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Old 26-11-2005, 09:30 PM   #1
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For the past 12 months Production competitor Darren Martin has campaigned one of the smallest boats on the circuit: a 21ft Haines Signature 1900S called Repeat Offender with navigator Justin Tegg. Darren says racing offshore has been a blast. "It's the speed and the challenge," he says. "We are pretty much on the edge the whole race and most people think we are pretty crazy."

Since entering the series last year Darren says the only change he has made to his boat is additional stringers in the hull for more strength in the rougher conditions.

While you can race your existing boat sans esky and fishing rods at very little initial cost, many drivers in the National A class have dug deeper to either modify their boats or build new racing machines.

Antony DeFina and Simon Thomas began racing a Haines 2100 in Production, then moved up to National A. The pair had a boat made from the same mould as their Signature but added an extra three feet, a 140lt ballast tank at the front, trim tabs and custom designed the seating and decking so they sit one behind the other.

The finished product, Thycon, evolved through a series of trial and error runs for throttle position, seating and engine height, but is a front-runner in the class. Power is a Mercury 300X developing roughly 320hp. "It is the most powerful consumer engine you can buy, but it is still an off-the-shelf motor," says Antony.

He estimates setup cost was between $40,000 and $50,000 although the boys did a lot of the work themselves.
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When you get yours racing I think a few people might be suprised how well it'll run.
What mods are you going to do to yours ? (if any)
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I have defo made the right choice in boat and have every faith in the Seaquel 600xs!
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Old 29-11-2005, 10:07 PM   #4
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When you get yours racing I think a few people might be suprised how well it'll run

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I might drag mine to scotland and test it all out on one of the lochs.
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I might drag mine to scotland and test it all out on one of the lochs.
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just for some really really flat water.
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Could be good fun! ive never tried a boat in flat water.
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Could be good fun! ive never tried a boat in flat water.

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I dont know then, guess its a bad idea.
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Yes, I think you'll be surprised too.
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