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Old 10-11-2002, 11:44 AM
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I started this thread to get some good solid input on just how much a 36 skater could handle.

I know their basically the S**T when it comes to speed and handling offshore.

I had a friend ride in one and said it rode like a cadilac in big stuff.
He ran in galveston bay, but I've never seen anything over 6's in it.

How about some owners inputs and guys that have ridden in them.!

Its my dream boat, but I would have to live in it to own it!!

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Old 10-11-2002, 12:29 PM
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I raced a 36 Skater in 00 and 01, Team Tellium for those that don't know. The boat is simply amazing in rough water, the snot of Corpus Christie would wear you out but the boat performed perfectly. In the HUGE swells of Daytona in 01 the boat always flew predictibly even though we had huge air. Sarasota in 01 was also incredibly rough, again nothing unexpected from the boat and it outran everything. The only time we got into trouble was taking a turn a little too tight in key west when the boat spun and rolled, in flat water no less. We spent a lot of time getting the boat dialed in with one of the best in the business, your results may vary.

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Mr Velocity, We saw you in the Keys last year, right after you're incident. Do you still race? I think I have pictures I'll try to dig them out.
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Were you spinning your props inboard or outboard at Key West?
They are spinning outboard in the Corpus picture.

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mr_velocity – I believe we are all fairly convinced that Skaters are the bomb for racing. However, most of us don’t race. Could you shed some light on the 36’ Skater as a pleasure boat i.e. the non-professional driver taking friends and family for a run in the ocean. What happens if the 3’ seas on the way out, turn big on the way home? Can you slow the thing down and make your way back? What kind of speed must you maintain to operate the boat properly (airpack).

The lake is getting a little boring and we are making more and more friends that play in the ocean. But they all have V hulls. Love my smaller cat on the lake, just not sure yet if there is a cat that will do both for us.
 
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Thanks for the help on that one!! Thats what kind of input of looking for!

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U.T.

We took Gary and Karen Bicker's beautiful "Danger Zone", a 36 pleasure Skater with twin 900 sc's, from Point Pleasant NJ to the NY SBI race in New York Harbor. We had medium to light seas in the Atlantic going up and averaged about 90 mph (cruising)......The seas were downright snotty coming home......solid 4-5's with an occasional "7th wave" just to keep it interesting and give us some big air. It took us 5 minutes longer to return and we averaged about 80.

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THere is NO frame of reference between anything you've ridden in .......and a Skater. Sorry you missed "On The Prowl" at Skaterfest.

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Oh T2x, you have no idea how much I have kick myself in the ass for not taking that ride. I remember siting in the STUPID meeting Monday morning, the meeting I took the early flight home to make, thinking - I missed that ride for this meeting?

p.s. Don't want you to get the wrong idea on the other thread, read my last post!
 
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TX2 is right. Based on my experience on the race course a 36 Skater or better yet the new 40 will be my next pleasure boat.
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Mr.V.

Were you spinning your props inboard or outboard at Key West?
They are spinning outboard in the Corpus picture.

Give your Dad my best.

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Can't give away all the secrets. Honestly I don't remember which way they were setup for that race, probably spinning out if I had to guess since it was rough. It changed so often I can't keep track.

I'll give John's dad your best.
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