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dpolen
02-08-2007, 07:22 PM
The dream boat thread got me thinking about how I always wanted a go-fast boat when I was younger. What's the fastest you've ever been in a boat and in what kind of vessel?

For me, it was 92mph in a 42ft Formula, think it had triple 825's in it...was crazy cool.

TMCNo1
02-08-2007, 07:36 PM
Rode in a converted Allison SK racer to a pleasure go fast with a 454/2 4bbl, tunnel ram and we were radared at 121 mph. When the boat was campaigned as a racer by brothers Gary and Roger Willis of Kernersville, NC, running 1+ mile ovals on the East Coast, it quailfied at 127 mph average in the SS class. I did all their graphics and lettering on their boats.

Maristar210
02-08-2007, 07:40 PM
1980's 38 Scarab. Dialed it up to 80. Tht was enough for me. Things happen very fast at that speed. I cannot imagine going 121 Harold:cool:

Steve

TX.X-30 fan
02-08-2007, 07:53 PM
About 53 in a ranger bass boat. Way to fast 18" off the water.

agua4fun
02-08-2007, 07:54 PM
78 in a 18' glastron carlson......... coming out of the water.... too fast for something that small.
TMC#1 - 121!! WOW!!

Hoosier Bob
02-08-2007, 07:59 PM
I would have to say around 70 in an old Tahiti!

TMCNo1
02-08-2007, 08:09 PM
I'll say this, when we pulled up to the boat ramp to load it back up, I had to get down on my knees in the water, because I couldn't stand up, I was shaking so bad! Then I read the radar gun! Everything is a blur at that speed and these guys did it about every other weekend during the summer with 12 lap heat races and 25 lap features.

Slinkyredfoot
02-08-2007, 08:23 PM
[QUOTE=agua4fun]78 in a 18' glastron carlson......... coming out of the water.... too fast for something that small.
TMC#1 - 121!! WOW!![/QUOT

48mph in a 13' Glastron with a 70hp Merc when I was 10....I have been scared of boats and water ever since....:D

Slinkyredfoot
02-08-2007, 08:27 PM
Actually back then it was a "Glaspar" but it still had 70 horses and went 48mph, I am still scared to death of Mercury motors...

JohnnyB
02-08-2007, 08:32 PM
62mph. My dads Sea Ray 180 with a 150hp. Lots of fun on glass water trimmed up.

TX.X-30 fan
02-08-2007, 08:39 PM
[QUOTE=agua4fun]78 in a 18' glastron carlson......... coming out of the water.... too fast for something that small.
TMC#1 - 121!! WOW!![/QUOT

48mph in a 13' Glastron with a 70hp Merc when I was 10....I have been scared of boats and water ever since....:D


I thought my post Screamed Redneck. I think you have the lead by a nose. 8p 8p 8p

east tx skier
02-08-2007, 08:42 PM
45.5 mph at 4,600 rpm. Yeah, my MasterCraft.

Slinkyredfoot
02-08-2007, 08:54 PM
[QUOTE=Slinkyredfoot]


I thought my post Screamed Redneck. I think you have the lead by a nose. 8p 8p 8p

There is no way I was "Redneck" when I was 10 years old or even now, just a mainstream Anglo Saxon American male who has a lot of fond memories of boating.....:D
What do you "Rednecks" think????

Workin' 4 Toys
02-08-2007, 09:46 PM
In the 70s a few times in the Hydrostream. Of course was it really, we didn't have GPS back then...

T Scott
02-08-2007, 09:49 PM
62mph in the ole Barefoot 200. I open her up every time I'm out.......to blow the carbon out of course!!:D

rcnjson
02-08-2007, 10:10 PM
Actually back then it was a "Glaspar" but it still had 70 horses and went 48mph, I am still scared to death of Mercury motors...

I had a glaspar, had the 85 horse evinrude outboard motor... went over 50, probably the fastest I've ever gone in a boat. Does that make me a redneck?
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Jerseydave
02-08-2007, 10:16 PM
19' outboard powered boat with foot throttle and jack plate....85
My Formula 303, twin 502's went 72mph

A local business owner (equip. rentals) owns a 40' Skater with twin 1800 hp turbines runs 200+, but I've never been in it. A friend of mine went with him and said at 120 it feels like 55 mph in a car on the highway.......super stable.

3event
02-08-2007, 10:23 PM
68mph might not be anyone's world record, but it was our boat (traded in for MC) and on a <100 acre lake. An 18' checkmate with a Merc175EFI dyno'd at a clean 200hp. Would chine walk real nice when trimmed out, and on a rough day you could get the thing out of the water entirely - I got the prop completely out just once at about 55. FUN FUN FUN!

Sodar
02-08-2007, 11:18 PM
I have gone 98mph in a 21' Schiada V-drive, but my fastest speed overall was 145mph. I am really interested to see if anyone on here has gone any faster...

Mag_Red
02-08-2007, 11:21 PM
I have gone 98mph in a 21' Schiada V-drive, but my fastest speed overall was 145mph. I am really interested to see if anyone on here has gone any faster...I could have claimed faster if Ihad taken the offer to ride in a Skater owned by the father of one of my daughter's freind. It was GPS'ed on Cumberland at 151!:eek3:

Sodar
02-08-2007, 11:25 PM
What Skater was it? I used to work for the guy that owned "Double Take"...

Looked like this:
http://newimages.yachtworld.com/1/3/0/3/0/1303091_1.jpg?1161068400000

TX.X-30 fan
02-08-2007, 11:28 PM
[QUOTE=TX.X-30 fan]

There is no way I was "Redneck" when I was 10 years old or even now, just a mainstream Anglo Saxon American male who has a lot of fond memories of boating.....:D
What do you "Rednecks" think????



I stand corrected Sir. :headbang:

Leroy
02-08-2007, 11:29 PM
I'm with Doug fastest is ~46MPH in my Maristar except for once in a bass boat pulled someone to 55MPH on combo skis in college. He said just hammer until it hit 55 and then start slowing down.

tex
02-08-2007, 11:32 PM
58 on the whip on a airplane tube tied to the back of a bass boat. Had to be doing at least 90! I was so WT!

Ric
02-09-2007, 08:06 AM
mid 70s in a NICE 1000hp blown Fountain

Mag_Red
02-09-2007, 08:09 AM
What Skater was it? I used to work for the guy that owned "Double Take"...

Looked like this:
http://newimages.yachtworld.com/1/3/0/3/0/1303091_1.jpg?1161068400000Can't remember the name of his boat, but his name was Barry Faxon

sizzler
02-09-2007, 08:18 AM
flat out behind my barefoot200,,,fully trimmed up.....on 2 ski's....and on barefeet(trainers actually).......was over 65mph........

faster in a phantom with twin 225 evinrudes,,,,but i was in the cockpit....was 85mph in rough seas.......was spitting blood for a while...

sizzler
02-09-2007, 08:22 AM
gonna find it hard to beat this fella.......


http://www.acrossthelake.com/

Workin' 4 Toys
02-09-2007, 08:37 AM
I have gone 98mph in a 21' Schiada V-drive, but my fastest speed overall was 145mph. I am really interested to see if anyone on here has gone any faster...
So this was a test......:confused:

Sodar
02-09-2007, 08:55 AM
So this was a test......:confused:

No, I was just listing my fastest speed in a small boat (21' Schiada), but my 145mph run was in a 46' Skater called "Double Take."

DrNautica
02-09-2007, 08:59 AM
122 MPH in a 42' Fountain w/twin 1300HP.
107 MPH in a 30' Eliminator Daytona Cat w/stock Merc 500EFI's.
90+ MPH in a bunch of boats.
83 MPH in my own Baja w/single 540 inch naturally aspirated 686HP. :D

Oh, and 73KIAS (84 MPH) landing in a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan Amphib, which, once on the water, is technically a boat.

jlf
02-09-2007, 09:12 AM
I think it was in our neighbor's 24' Nordic, it does like 76mph.

Mikey
02-09-2007, 09:19 AM
It wasnt in a boat but I went 78mph across the water on a snowmobile. Does that count?:D

Sodar
02-09-2007, 09:38 AM
It wasnt in a boat but I went 78mph across the water on a snowmobile. Does that count?:D

That counts even more! That is crazy! I have never been on or seen a snowmobile up close, what keeps you going on water? Do you just build up enough speed to skim over the water?

sberry3827
02-09-2007, 09:59 AM
78mph - 1979 Hydrostream, its still in the family

Workin' 4 Toys
02-09-2007, 10:11 AM
78mph - 1979 Hydrostream, its still in the family
Got any pics...I'd love to see it..



Sodar, picture the track as if it has (48) 1" tall paddles 15" wide. It's not something you can accomplish from a stop, but with forward momentum certainly.

Lark
02-09-2007, 10:16 AM
I've been 77 on the 197 TT.

sizzler
02-09-2007, 10:21 AM
I've been 77 on the 197 TT.


Kilometeres Per Hour .....right

Lark
02-09-2007, 10:23 AM
Kilometeres Per Hour .....right

Damn, can't put much past you guys! ;)

sizzler
02-09-2007, 10:24 AM
Damn, can't put much past you guys! ;)
i've been up slightly longer than you guys......

TMCNo1
02-09-2007, 10:29 AM
i've been up slightly longer than you guys......


NO-DOZE works everytime!:rolleyes: :D 8p

sberry3827
02-09-2007, 10:32 AM
WFT - its stored away up north at the cottage, off the top of my head, the only place i can think of picutures being is also at the cottage. I'll have to try to remember to get some pics this spring and post em. Pretty sweet little boat, but 78mph in that little SOB is a bit much for my taste, I'd rather cruise and listen to my 351 hum:)

Mikey
02-09-2007, 10:47 AM
Got any pics...I'd love to see it..



Sodar, picture the track as if it has (48) 1" tall paddles 15" wide. It's not something you can accomplish from a stop, but with forward momentum certainly.

W4T, Im not trying to be a smart@$$ here but actually the taller the track lugs isnt always better. My watercross drag sled had a .82 lug height on the track. We would actually lose speed if we went with a bigger lug due to too much water being thrown up into the tunnel creating more drag on the drivetrain. For oval racing we would use a little bigger lugs because top speed wasnt necessarily a big factor. And you "can" start out with the tips of the skis touching the waters edge, but the official starting line in the IWA (International Watercross Association) is I believe 20ft from the shore line. During the oval races I would slow down to about 8-10 mph for corners. And that is watercross racing in-a-nutshell. Also I have been told that it is possibly the only form of oval racing that goes in a clockwise direction. It protects the clutch and belts from getting too wet causing slippage.

For those of you who have never seen watercross racing before you can check it out here! http://www.iwausa.org/ I havnt raced in about 6 years so I think they dumped the pics of me on there.:(

Workin' 4 Toys
02-09-2007, 10:50 AM
WFT - its stored away up north at the cottage, off the top of my head, the only place i can think of picutures being is also at the cottage. I'll have to try to remember to get some pics this spring and post em. Pretty sweet little boat, but 78mph in that little SOB is a bit much for my taste, I'd rather cruise and listen to my 351 hum:)
Which model is it?

Workin' 4 Toys
02-09-2007, 11:05 AM
W4T, Im not trying to be a smart@$$ here but actually the taller the track lugs isnt always better. My watercross drag sled had a .82 lug height on the track. We would actually lose speed if we went with a bigger lug due to too much water being thrown up into the tunnel creating more drag on the drivetrain. For oval racing we would use a little bigger lugs because top speed wasnt necessarily a big factor. And you "can" start out with the tips of the skis touching the waters edge, but the official starting line in the IWA (International Watercross Association) is I believe 20ft from the shore line. During the oval races I would slow down to about 8-10 mph for corners. And that is watercross racing in-a-nutshell. Also I have been told that it is possibly the only form of oval racing that goes in a clockwise direction. It protects the clutch and belts from getting too wet causing slippage.

For those of you who have never seen watercross racing before you can check it out here! http://www.iwausa.org/ I havnt raced in about 6 years so I think they dumped the pics of me on there.:(
Oh sure you aren't...;)
I hadn't realized you were into watercross racing. I tried to make it to the event in Indiana in '05, I was in route buying a snowmobile, and I planned on stopping in on the way past. Didn't make it because something came up. I would like to attend a race oneday.
My point was to describe to him how it works more than the techinical aspects behind the racing. My 1" track suits me fine for crossing water, but I'd be hesitant to enter a race let alone at 70+mph. Straight I can do, continuous ovals I have not tried. And generally speaking, the starts are from sand correct?

Harvey
02-09-2007, 11:05 AM
I once rode shotgun in a Skeeter at over 70. I was so close to the water I could have put my hand in it. One good sized wake and I might not be typing this, crazy competition fisherman.

Faded & X9-Rated
02-09-2007, 11:08 AM
Got asked by my dad's friend to take a "cruise" in his new boat, so of course I said yes when I heard it was a Supercat!!

Nor-Tech 36' SuperCat w/ Twin Merc 1075's
Topped out a little over 140 MPH!

Mikey
02-09-2007, 11:16 AM
Straight I can do, continuous ovals I have not tried. And generally speaking, the starts are from sand correct?

Ovals arent that hard except for the fact that it beats the hell out of you. It is very similar to carving in deep powder.

Some starting lines are sand, some are grass and every combination of the two. It just depends on the race site.

Maybe we should move this conversation to the Sled jakd thread or maybe start an official "Watercross thread".:D

M-Funf
02-09-2007, 11:46 AM
My fastest is about 80mph in a D-Stock Hydro...

I've also done 70+ in a 1963 Rayson Craft flat bottom with a 421 Pontiac power plant...

betsy&david Harrison
02-09-2007, 11:48 AM
Friend took me out in the alcohol boat he used to race.
We hit 90mph... eeek! I didn't have much to hold onto. He still races today. I saw him on some channel recently...Scott Loomis is his name.

Mikey
02-09-2007, 12:01 PM
I dont know why but high speeds on water sure seem ALOT faster than on land.

Lark
02-09-2007, 12:05 PM
That deadly boat crash that took place north of here last year had a helicopter jet engine. Wonder if it would run faster than my 197? 8p

rick s.
02-09-2007, 12:11 PM
In the early 70's one of my friends had an E-class drag boat. 16 feet long, flat bottom, powered by a built 327 chevy. two big four-barrel carbs, tall manifold, loved to hear that boat run with it's lopy idle. In order to start the motor he had to put a shower cap over one of the carbs as it didn't have enough vacuum to draw air down thru both carbs at idle. Once running the shower cap would come off.

The boat ran in the mid 90's for the quarter mile, he took me for a ride once and scared the k-rap out of me. Speed was somewhere in the mid 80's when I said no more.

Maristar210
02-09-2007, 12:16 PM
On Second thought the "fastest I have ever been in a boat" was about 14 minutes after I got home and packed up a cooler:D

Sodar
02-09-2007, 12:26 PM
That deadly boat crash that took place north of here last year had a helicopter jet engine. Wonder if it would run faster than my 197? 8p

This crash?

sanjuan23
02-09-2007, 12:30 PM
Yup that would be the one.

ski_king
02-09-2007, 12:31 PM
Skied behind my friends old jet drive in the high 70's on a 64 in. World Team Comp, that scared the crap out of me.

TMCNo1
02-09-2007, 12:37 PM
All I can say is FAST, when the wife said, "Here comes a boat"!

sberry3827
02-09-2007, 12:55 PM
Which model is it?
Not sure, its actually my father-in-law's boat. I can only remember seeing Hydrostream on it, not a model, but I will find out.

Danimal
02-09-2007, 02:33 PM
If gone about 65mph in a Ranger bass boat. The pucker factor was simply incredible:eek3:

Ric
02-09-2007, 02:50 PM
What's the fastest you've ever been in a boat?
..... uhhh nevermind

tommcat
02-09-2007, 05:18 PM
been 109. small little pickle fork thing with a 572 in it, pretty scary actually.

Rich_G
02-09-2007, 06:45 PM
On a dare, when I was about 19 I got on a tube behind a redneck jet boat with a 454. This was old school, just a big truck tire tube with a rigged handle and a 100' rope. When I got tossed I hit so hard I thought I had landed on the shore. Skipped about a hundred yards and my vest was ripped off (and I don't mean stolen).

M-Funf
02-09-2007, 06:59 PM
This was old school, just a big truck tire tube with a rigged handle and a 100' rope.

I remember those from when I was a kid. We'd tape the metal valve part down to the tube with duct tape and tie a rope to it. After a couple rides, a rash would show up on the underside of your arm and thighs :eek: One guy we towed that way for a long time was bleeding from all the chafing goin' on...:eek3:

shepherd
02-09-2007, 08:10 PM
What's the fastest you've ever been in a boat and in what kind of vessel?



Light speed............ times 2.

Millenium Falcon

Upper Michigan Prostar190
02-09-2007, 08:17 PM
Light speed............ times 2.

Millenium Falcon
She's fast enough for you old man.

flyingskibiker
02-09-2007, 10:39 PM
trimmed the crud out of my friend's family's V-bow I/O and hit 58. 8p
ran over 70 in a friend's bass boat.
~106 in a CAT at havasu. ;)
the bass boat was the scariest! though, the CAT woke me up when it started dancing back and forth on the chines...

cbryan70
02-09-2007, 10:51 PM
72....not on a boat but tubing behind it....

ctkiteboarding
02-22-2007, 01:59 PM
i think i might be in the lead here, 36' skator with twin sterlings 1300's

164mph on the great south bay, 2 gps's and a radar gun ,

CATISFACTION is the name of the boat, bill schmit is the owner,, i haul the boat w my blk dodge to poker runs and speed jamborees etc

completely sick,, boat runs 150 on LI sound like its on rails

:D :D :D :D

sanjuan23
02-22-2007, 02:06 PM
The Boss and I took out his "little" fishing rig yesterday to check out his new fishfinder GPS thing. I dialed that thing in and GPS'd @ 79 before I became to white knuckled to go further. That fast that close to the water is insane. First Outboard I have driven since we bought the MasterCraft. What a beating

Sodar
02-22-2007, 02:14 PM
i think i might be in the lead here, 36' skator with twin sterlings 1300's

164mph on the great south bay, 2 gps's and a radar gun ,

CATISFACTION is the name of the boat, bill schmit is the owner,, i haul the boat w my blk dodge to poker runs and speed jamborees etc

completely sick,, boat runs 150 on LI sound like its on rails

:D :D :D :D


That is BAD @SS!!! I might beat you, but not until this summer! I just heard Monday, that an acquaintance's 40' Skater Flat deck had new motors put into it over winter. They tested the boat last weekend at 173mph, when they ran out of water... hopefully, I can scam a run this summer for a 170+ mph run!!!

chudson
02-22-2007, 02:24 PM
This one didn't beat some of you and no I've never rode in it but it's nice lookin at none the less......... http://www.whipplesuperchargers.com/content.asp?pageID=72

18947

Michael Epp
02-22-2007, 03:41 PM
In the low 60's in a 20' I/O; MerCuriser Bravo 3, 350 Magnum, open exhaust; private boat manufacturer in Vernon, BC, Canada; brand name is Malibu; an awsome boat; I loved the open exhaust; they can now build the boat with a 496 Magnum...a lot of power for a 20' boat; I'm told it will touch 80. If I could have 2 boats, it would be one of these plus my new X-15 on order.

ctkiteboarding
02-22-2007, 03:56 PM
yea CATISFACTION is a flat deck as well ,

i dont thing we will break 170 with the power in her now but 164 was pretty stout ,
we drove around several other cats in the "professional class" nordic, spectors,skators and MTI, they werent too happy about it ,

two guys from ct with our little 36 showing up on a dulley without a tractor trailer or heli support, not even matching shirts ;) ,

, they didnt no us that am at reg. but by cocktails they sure as hell did:toast: R hahaha

Sodar
02-22-2007, 04:21 PM
yea CATISFACTION is a flat deck as well ,

i dont thing we will break 170 with the power in her now but 164 was pretty stout ,
we drove around several other cats in the "professional class" nordic, spectors,skators and MTI, they werent too happy about it ,

two guys from ct with our little 36 showing up on a dulley without a tractor trailer or heli support, not even matching shirts ;) ,

, they didnt no us that am at reg. but by cocktails they sure as hell did:toast: R hahaha

That is very cool! I know that MTI's are the up and coming boat, but I still love the lines of the Skater...

Guess I better get back to work and try to make enough to afford one someday!!!!

ctkiteboarding
02-22-2007, 04:33 PM
good luck at 600k ill take my powerstar anyday

atlfootr
02-22-2007, 08:43 PM
What's the fastest you've ever been in a boat and in what kind of vessel?
My brother's TALON CAT, got up to 90mph :eek:
It tops over 100 plus, but he's alittle uneasy push'n the envelope.

http://www.talon22.com/img/image1.jpg