Posts Tagged ‘race boat’

Best In Show – Race Boat D-U Class a NY built Raveau w/ Mercury Outboard

Best of Show - Race Boat classic Boat Show

She is a restored Raveau race boat with a Mercury outboard. Most remember Raveau boats as the ones that set the 50,000 mile endurance record with Mercury outboards on their transoms in the late 1050s. That record still stands, as far as I know.

Mercury outboards set up the sanctioned record run to associate the idea / prove that their outboards would last a long time.

Jesse’s boat won the Best in Show – Race Boat, a Raveau is a 1948, which was built in Long Island NY. The record setting 50,000 mile boats were built at a later date after when the boat builder had moved to Sarasota Fl.

The 50,000 mile Record Run was sanctioned by USAC, which sanctioned all of the Indianapolis 500 races at that time. Mercury outboards ran the boat (15’ and 16’ Raveau models depending on wind and chop on the lake at the time ) and Mercury outboard engine combos.

Marcel Raveau retired to France in 1963 and the boat company continued to make the boats until around 1965 with long-time employee, Walwork, at the helm of the company and in the boat shop.

Occasionally, a boat or two are still restored or made from new lumber, however, even today.

This one is a fully restored boat and has been in the Jesse’s family for years before he restored it and won the Best of Show – Race Boat Award in the Antique and classic Boat festival held in St. Michaels on June 20, 2010.

Look inside for signs of the anti-trip chines

note the extent of the restortation

It has the LOOK!

Family fun

Magnum Marine boat / yacht – yesterday and tomorrow

Don Aronow driving his wood racer to a world record powered by a GM V-6 diesel souped up and marinized by Daytona Marine

an early Magnum Marine 27 still named Magnum - Donzi when mercruiser used ford engines

Magnum 35 race stripped down with direct shaft drive holman - moody, competition proven, ford engines

A famous ad for Magnum Marine once they moved up to building yachts

Don Aronow started Magnum Marine around 1966 after he sold Donzi Marine on 188th Street in Miami, FL (Thunderboat Row), which he had brought to market after he sold Formula Marine in 1964. Later, Don Aronow also started Cary Marine, Cigarette Racing Team, SquadronXII, and USA Racing Team. He also designed the first Apache powerboat. Finally he ran some experimental outboard powered racing boats, a Cat or two, an unconventional Unlimited  Racer, etc.   

Get a copy of Michael Aronow’s book (ISBN 0-945903-22-7) to really follow Don Aronow’s life and boat racing / boat building career. Its now a rare book, but a copy surfaces once in a while.

Chris Brown / seabuddy got as far as taking a sea trial in a 27’ Magnum twin small block Mercruiser with Alpha Mercruiser sterndrives before he came to the conclusion that it just was not a fast enough boat for him (she did top speeds in the mid 50 mph range). 

Now Magnum Marine is working on their biggest yacht yet. In 2012 Magnum Marine expects to have their trend setting 100’ yacht ready. That yacht is expected to run three engines totaling 7,800 in Hp through three Arneson Surface Drives reach light load speeds in the low 60 mph range. Magnum Marine and Arneson Surface Drives have made many boat and yacht marriages together. I have sea trialed that combo and its works exceptionally well. Currently, Magnum Marine gives out specs of LOA 95’, beam 20’ and a weight of 147,000 lbs for the 2012 Magnum Marine 100’.

drawing of the 100' Magnum Marine 2012 Yacht

Miss America – boats and Gar Wood – boat racer

Gar Wood, the boat racer…his first racing boat was his Miss Detroit. He bought that boat.

Gar Wood set his first boat racing world record in 1920 in the first race boat he caused to have built, Miss America. The new boat racing record was at 74.870 mph.

Wood then had a series of race boats designed and built and named II through X versions of Miss America.

These racing boats took Gar Wood to five Gold Cup race wins. Gar Wood also won the Harmsworth Trophy nine times.

In his Gar Jr. II boat, Wood beat the train up the Hudson River and another beat the Havana Special train from Miami to New York by making the run in 47 hours and 23 minutes. The train took 12 minutes longer.

Gar Wood was the first boat racer to break 100 mph on water in Miss America IX. That was in 1931.

Gar Wood, in his Miss America X, was also the world’s fastest boat racer at over 124 mph in a timed straightaway.

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Record Speed Boat – Miss America IX

The first record for this race boat, Miss America IX, was to break 100 mph barrier on the water. With its owner and builder driving, Gar Wood, she topped out at 102.256 mph in early 1931.

She then did 103.069 mph at another date in later in 1931.

In February, 1932, Gar Wood set another record pace of 112.434 statute miles an hour over the measured nautical mile in his Miss America IX.

The Miss America IX was powered with two 12-cylinder Packard motors, developing 1,200 horsepower each when first built. After about mid-April, 1931, superchargers were added to the motors that hopped them up to approximately 1,600 horsepower each.

Thus, Miss America IX set a best of 103 plus mph naturally aspirated and 112 mph plus supercharged

Pictured here is Miss America in March, 2010 afloat on Lake Dora, Fl.

Mr. Wood died in Florida  in 1971 at the age of 90.

It was a great boating experience for seabuddy to photograph such a historical race boat.