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Or maybe I should say (was) as it's being sold without power.

Interesting boat. It was formally setup with triple Cat diesel engines for offshore racing back in the 90s. What's even more impressive I think is that according to the description, the hull only weighs 5k pounds so some pretty clever engineering had to take place I'd imagine to carry near 20k pounds of drive train weight- again according to the desc. This would be one seriously expensive venture to revive again and operate but you wouldn't see many others like it at the dock! :cool:

1995 Cougar Offshore Racing Hull Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
 

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A 46' hull, designed for high speed deep water use, with 3 oil burners, weighing only 5k lbs? I would like to hear more about that... Also if that number is right, Id be afraid that the hull has already lives its design limits... To be made that lightweight.. Still a cool hull, and nice history.. Heck if it is only 5klbs, pop a few standard big block chevys in there, and hit the lake..
 

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Funny, the add said set up for Triple engines with surface drives, but I only see one hole for a drive on the transom, two exhaust outlets and a set of trim tabs. :dunno:

Whatever it ran for power, it sure looks speedy!
 

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She must've been the peach's cream in her day............tough sell today, I would think.
 

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OWN A SERIOUS OFFSHORE MONOHULL RACING BOAT -

This 46' Cougar Custom Offshore Racer is available now.

Hull only with 53’ trailer included.



This boat's story is described below.



In 1994 Great Lakes Power’s President Harry Allen made the decision to build a state of the art diesel powered endurance racer that would be the ultimate signature for the quality and reliability of the marine products Great Lakes sells and services worldwide.



It started with a special composite 46’ English built Cougar hull which was modified to accommodate triple Caterpillar diesels and Twin Disc Arneson surface drives. Great Lakes Power’s management team assisted Richard Quandt, the project’s engineer and crew chief in designing and specifying the 18,500 pounds of engines, hardware and equipment that would be added to the 5000 pound hull. It incorporated several first time design features many of which are used in high performance boats 15 years later. John Cosker, Conner Marine and John Pompi, Marine Performance were also key participants in the vessel design, construction and upfit.



The Spirit of America project was a culmination of Harry’s long time interest in offshore power boat racing which started with Cummin’s Engine Company in 1965 along with his dream of piloting the fastest boat from Miami to Nassau and back. The team’s first record was set on a 3 hour and 3 minute run from Toledo to Buffalo in 1996. Dave Bell, Great Lakes Executive Vice President was in the drivers seat with Harry at the throttles, Rich Quandt crew chief and navigator, and Eric Lavine as the onboard technician.



Bob Hallengren of Caterpillar and Bobby Chan of Ringhaver provided valuable assistance in preparing standard production engines for their extended duty. They were also on board when the Sun Coast to Gold Coast record (originally established by Kyle Petty) was broken in 1998. That record would be a precursor to the Miami to Nassau to Miami record run which is documented in this video.



On Monday morning, June 15, 1998 the crew of Harry Allen, throttle man, Steve Kildahl, driver, Kevin Brown, navigator and Rich Quandt, crew chief left the Marriot Miami Marina and headed out Government Cut (MacArthur Causeway) to set three new American Power Boat Association world records. Steve was a late driver change and replaced Dave Bell who had undergone open heart surgery the previous day. Fueled with 800 gallons of diesel fuel, the Spirit of America hit the starting line weighing in at nearly 30,000 lbs. The race was video recorded by Mike St Amand from a Hughes helicopter and monitored by APBA official Bill Opalich in a fixed winged Cessna aircraft.



The vessels performance and record setting runs stand as a tribute to the dedication of the Great Lakes Power team of employees. It also serves as the standard bearer of the National Youth Safe Boating and Water Recreation Program for which it is named.



© Great Lakes Power Corporation



This advanced design is still viable today and this boat can be raced in many classes of endurance and offshore racing.
 

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I'm with you RoyM. If you can't fish off of it; it ain't no good for nuthin. LOL
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these boats are built about 45 miles from me in washington nc regie fountain is from tarboro
 

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Nice, I used to have a poster of a Fountain race boat on my bedroom wall as a kid.

I wonder if they have facility tours. That would be a pretty cool place visit. :tango_face_smile:
I work in composites (fiberglass, resin, epoxy, etc.). That sweet, sweet smell of styrene isn't for everyone...

We had a fellow (nice guy, he just got caught, right) that worked for our company as part of a work release (from jail) program years back, before my time. The owner told me the story one day. He says "sir, I really like you and all the people that we work with here. But, sir, with all due respect, if the choice is between working with fiberglass and going back to jail, sir, I choose jail. Please can you call my program manager and have him send somebody to come get me and take me back?"
In the world of composites manufacturing, if it doesn't stink or stick to you, it itches.
 

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This one here 2004 Sonic 45SS Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
She's for sale about 10 miles away from me. I've not seen this one in person, but when I worked at a local RV dealership, we took a similar one (1998 45ss) in on trade. The manager's eyes kind of bugged out of his head. Him, one of our sales guys experienced in powerboating like this, and owner's kid took it out to test it after trade in. They came back in about four hours with three tickets from the local water police LOL.
That boat was gorgeous, but that twin engine Fountain would have smoked it. Topped out around 85, even with the triple 502 big blocks in it. Sounded absolutely badass with all three V8s running at about 3,000 RPM on the trailer in our shop, though. Ear protection mandatory anywhere in the building!
 

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Here's a couple for you, Austen! I used to know an editor for a boating magazine and he got a ride on an Outer Limits racing boat, the "XXX". I believe it was their R+D boat and tested all kinds on engine set ups in it. At the time it had three BB Chevy's with Blowers. This is the boat:

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I've not seen this one in person, but when I worked at a local RV dealership, we took a similar one (1998 45ss) in on trade. The manager's eyes kind of bugged out of his head. Him, one of our sales guys experienced in powerboating like this, and owner's kid took it out to test it after trade in. They came back in about four hours with three tickets from the local water police LOL.
That boat was gorgeous, but that twin engine Fountain would have smoked it. Topped out around 85, even with the triple 502 big blocks in it. Sounded absolutely badass with all three V8s running at about 3,000 RPM on the trailer in our shop, though. Ear protection mandatory anywhere in the building!
That must've been quite the trade in! Haha, that's a funny story. Yes, I'll bet it was something to stand behind it with the three engines running! :tango_face_surprise

Yeah, not many v-bottoms can out handle a Fountain though.

Here's a couple for you, Austen! I used to know an editor for a boating magazine and he got a ride on an Outer Limits racing boat, the "XXX". I believe it was their R+D boat and tested all kinds on engine set ups in it. At the time it had three BB Chevy's with Blowers. This is the boat:

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Nice!! Outerlimits give me goosebumps. I've always thought they have some of the wildest designs, particularly their cat hulls. It's common for Outlerlimits to create special editions based off high end cars, etc. Thanks for the share!

a little history on regie and fountain powerboats History of Fountain Powerboats Industries, Inc. – FundingUniverse
That's awesome! I have a video documentary somewhere on him too. He seems like a classy guy.
 

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i remember back in the day he had a small boat he pulled with a corvette thats what he started with running in the tar river very big cahunas running that fast in tar river you never know what mite be round the next curve
 

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i remember back in the day he had a small boat he pulled with a corvette thats what he started with running in the tar river very big cahunas running that fast in tar river you never know what mite be round the next curve
That must've been a sight to see, both in the water and on the trailer being pulled by the 'Vette! :tango_face_grin:
 
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