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Old 01-06-2010, 09:30 AM
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Anymore pics of the turbine skater? What kind of numbers does it run?
He runs PT-6's which are small turbines getting about 750HP each. Boat runs around 120-125MPH when all is working right.

Here is a video of Gardner spooling up.

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He runs PT-6's which are small turbines getting about 750HP each. Boat runs around 120-125MPH when all is working right.

Here is a video of Gardner spooling up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5d0XPk7oWc
so whats the gain on running 750hp turbines compaired to a set of 750hp big blocks?
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so whats the gain on running 750hp turbines compaired to a set of 750hp big blocks?
Gardner told me he built it to have something different in 1998. He is not very conventional... Have you seen his tractor!!!




Back then it was the fastest on the Lake and was for a while.

There is a serious weight advantage Turbines are 200# each where big blocks with same HP are more like 1000# each. But hulls are designed to have big blocks in the back so the boat actually runs with the stern a little high. Something that could be resolved with the right props I guess but prop research is VERY expensive.

As it relates to practicality there is no advantage since you can get parts and service a big block a lot easier than a turbine. You'll hear that turbines run a tons of hours between overhauls but when they operate close to water specially salt water I think they don;t last that long.

A serious drawback also is that Turbines consume A LOT of fuel and they consume it whether your at Idle or at Full throttle.
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Gardner told me he built it to have something different in 1998. He is not very conventional... Have you seen his tractor!!!




Back then it was the fastest on the Lake and was for a while.

There is a serious weight advantage Turbines are 200# each where big blocks with same HP are more like 1000# each. But hulls are designed to have big blocks in the back so the boat actually runs with the stern a little high. Something that could be resolved with the right props I guess but prop research is VERY expensive.

As it relates to practicality there is no advantage since you can get parts and service a big block a lot easier than a turbine. You'll hear that turbines run a tons of hours between overhauls but when they operate close to water specially salt water I think they don;t last that long.

A serious drawback also is that Turbines consume A LOT of fuel and they consume it whether your at Idle or at Full throttle.
I remember when i was younger i would hear talk of the fast turbine powered boat on the water....it was like a legend....thanks for the info...id rather hear a boat fire up with some nice big blocks....they make me tingle in my special spot
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