Jet-powered boat to raise money for returning veterans

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  1. kach22i
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    Jet-powered boat to raise money for returning veterans
    http://www.nvf.org/jet-powered-boat-raise-money-returning-veterans
    By LORI BECKER
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
    Monday, September 17, 2007

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    Project home page with videos:
    http://members.usmsg.org/
     
  2. Kay9
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    Kay9 1600T Master

    I would rather he just sent the money the boat will cost to the Vets. You see guys like this all the time. Hey send me $50,000 Ill build the boat/truck/airplane of my dreams, and then Ill go on tour, charge people a $1 a head to see it, and give the money to the vets/kids/homeless, after I take out my expenses of course.

    Just my opinion.

    :)
    K9
     
  3. kach22i
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    You might be right.

    I posted this because it reminded me of the "Military Recon Boat" thread a guy named "Alex" started.

    Plus I thought "The Rat" might like it.;)

    FYI
    Their schedule says that they are at the Miami boat show right now.

    http://fundmsg.com/events.html
     
  4. Kay9
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    It is a neat boat.

    K9
     
  5. FranklinRatliff

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    Jet Engines

    Two General Electric J-79 engines, the powerplant of the F-4 Phantom, would weigh over 6,000 lbs. The more appropriate and likely choices for this boat are the General Electric J-85, the Pratt & Whitney J-60, and the Westinghouse J-34. Another possibility is the Rolls-Royce Viper. A J-85 weighs about 500 lbs while the J-60 comes in at around 600 lbs.
     
  6. kach22i
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    I'm guessing that cost is a factor, and "loud" is a positive for this application.

    The engine install on the homepage is pretty cool.

    I'm not sure about the paint job.
     
  7. FranklinRatliff

    FranklinRatliff Previous Member

    J-85

    www.jetwebb.com

    They're using the J-85.

    A J-85 dragster can be delivered for around $60,000.

    It's not a "million dollar" boat.
     
  8. FranklinRatliff

    FranklinRatliff Previous Member

    Craig Arfons Boat

    Attached are photos of the J-85 hydroplane Craig Arfons built for his attempt on the Water Speed Record.

    In 1989 this entire project was done for around $300,000 (including liability insurance premiums)
     

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  9. charmc
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    I understand your thoughts. The goal is to raise a pretty large amount of money, several million. Unfortunately, despite everyone's claim of "supporting the troops", simple pleas for money don't raise much. There always seems to be a need for some entertainment before people and organizations are willing to cough up the money. Yeah, he'll get a lot of personal/business publicity out of this, and his expenses will be paid, but if it raises several million for veterans aid, more power to him.
     
  10. charmc
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    The F4 Phantom name is just a name to grab attention, might be a plane he flew.

    The J-85's (from the light and nimble F5) will give plenty of power, and are much less costly and complicated to maintain. Good choice.
     
  11. Frosty

    Frosty Previous Member

    I dont think its the need for entertainment but guarantee that the money will get to where they say it will,--not been too successful in the past in other charity organizations has it.

    Bob Geldof threw millions at Africa,----like spitting in the fire.

    You cant blame them being skeptical.
     

  12. kach22i
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    returning veterans

    Not to get political, but the wars are not over.............while we are picking at the title of the thread.

    A friend of a friend is about to go off on his fouth tour of Iraq.:(

    Lost his job, and wife and kids have had it, a life in ruins.

    At least he did not lose half his face (lower jaw) like my firends brother did over there.

    Cool boat though.
     
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