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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by uriah1, Nov 13, 2017.
Walking around a marina I came across this boat. Almost 700hp each !
Too much boat. I would prefer something with a higher hp/lb ratio.
Whatever floats your boat, man.
Nothing better than being out on a lake on a nice calm day in a canoe enjoying the sounds of boats powered by several hundred horse power motors. A few dozen jetskies just adds to the pleasure.
Being from the north country like you, I don't understand the foolishness of people with these large boats and they put them on some of our relatively small lakes. I mean its not like we're on the ocean and are going to take off to the Bahamas for the day from Lake Minnetonka or something? But, there they are...
Does the term "overcompensating" come to mind?
Not as many horsepower, but way more fun IMO:
Kw. Off shore racers.
There is definitely a horsepower war going on in powerboats now. If you go down to the Florida Keys there are examples everywhere. You should see what the law enforcement guys have to run to keep up with these guys.
My grandson inherited a 16' jon boat when his other grandfather passed. My grandson is a fanatical young fisherman, just this past Sunday won first place in a kayak-fishing tournament. We converted that jon boat into a "bass" boat by building platforms on that boat, installing a trolling motor and "fishfinder" gear. While he might actually like to have a "proper" bass boat someday, this was kinda like modifying a guitar....a lot of trial and error, and tweaking stuff. Plus, it was a fun project to do with my grandson, and he developed a lot of using tools skills and general self-confidence and analytical practice.
Unless you're on very still water, a speed boat is just a very expensive way to destroy your nether regions.
You could buy a lot of teles with selling just one of those motors.
Cost of my house probably
My boats are fishing boats. Our cottage is on a good sized inland lake, and we get some big & loud powerboats out there. You can hear some of them power up from miles away. I like ‘em, as I like about any fast motor contraption. The big boats out there mostly roar to a sandbar, hang out all day & then roar back. It’s the jet skis that drive me batty. I’m looking across 4 miles of water but jet skis buzz around near shore. Ugh.
None of the big boats are quite like Miss Stars & Stripes, the racing hydroplane that crashed during a speed test on our lake back in the early 1960s. Les Staudacher, a pretty famous racer, lost his rudder at about 200 mph and crashed at Mud Bay. He said the boat went into the woods about 1/4 mile, with him following behind it, breaking nearly every bone in his body. Was in the hospital for something like 11 months & couldn’t race again for a year+!
Now that’s a fast boat.
The only way I like to go fast on a lake:
I like doing that during the Summer.....
Top fuel hydro's are hitting 260mph+ now....
Well, if you can pull it off. I'm pretty sure I'd sink if I tried.
Depends on the hull shape, deadrise angle, chine shape etc. Bolster seats or shock absorbing pedestals or seats are a must, but they are pricey. It is quite possible to go 75+mph in 3-4 foot seas and be comfortable.
No lakes for me, give me my Pacific Ocean and one of the boats I have owned.
Skippering my buddy's boat on the way down the Pacific Coast, just off Big Sur.