I am looking forward to the Big Race
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