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Old 03-07-2010, 03:04 PM
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was this a offshore boat or something else??

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was this a offshore boat or something else??
The KT Tunnel boats ran in the 9 hour endurance races on the Parker River.

Bob Nordskog had one and competed every year.
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I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that's the scaled up (30-32 foot) Seebold type tunnel that Jimmy Caldwell built and raced in an Offshore race in the Hudson river off Manhattan. Later Reggie wound up with it and the boat flipped killing a fellow from Connecticut named Sky Gillespie. Whatever it is, it looks like it is too big to be a KT (up to 23 feet).

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I think Mercury had a KT program as well.
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Heres a pic of one i have hanging in my office. I have no info on it, a friend found it at an estate sale and thought I'd like it. Appears to be very similar to the one above in size.


Wish i could scan it but this is about as good a pic as i could get with my celly
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Heres a pic of one i have hanging in my office. I have no info on it, a friend found it at an estate sale and thought I'd like it. Appears to be very similar to the one above in size.


Wish i could scan it but this is about as good a pic as i could get with my celly
Dave... that is the Unlimited hydroplane that Don Aronow and Gary Garbrecht, built to compete against the big airplane engine unlimited hydros. It was early 80's sometime.

Rich....your right about the length for the KT's, I just noticed how big that looked on that trailer.
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Dave... that is the Unlimited hydroplane that Don Aronow and Gary Garbrecht, built to compete against the big airplane engine unlimited hydros. It was early 80's sometime.

Rich....your right about the length for the KT's, I just noticed how big that looked on that trailer.
Thanks Charlie, I'm actually curious why it was framed with the article below it. Theres no mention of it, maybe it was out of convenience to get them framed. Cool pic none the less and an interesting boat. I had never heard of that one, looks cool on my office wall.


Looks narrow, cant imagine it ran to well in unlimited against those monsters.
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Heres a pic of one i have hanging in my office. I have no info on it, a friend found it at an estate sale and thought I'd like it. Appears to be very similar to the one above in size.


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I believe this boat was built by Seebold around 1980 and was rigged at Lake X with Cosworths. It was very diffucult to get on plane. Later I think it was repowered to Keith Blacks, it was fast but a little hairy and not dependable. Then it was rigged with V-8's and driven by Buck Thorton. I heard the last time it was seen was at Kramer's place "Apache". Reports were the boat was very well built.
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I believe this boat was built by Seebold around 1980 and was rigged at Lake X with Cosworths. It was very diffucult to get on plane. Later I think it was repowered to Keith Blacks, it was fast but a little hairy and not dependable. Then it was rigged with V-8's and driven by Buck Thorton. I heard the last time it was seen was at Kramer's place "Apache". Reports were the boat was very well built.
In one of my more memorable conversations with Ben he wanted to give me that hull. I politely declined.

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so what is the difference, if any, between an "offshore tunnelboat" and a "offshore Cat" ???
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