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    Yes, folks, somebody strapped on three 300-hp outboards on a pontoon boat. Clocked at 114mph at the Lake of the Ozarks Shoot-out. Only in America, eh?

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    I thought the whole raison d’etre of those things was to not spill your martini.

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    That must be the record for the under 1000hp class.

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    Makes me real proud to be an Amurican.

    Could use a little more flotation aft, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I thought the whole raison d’etre of those things was to not spill your martini.

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    Default Re: World's fastest pontoon boat

    I wonder if there's a Worlds Fastest Parade Float?

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    Classy

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    Bud Light. At best.
    Many new pontoon boats are twin-engined and cost well over $100,000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Classy
    You bet it's classy! Let me win the lottery an' I'll have me a pop-up camper on one o' those bad boys!

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    I was wondering if the pontoons had been modified/strengthened for that boat. Then I watched the film clip and saw a third pontoon in between the original two. Not exactly standard equipment.
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    Might be standard. Some of 'em have three.
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    Yup, it is, Rich. The larger models of pontoon boat by South Bay (the manufacturer of the boat used above) all have a third pontoon. It increases the carrying capacity of the boat. But they do have a whole bunch of thingies fastened to the tubes to aid performance. I don't know if the actual record boat had any mods made, although I didn't read anything that indicated that there was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Not exactly standard equipment.
    pretty standard
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    Most makers offer the third tube, nowadays. On some boats it's an option--it adds under sole stowage, for example. On other boats with higher hp, it's required. The colloquialism is, " tri-toon."

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    EDIT: Its interesting to note that the center pontoon ( or , "log," as they are sometimes called) is larger diameter and often set deeper than the two outboard pontoons. The effect presented to the water is akin to the shape of a V-hull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    EDIT: Its interesting to note that the center pontoon ( or , "log," as they are sometimes called) is larger diameter and often set deeper than the two outboard pontoons. The effect presented to the water is akin to the shape of a V-hull.
    that is interesting

    I recall when the 'standard' pontoon boat in the deep south was two pontoons, a plywood deck, and an Evinrude 35. You could run a family around 'the lake' all weekend on two eight gallon gas tanks and still have fuel left over for a weekday evening jaunt. Nowadays a 150 outboard seems base level power. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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