It’s time now for Day 2 of some of the random carp this olelongrooffan has recently spotted around these here Palm Beach, Florida parts. Last week I was down at the big box that loves Jimmie Johnson so much picking up some bathroom paint (did I tell ya how much I hate to paint?) and down by the contractor entrance a little party was happening around a big boat. Of course, I had to mosey on down, grab me a free hot dog and diet sodie pop and ascertain the story about this boat from that lovely young lady pictured above.
Although that young woman is not Miss Geico, she knew all about this motorboat and all of its functions. And try as she might, there was no way she was going to pawn any of those Miss Geico posters off on this olelongrooffan. I did, however, snag a handful of can coozies with that gecko’s logo splattered all over them. Look for one of those come Hoonimas…just saying.
Laura (that is her name by the way) mentioned they take this big old rig to fourteen races per year, mainly along the Atlantic Coast but they do have a race in Lake Michigan and another on some lake in New York state.
I didn’t get the overall length of that motorboat but Laura did tell this olelongrooffan that it cost over $2,000,000.00 for this four year old boat to be built. They are having a new one constructed for the 2014 season. And that trailer runs a mere $80,000.00 which this olelongrooffan thought was fairly reasonable.
Laura further mentioned their new boat is also to be sponsored by Mercury Marine and they will power it, this one is powered by twin helicopter motors, I think she said 1,251’s? No matter what, they are sufficient to get this motorboat up to a top speed of 221 miles per hour.
This olelongrooffan was surprised to see this boat’s home is a mere town or two to the south of TheStuccoBox. When I took leave of that party, Laura handed me a business card and told me to stop on by anytime. I have a feeling that will be happening one day soon. Not next weekend though, they have a boat race up in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
I have seen a few of this boats race offshore. They generally are a few thousand yards off the shoreline and even at that distance, the noise emitting from these babies is thunderous. Not racecar loud as they are nearly a mile away but on the beach, you definitely know they are out there.
And this olelongrooffan is just gonna mention once that everything about this boat, trailer, semi style tow rig is BIG. I mean, hell, their chase vehicle is a freakin’ F350!
The cockpit was not surprisingly spartan. It is a race boat after all. Two seats up front for the driver and co-pilot and a third one in the rear for whoever is crazy enough to get strapped into it. And a gratuitous image of my longerroof in the reflection off that cockpit cover is included at no extra charge.
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