Anyone else out there into boats?


GT@50

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Dec 14, 2019
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Issaquah
Gt@50...108, I am not worthy! I'll stay on the porch/deck/dock.
Not bad for GM engines a little under 700hp each.
Of course 2112's FORD powered is faster!
I'm sure there are others on here with some extreme go fasts.
 

GT@50

GT Owner
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Dec 14, 2019
394
Issaquah
Nice Formula! Always easy to pick out in a crowd. What motors?

Fountains are another easy one to spot with that bow. Beautiful boats.

I have a Contender 30 ST.


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Much warmer blue!
 

GT@50

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Issaquah
Did you guys ever notice that 95% of Boat guys love cars but only about 10% of car guys are into boats?
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That 10% are smart!
 

GT@50

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Dec 14, 2019
394
Issaquah
That's badass, but I think would look better in digital format. Fastest I've been on a boat is ~95 in an Eliminator. You are crazy! 42' Lightening has always been one of my favorite boats.

My last trip to the Bahamas and back below. I've only toped out at 69.4... not quite enough to round up. Not too bad for fishing boat with only 600hp total. Guess I only hit 63 on this trip.View attachment 62774
It's a 38' and older than my GT, 2002, so analog it is.
WOT 2 gallons 92 octane per mile lol
Measly 4# boost but 350 hours later all's good.
 

2112

Blue/white 06'
Mark II Lifetime
Not bad for GM engines a little under 700hp each.
Of course 2112's FORD powered is faster!
I'm sure there are others on here with some extreme go fasts.
Wow, Just 700? I would have guessed quite a bit more for a full cabin boat the same length as mine doing 108. I only weight 9000lbs fully wet.

How much change did switching to the IMCO drives and 5 blade surface cleavers net you?

Impressive.
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GT@50

GT Owner
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Dec 14, 2019
394
Issaquah
Wow, Just 700? I would have guessed quite a bit more for a full cabin boat the same length as mine doing 108. I only weight 9000lbs fully wet.

How much change did switching to the IMCO drives and 5 blade surface cleavers net you?

Impressive.
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Going from Imco -1 Extremes, 6bl Herings to Imco -4 SCX's, 5 bl Herings MPH stayed +/- 1 depending on day but I haven't had to idle back to the dock.
I think I'm 8500# dry plus 1400# fuel.
 

2112

Blue/white 06'
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Going from Imco -1 Extremes, 6bl Herings to Imco -4 SCX's, 5 bl Herings MPH stayed +/- 1 depending on day but I haven't had to idle back to the dock.
I think I'm 8500# dry plus 1400# fuel.
I am impressed Rob. Good Rigging and driving. I know when I make a speed run, it takes every ounce of concentration. One wrong move......

I have the XR shortys and 4 blade props. It actually drives wonderfully with all -around great manners but I have seized a cone clutch before. Luckily in forward. As I mentioned, I always like the IMCO, only wish the XPower was a more serious player. IT would be a direct swap.
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roketman

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Oct 24, 2005
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Decided I’d give boating a try! Although like everything else in my life I have no desire to go fast in a boat ,as I am a novice boater. So I joined Freedom boat club.
 

Mule Air

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Jan 28, 2019
27
Raleigh, NC
I used to have a Fountain. One that I custom ordered new and had to completely disassemble and reconstruct due to the horrible quality of construction. Yes, rebuild the stringers, bulkheads and entire deck.

Was that before or after they went bankrupt and Reggie sold?
 

Tomcat

GT Owner
May 23, 2013
996
North Carolina & Perdido Key
Did you guys ever notice that 95% of Boat guys love cars but only about 10% of car guys are into boats?
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It probably comes down to convenience and access. Virtually all car people have a garage but a lot less have convenient access to water. I grew up in Florida and lived in San Diego... So I have water/ocean in my earliest/fondest memories.
 
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2112

Blue/white 06'
Mark II Lifetime
Was that before or after they went bankrupt and Reggie sold?
Had the boat made in 1998. I paid for all the upgrades to construction available at the time. For example, vacuum bagging the lay-up was an extra $10K at that time. Now that's standard operating procedure.

I complained immediately. After about a year of back and forth, they came all the way out to get the boat to fix it.

It sat in Washington N.C. For over a year before I went and got it back and just fixed it myself. Thankfully, the Hull itself was done very well.
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GT@50

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Dec 14, 2019
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Issaquah
I am impressed Rob. Good Rigging and driving. I know when I make a speed run, it takes every ounce of concentration. One wrong move......

I have the XR shortys and 4 blade props. It actually drives wonderfully with all -around great manners but I have seized a cone clutch before. Luckily in forward. As I mentioned, I always like the IMCO, only wish the XPower was a more serious player. IT would be a direct swap.
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Yes, very sensitive at 100. At 108 it seemed to relax. I've heard that boats will have an "Oh crap" zone. I think mine's at 100-104.
 

Mule Air

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Jan 28, 2019
27
Raleigh, NC
Had the boat made in 1998. I paid for all the upgrades to construction available at the time. For example, vacuum bagging the lay-up was an extra $10K at that time. Now that's standard operating procedure.

I complained immediately. After about a year of back and forth, they came all the way out to get the boat to fix it.

It sat in Washington N.C. For over a year before I went and got it back and just fixed it myself. Thankfully, the Hull itself was done very well.
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Wow. That sucks to have such a bad experience on something like that. You paid for the best and obviously didn't get it. I thought they were supposed to be very well built boats at that time and a great company to work with too. I've been to that factory in Washington. Pretty neat.
 

2112

Blue/white 06'
Mark II Lifetime
Wow. That sucks to have such a bad experience on something like that. You paid for the best and obviously didn't get it. I thought they were supposed to be very well built boats at that time and a great company to work with too. I've been to that factory in Washington. Pretty neat.
My feeling was if I were to have paid them to rig my boat with big power (which could double or triple the price) I would have received a better product. The boat was certainly cutting edge bottom technology for 1998. It was fast.

I rig my own boats. I just did not want what they had to offer in that department.

I would bet if you bought a 42' Lightning with big Mercury power, the quality of your boat would be a whole lot better than mine was.

My Warlock (1st boat) and Cigarette were both extremely well constructed.
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2112

Blue/white 06'
Mark II Lifetime
Yes, very sensitive at 100. At 108 it seemed to relax. I've heard that boats will have an "Oh crap" zone. I think mine's at 100-104.
My Cig is on Rails the entire way. What makes me nervous is Debris or a rogue roller I don't see until it is too late.
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GT@50

GT Owner
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Dec 14, 2019
394
Issaquah
My Cig is on Rails the entire way. What makes me nervous is Debris or a rogue roller I don't see until it is too late.
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Mine feels like it's on one rail until that 108. Before the SCX's it felt better.
Ask my gimbal ring about a rogue wave at 90. Idled around the corner to go through the locks. Trim indicators were off, stuck maybe, so I kept trimming up and down and they realigned. Idled through the cut and took it easy to Coulon just cause, long day. I didn't realize it was broken until I put the boat on the trailer and saw the drives not parallel. Big rings now.
 

PeteK

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Apr 18, 2014
1,574
Kalama, Free part of WA State
Re the 95%/10%: Probably also true of airplanes.
 
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