Maybe it would Allison?
Bass and Sport Boat World Speed Records
October 1987 National Outboard Association 1/8 mile course w/electronic timing
No weight restrictions Two-way average mph
90-100 cu. In.
October 1996 American Power Boat Assoc. 5/8 mi. 2 way average
Weight restricted classes
Stock 150 EFI
Stock 175 EFI
Stock 200 EFI
Low Emissions 200
April 1999 American Power Boat Assoc. Drag Race 1/4 mile
Bass & Ski
There's a new kid on this block - well actually it's one of the oldest, just with a new toy.
Mercury racing recently released pictures on its latest bass boat powerhouse. A gas turbine outboard!
Unfortunately, I can't recall all the details, but I can tell that it was expected to be bloody quick!!
Imaginocean Yacht Design
Logic will get you from A to B... Imaginocean will take you everywhere else...
That I had not seen before!
Engine: Allison Rolls Royce 250 Gas Turbine
Power: 320 hp @ 52,000 rpm
Output RPM: 6,000 rpm
Torque: 425 ft lbs @ 2,000 rpm
Compressor speed: 54,000 rpm
Fuel: Diesel, Kerosene, Jet A
Lubrication: Dry-sump/ 3.5 quarts turbine oil
Concept Mercury Turbine Outboard Powered Bass Boat to be Displayed at Bass Masters Classic
Concept Mercury Turbine Outboard Powered Bass Boat
--Efficient Engine Design Delivers Exceptional Power to Weight Ratio
-- Platform For New World Bass Boat Speed Record
Fond du Lac, WI - Mercury Racing of Fond du Lac, WI, Marine Turbine Technologies (MTT) of Franklin, LA and Bryant Enterprises of Maryville, TN have teamed up to develop a concept turbine outboard powered high performance bass boat. The experimental outboard features a Rolls Royce Allison 250 series gas turbine engine mounted to a Mercury Racing 2.5 EFI Offshore outboard center section and 1.62:1 gear ratio Sport Master gearcase. This one- of-a-kind turbine outboard-powered Stroker bass boat will undergo tests in the near future in preparation to set a new American Power Boat Association (APBA) world bass boat speed record.
Overcoming water resistance requires the continuous operation of marine engines at 70 percent or more of their full power in order to maintain cruising speeds. Similarly, aviation engines also experience continuous operation above 70 percent of their available power in order to keep an aircraft flying. Current availability of surplus aircraft turbine engines, which can be refurbished at reasonable cost, has brought turbines into the marine propulsion picture. The turbine engine, designed to run continuously at high power settings and on multiple fuels, is very reliable due to no reciprocating parts. In addition, it provides a higher power-to- weight ratio in a smaller size than either diesel or gasoline engines.
A production version of the turbine-powered Mercury Racing Outboard could be a perfect alternative power source for U.S. Navy special operations forces as a substitute for gasoline powered outboard motors.
MTT founder Ted McIntyre is well known for his design of highly competitive turbine powered offshore race boats. Founded in 1990, MTT has perfected its knowledge of marine turbine installations and often is referred to as the marine turbine experts. Their engines have been featured in several government demonstrations to promote the feasibility and benefits of using turbine engines in government patrol boats and various military craft.
Stroker Boats founder Charles "Chub" Bryant, doing research on the bass boat market in the mid 1980s, found a need for a high qualilty, purpose built high performance bass boat. Bryant has an extensive background in racing and high performance. His career expands three decades of automobile racing, including drag, oval track and off- road racing. During his research of the high performance bass boat market, people said "with your racing background and performance knowledge, why don't you design your own boat?"
Bryant resides in East Tennessee, where the high performance bass boat originated. His goal was to build a boat that not only performs well at high speeds but one that can also handle rough water and is stable in tight turns. After two years and thousands of man hours, the Stroker bass boat hull design was completed. The high performance 21-foot boat, with an exceptionally wide 94 ½"-inch beam, provides a stable, wide deck for anglers to fish from, carries a full tournament load and is easy to drive.
MTT/Mercury Racing Turbine Outboard Specifications
Horsepower 400 Engine
Rolls Royce Allison 250 series gas turbine/Mercury Racing
2.5 EFI Offshore Outboard
Engine Weight Approx: 140 lbs. (less center section and gearcase)
Fuel Diesel, kerosene jp4
Charging System 150 Amp DC generator
Stroker 21 Bass Boat - Standard Features
Standard 3 Color Boat / Built to order
Limited 5 Year Hull Warranty
Uniquely Styled Instrument Panel
8000 RPM Tack
100 MPH Speedometer
Water Pressure Gauge
Flip up hide away bow panel
Fiberglass Stringer System
Fiberglass floor board
Sea Star Pro Hydraulic Steering System with 1500 PSI Kevlar Braided Hoses
Special Designed and Custom tailored Marine Upholstered Seats
2 Matching Pedestal Seats of your choice
Bass or Saddle seats
Adjustable rising / sliding driver seat
Wired for 12/24 Trolling motor with #6 gauge wire
100 % Composite Constriction
Plush Marine carpeting
Large Carpeted bow storage area
Removable glove box
Lockable storage compartments with aluminum lids
Foam insulated cooler
Large Tournament approved double lid divided livewell
500 GPH Mayfair livewell fill pump
Quick change cartridge pump operates on manual or timer control
Livewell recirculating system with timer controlled quick change 500 GPH pump
Manual or automatic Bilge Pump with quick change 500 GPH pump
Live well and cooler drain control
3 Battery trays tied into 1/8" aluminum glassed in Bow and Stern lights
38 Gal. Fuel Tank
Stroker 21 Bass Boat Specifications
100% Hand laid Deck and Hull - AME 4000 Resin
Fuel Capacity 38 Gallons
Overall Length 21 feet
Beam 94 ½ inches
Weight w/ Turbine Outboard 2400 lbs.
Word has it that a small boat manufacturer in Texas has set out to build the world's number one performing flats boat. Right now there proto type is reaching speeds in excess of 80 MPH with a 225 Mercury and they plan on increasing to 300 HP to break 100 MPH. I haven't actualy seen the boat but heard from a friend that owns one of their ski boats here on Lake Austin, which by the way is a SKI PRO the world's number one performing ski boat and a real screamer. He said that it's a cat design with a vented step much like an off shore boat, but flatents out in the back and has a raised tunnel to run shalow. I can't remember the name of the boat it's called Flat Cat or Salt Cat or something like that. The manufacturer is Marine TEC which builds Ski Pro boats, so if you do a search on Ski Pro you could probably get in touch with them. They always hit the Austin and San Antonio boat shows and are supposed to be debuing the boat at the San Antone show. Hope that helps. If anyone knows anymore, or finds out anymore please let me know.
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