The boat racing industry has undoubtedly come a long way. From the first 22 horsepower (hp) motorboats to today’s 450 hp units, the transformation has been nothing short of amazing. So, we’ve decided to travel back in time to present the top four classic speedboats of all time.
The Jacoby Hydroplane
This vessel right here was the first attempt to build a racing powerboat. It had a top speed of 80 to 100km/h, which was pretty impressive for the 1930s. The Jacoby was designed and produced by two brothers, William and Larned Meacham, who had been working on hydrofoils for 12 years. The result was this classic boat that dominated racing circuits for a long time.
Ted Jones Gold Cup Designs
With top speeds ranging from 240 to 290 km/h, this watercraft took boat racing to a whole new level. It blew the Jacoby out of the water, with its unique design and performance, as the driver sat at the back while the engine was at the font.
Though this boat was not cut out for speed like its predecessors, it came at a relatively affordable price. The Sid had a simple but elegant design that included a revolutionary anti-roll feature. Plus, it was powered by a 10hp Mercury Class engine that was capable of achieving a top speed of 80km/h.
Schulze and Molinari Single-Engine models
These two designers deserve the credit of making boat racing safer. There was a problem with the early design, as they would blow over at the slightest provocation. But these two innovators provided a more reliable alternative, that could handle 450hp engines, without risking the driver’s safety.
All this happened in the 1970s, and the most exciting bit is that these two people were not working together, but they ended up with pretty much the same design. So there’s still a heated debate about who started the single-engine racing era. Was it Dieter Schulze or Renato Molinari?