Everyone loves a good boat race, sanctioned or unsanctioned. To me, community events, or unsanctioned “races” always seem to capture the spirit of boat racing and are a throwback to how boat racing of all kinds started originally
There is no surprise when young people get into fast boats, they gravitate toward the classic builders. And without exception, Hydrostream is a boat company that has captured so much interest over the years.
On paper, this looks like an odd combination. Take Mercury Marines stock four stroke 150 HP, and pair it with one of the fastest sport boats ever made. But, when you really think about it, the Allison Grand Sport was built to be efficient, not just the fastest.
One thing we have discovered at Wave to Wave, is that there is a huge amount of interest in all things outboard. From re-powers, outboard conversions, new boats, and everything in between, outboards are all the rage. Considering some feedback we get, it is apparent that there is a lack of organized amateur race events for amateurs.
If there is one thing that sets Wave to Wave apart from many other boat publications, it is that we really relate to the everyday performance boater.
In the boat industry in general, there is an undoubted trend in outboard powered boats of all kinds, including performance boats. We have have seen traditional sterndrive models converted to outboard models by the manufacturer.
When I think of how the idea of tuning the Honda BF 150 started, it was after spending so much time working on our outboard articles last year. On top of that research, we conducted a comprehensive survey that helped us gain valuable insight into outboard buyers shopping in the 150 - 300 HP range.
Sometimes people have a difficult time with props and they wonder if changing gear ratios is the solution or even possible. Often the question asks if changing propellers is essentially the same as changing gears, it is not. Here’s why.
While outboard engines have changed a great deal in the last 10 years, the biggest changes have come in the last three years, including the monumental shift at Mercury Outboards in the spring of 2018. At first, four strokes seemed like the enemy of high performance boaters; they were heavy, lacked the low end torque, and were geared to push houseboats, not light performance hulls.
In this episode of Project Activator we look at the floor that is fiberglassed in with layers of 2408 and 1708 fiberglass. Since the boat structure is finished, and it has integrity, we can turn the boat over and begin blueprinting the hull.
Back in 2004, the biggest outboard engine manufacturers at the time, Mercury, Yamaha, and Evinrude, were humming along with their two stroke platforms. For a few reasons, the king of performance two strokes, Mercury Marine, had been working diligently on a completely new platform.
By all accounts the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout for 2018 was a huge success. With all the of the events leading up to it, and all of the partying beforehand, it is amazing that everyone could even get out of bed on Saturday.
Back in June, Matt Trulio and Jason Johnson from Speed on the Water, announced the inaugural speedonthewater.com / Mercury Racing Verado 400R Sport Catamaran Roundup, taking place on August 23.
This restoration feature of this Laser LTV is great for multiple reasons, it features a very cool boat, and it was restored by someone who was born into boats, or as the owner Kody Paul himself said, “I”ve been boating and snowmobiling since I was able to speak.”
If there is one class of boats that is a little confusing on the surface, it is the Mod VP class. Boats that are considered “Mod VP” boats are basically boats of varying hull designs that competed in a class sanctioned by the APBA in 1981
In episode 9 of project activator, we look at the installation of the fuel tank, and the Coosa floor. Plus, we talk about the hardware we ordered and how we changed our mind on the gauges.
Whether you are custom rigging a new boat, simply updating an older boat or finishing a restoration project, gauges are a great way to add style with functionality
After a bit of a delay with Project Activator, we are back.