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Old 12-14-2008, 11:50 PM
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Thriller Power boats has actually made a cat with a jet engine. I cannot remember what the engine was/is but they are going to use pure thrust to propel the boat, twin rudders to steer.

They had a web site that showed the boat and such but I cannot find it at this moment.

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Old 12-15-2008, 07:14 AM
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Rumor has it there was a jet powered cat on Lake lanier a few years back. I heard it split in 2.
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Old 12-15-2008, 08:48 AM
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i was thinking more along the lines of an old wave crusher like a 47 apache and keep the power pulled way back so the boat will maybe do 120 and i figure it would be a pretty safe speed with a boat that big and heavy.........
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:00 AM
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Couple reasons come to mind...

-Insurance.... Impossible
-Flexibility.... Heat, Docking, Fuel Burn.


I base myself on my friends observations who runs a Skater 36 with twin turbines on the Lake, some of his quotes:

-It practically burns as much fuel at idle as it does WOT...
-Heat in a confined space made of fiberglass is not the best idea...
-Good thing I have a Turbine crew for my Tractor Pull rig or else where do you deal with this.

Here he is spooling up the Skater by us....

[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5d0XPk7oWc&feature=channel_page[/YOUTUBE]

Here is his Tractor for pulls..... Four Turbines! & the Skater.
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How's Gardner doing, I haven't talked to him in a while..is his cancer in remission?
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And the local rumor is the Thriller Jet is on hold for financial reasons.
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How's Gardner doing, I haven't talked to him in a while..is his cancer in remission?
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We don't talk about negative stuff when we hook up so I have no information on that....

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