Anakin, your boat is ready, it’s the Front Runner
Is it a pod racer?
No, that’ s just ridiculous (but it does kind of look like one).
This new boat from designer Joey Ruiter has twin sponsons that are separated from the main hull. More importantly, they both house 215 horsepower jet drive motors. This means, yes, 430 horsepower of pod racing water skimming insanity!
But wait, there’s new based in reality too! It’s designed to run in extremely shallow water (think around 2 feet, at the lowest, when it’s up on plane probably about a foot, but that doesn’t really count when coming in to beach it at the local lake).
The other cool bits are the it’s not a glued aluminum solution (likely aluminum welds). The big thing about that is, when you’re done with it, you can recycle the whole thing like a drink can!
It’s going to cost around $40,000 USD which is around the price of a comparable jet drive twin engine would cost, yet it looks about 10 times better.
It’s just a visual prototype right now (which you know I get frustrated with). However it’s an excellent job, it looks great, and should be a ton of fun (is it bad if I admit I kinda want one?)
Here’s a link to Joey Ruiter’s design site.
Here’s a link to the Grand Rapids boat show
Thanks core77 & Grand Rapids Press