F1 Power Boats

Inaugurated in 1981 power-boat race is a Grand Prix style event, where groups compete around the globe each time. With 16 motorboats fighting fulltime, a total of 23 motorists and 9 groups joined at least one-race, in the 2013 period. The contests occur along a path of about 350 metres with several turns, over that the boats may achieve 250 kms per-hour (155 miles per hour). Several automobile races are not longer than most power-boat races at about 45 minutes, but nevertheless smaller than the races.

Found on tntcustommarine.com

Found on tntcustommarine.com

Tube shell catamarans which are capable of both high velocity and exceptional maneuverability are used by F 1 race. Over all, the boats consider 860 lbs (390 kilogrammes), including 260 lbs (118 kilogrammes) of motor. They’re 20-feet (6 yards) long and seven feet (2 yards) wide, maintaining fat reduced through substantial use of carbon fibre and kevlar. The tunnel hull layout produces aerodynamic lift by the terrace created as a result of a ‘side’ and under-surface of the shell. Aerodynamic lift raises and reduces drag, therefore that at rate just several inches of the vessel contact the water, resulting in the highspeed potential with one of these hulls.

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Found on sail-world.com

F-1 boats are driven by a Mercury Marine V-6 two throw that burns off 100LL of gas in a speed of 120 liters (32 gallons) per-hour, creating more than 400 hp at 10,500 rpm. This motor can push the boats to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under two seconds and to some maximum rate of more than 250 km/h (155-mph).

Even though F-1 motorboats haven’t changed significantly in appearance since the beginning of the occasion, security and the building continues to be drastically enhanced in the first available- seat boats. Be on the lookout for this year’s boat race 2014.

The very first significant improvement was the tough amalgamated seat ejection seat developed to split from other vessel in an accident. This also inaugurated the training of fixing the motorists with a funnel for their chairs. First created by speed and custom Joe Hodges, this program was discretionary for some time because of the resistance of the motorists but, after a few motorists were preserved by it in important accidents, it was required by the UIM for all motorboats. In the early 1990s F-1 boat builder Dave Burgess released a cover that completely enclosed the seat to shield the motorist in the full power of plain water in a nosedive. In the late 1990s boat builder an air bag located behind the driver that keeps the seat if the vessel turns from fully submerging was launched by DAC.

These particular modifications safely functions were also with a development of more powerful and lighter composite hulls that additionally lowered the risks of rushing. F 1 drivers today also use a HANS Head and Neck Restraining apparatus much like that used by their Method One car racing alternatives to fight throat and brain injuries.

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Tips for Finding the Proper Fishing Equipment

Fishing is an interesting activity for most people. There are many of people that want to spend their holidays out on the water. If you are planning to do this exciting activity, you have to prepare everything. There are some important things that you have to prepare today, including the fishing equipment. It is important to select the best fishing equipment and supplies that can provide the best experience for all people. Here are some useful steps that you should follow immediately. These steps are specially created to help you find the proper equipment that is suitable for your needs.

1. Decide your fishing location

Fishing Location

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This is the first thing that you should do. It is important for you to select the right location for doing this activity. There are some locations that you can choose, for example lakes, oceans, ponds, and some other places. Different locations require you to purchase different equipment and supplies. Therefore, the location becomes an important factor that you have to take a look. You should also consider the fish types that you are going to catch. If you want to catch large and huge fish, you should prepare some heavy-duty equipment and supplies.

2. Create checklist of equipment

It is also important to create a checklist of the equipment. This checklist should be able to help you identify all important fishing supplies or equipment that you need to purchase. There are some important items that you should purchase, for example rods, reels, line, bait, backpack, and some other items. They are some basic things that can help you catch fish easily. Make sure that you list all essential items, so you will never forget about these important things. Don’t forget to bring some additional items to make you feel comfortable when you are doing this activity, for example insect repellent, sunscreen, snacks, drinking water, tackle box, and some other items.

3. Visit some available stores

You can find a lot of stores that are available today. Some stores may offer reliable and high quality fishing supplies. You should visit some of them, so you can compare all available items. Don’t forget to visit iboats.com. This site offers some high quality items for people who want to enjoy their fishing experience. This website has a lot of customers today. Most customers are satisfied with the service quality that is offered by this store. You can also choose your favorite supplies and equipment in this online store easily.

Shared on I Love Boating

Shared on I Love Boating

They are some basic things that you should know before you are doing this favorite activity. Many people want to spend their holiday by fishing around their house. There are some fishing spots that may be located in your city. Some places may require you to have proper skills and knowledge. These places usually offer certification and training program for all beginners. You can take these training sessions, so you are able to improve your skills quickly and effectively. After you complete this program, you should be able to receive certificate from the official institution. You can enter some fishing spots by showing your certificate.

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Tips For Getting Your Boat Ready

If you are a seasoned boater or just starting out, here is a checklist to make sure everything is ready to go on your first day out.

Safety Gear –  Nothing will end your day quicker than being stopped by marine patrol and not having up to date safety gear. With the fire extinguisher being one of the more important, make sure it has a full charge and your flares are not expired. Inspect floatation devices for wear and pesky rodents that may have rendered them unusable. Lastly, make sure your other signaling devices are in working order.

Mechanical - Most boats have specific “de-winterizing” processes so check your owner’s manual or contact a certified mechanic for the correct procedure. Checking your fuel filter and oil levels are also a good idea. Make sure you charge up your batteries and that they hold a charge. Hook up the earmuffs and start and run the boat prior to going out.

Trailer - We often overlook our trailers which can lead to several problems. Grease all bearings including the trailer lift and winch. Grease your ball and use wd40 on the other moving parts. Check your winch straps for wear and rot as well as your trailer straps. State patrol have been known give tickets for worn straps. Lights are always in need of checking. The most common problem are bad ground wires or corroded plugs with bad connections. Anti-corrosion spray can help this.

Cosmetic - Hopefully you have kept your boat covered. Even if you have not, there are simple steps you can take to get your gel coat looking good again. For light oxidation, a simple wash and wax should be sufficient. Heavier oxidation may require buffing with a light to heavy buffing compound, always followed with a coat of good carnauba wax. For very heavy oxidation, wet sanding with 800-1000 grit paper can help followed by a buff and wax but this will probably only work temporarily. Once the oxidation gets too far, there is really nothing you can do to keep it from coming back.

Hopefully these tips will help your first day back on the water be a great one.

Article courtesy of boatbroke.com.

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Building a new boat “The Crackerbox”

By: Sean-Nós

It all began with a few planks of wood two of douglas fir that will be used as the motor stringers and one of mahogany to start making the frames. This is my second build, and since this is an inboard it throws up a few more problems than just putting an outboard on the back. However, I do like a challenge and a bit of head scratching to keep me occupied. I had already been searching eBay for all the fittings like the windshield brackets and bow light at a good price. I’d set myself a limit for each item and would not get into a bidding war on them as I do like a glass of wine at night and I could end up losing my shirt.

Since this build is on a very low, to none, budget I used quite a bit of reclaimed timber along with what I could find in skips. I also went around to local woodworking shops for extra pieces of wood. Here, I have the frames cut out and put in place using the motor stringers as part of the building frame. As you can see I’m very tight for space on each side, so this is about as big of a boat that I can build.

Next step is the keel, battens and framework, instead of going with the flat back transom I decided to build a barrel back not only for the look but as I was going to use a gearbox instead of direct drive every extra inch would help me get the angle of the prop shaft down another degree without upsetting the centre of gravity to much.

The first skin of marine ply was glued on with thickened epoxy, then screwed on first to hold it in place, and just before it is fully set I removed the screws and fill the holes. At this stage, it’s nice to see the boat finally taking shape.

After putting up a few boats and engines to sell on classified websites, I was able to get enough money to buy a donor boat. I was hoping to use all the running gear, trailer and engine, and I couldn’t believe my luck when the engine started right up this is too good to be true, the boat was immaculate. I stripped down the engine, and it turned out to have a cracked block, some choice words were said as this left me up ****’s creek without an engine.

After a bit of saving, I was able to buy a new 5.7 long block, and once I had the engine rebuilt I was able to built up a copy of the hull of the boat and work out all the angles, and point to drill the shaft hole.

Back at the boat the planking was done and a coat of 6oz fiberglass cloth.

For the paint, I went with interlux pre-kote primer and top coat applied by the roll and tipping later to be fine sanded and polished.

Boat flipped and at last somewhere to sit and make engine noises it’s a bit daunting having this big lump of an engine in front of you maybe it makes up for my shortcomings.

Once the engine, fuel tank, dash, plumbing and wiring were complete I then covered deck with 1/4 marine ply and then planked it with 1/4 mahogany leaving a 1/4” gap between each plank for caulking.

If you don’t like sanding stay away from wooden boats I had no finger prints for a few weeks getting the finish down to where I was happy, and this is only the start of the sanding I still have to add a few coats of epoxy and then build up the varnish sanding between each coat.


After all the varnishing, I made the seats fitted the windshield, and she was ready for the first dip in the water to check for any leaks and see how she sits. My last boat was sold to a lakeside hotel called Wineport lodge I got a few free nights thrown into the deal, so it was the perfect place to go as I could leave my wife to go and get pampered while I spent the day on the boat. All in all, everything went quite well there was a bit of leaking from the stuffing box around the prop shaft and she started proposing at around 40 MPH.



Well that’s the story so far I have now added trim tabs, and she is ready for her launch on Lough Ree here in Ireland on the 1st of march weather permitting. Full details of my build can be seen under “New build crackerbox” on the iboats forum.

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