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Old 08-28-2010, 10:30 PM
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The boat needs a flat reflective surface for radar to get a good return. If you put some reflective tape that they use in construction zones from home depot on a sponson tip and have them aim at that should get a good return.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:35 PM
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Sorry to hear that Eddie, hopefully you and the boat get the # you deserve!! 151 is flyin, was the previous high 137?

The previous top speed was 142 mph.



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The boat needs a flat reflective surface for radar to get a good return. If you put some reflective tape that they use in construction zones from home depot on a sponson tip and have them aim at that should get a good return.
Right now, I couple of my guys went to Home Depot to get some of the aluminum tape that is used in AC ducts. We are going to put it all over the front of the boat. Hopefully it will help.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:37 PM
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Did he break something??
He's still in search of the right props...may have a better combo tomorrow.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:55 PM
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"gps/chartplotter said 151 mph and the radar said 118 mph. The boat felt better than it ever has and I knew it was running a good #. It's pretty simple math. I was running about 5600 rpm, 1.35 gear and 41 props. That's a bunch more than 118 mph"



I seen you had to lift on the 2nd pass but wow !! Man I hope the duct tape does the trick !!

Yes I realize a 1 mile drag race is not the same as cruising down the waterway but I would be willing to bet that I'm not far off to say that 118 in that boat is a nice cruise at near 50% throttle.. Maybe even a touch less than that..
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Yeah, 118 in that boat is nothing. We regularly cruise at 130+ in that boat. It really doesn't want to do anything funny at all until after 135 mph. It actually did exceptionally well today as far as handling. I was pleasantly surprised.
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Yeah, 118 in that boat is nothing. We regularly cruise at 130+ in that boat. It really doesn't want to do anything funny at all until after 135 mph. It actually did exceptionally well today as far as handling. I was pleasantly surprised.
No doubt.. I know first hand it will run a touch over 100mph at 38%..

One thing about it if the duct tape does the trick you will undoubtedly start a new trend..
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Hey guys. To say that I am dissapointed is an understatement. I have attached a pic of the GPS/chartplotter from the Skater. How or why the radar gun came in at 118 is still a mystery. The second run was my fault. I had the boat a little to stuck on the first run. It will start to lay over on it's side at speed if it is trimmed to low. Once it does that, it will not straighten back up without slowing down. It started on me and once it got bad enough to start veering off course, I stopped accelerating anymore and maintained my speed. I was to close to the finish to back off. ON the second run I loosened it up some and it got to loose. I felt the steering get real tight and had problems driving out of it to the point I had to lift. I got back into it and it started again. The steering got worse and I was forced to back out again. Long strory short, it pitched one of the power steering belts and it was just to hard to turn. We have it fixed and are ready for tomorrow.
Now to the bigger problem. I spoke with Ron Duggan, Bob Teague, and about 10 other guys that know their stuff as to why my gps/chartplotter said 151 mph and the radar said 118 mph. The boat felt better than it ever has and I knew it was running a good #. It's pretty simple math. I was running about 5600 rpm, 1.35 gear and 41 props. That's a bunch more than 118 mph. The general consensus is that the boats radar signature is not very good. We have been trying to figure out what to do. I am open to any and all suggestions. I spoke with a few guys that have had to run metallic stickers, radar reflectors, etc to get a better reading. I heard a bunch of guys complaining about their gps reading being more than the radar, but not 33 mph. The most I heard was 10 from Nauti. Everyone else seemed to be about 3-5 mph.
If anyone has an idea, please spit it out. Thanks
Eddie

By the way, I reset the top speed on the gps about 5 minutes before my run while I was waiting in line to run.
Get ahold of a radar gun (someone will have one, maybe even Teague) and see if the theory pans out. Do some test runs on your own working up from 60 to over 100. Radar is usually good for plus/minus 5mph.

Radar really isn't a good choice if you're basing your findings solely on a radar reading. Too much can affect the turn out. Co-sign effect, other moving objects, power wires, etc. Lydar would be way better but to lock lydar is a mo-fo on a boat. That tech. that they use to regulate speeds in certain offshore classes would be a good way to get consistant readings as well.

Good luck with the runs. Boats awesome.

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we ran 117 in our Black Thunder
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He's still in search of the right props...may have a better combo tomorrow.
Randy should of called I have a bunch of awesome props he could of used. I sure as **** did not need them.......
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