FOR SALE: 1995 Hydra Powerboats "Spirit" 31' Race Boat
Charles "Charlie" Benton was the original owner and an engine builder for NASCAR’s Hooters race team, driven by the late Alan Kulwicki.
Charlie had Jack Domick, owner of Hydra Powerboats Inc. out of Toms River, NJ, to put together the hull. Hydra provided superior craftsmanship and materials along with special designs and manufacturing for offshore race boats at that time. Jack Domick had contracted Tim Sharkey to work on the lay-up; Tim was a subcontractor to Hydra and a premier boat builder. Lay-up was super light and done right!!! Amazing craftsmanship! Roger Munn owned the mold and he called the design “Spirit”. Roger was also Charlie Benton’s throttleman when he raced in 1995 in A-Class as A-60. The boat ran under the name “Tina Maria”, I believe at first and then later was sponsored by Mean Green and ran under the name “Team Mean Green”. Once the fiberglass work was done, the boat went to Kurt’s Marine out of Brick, NJ. Kurt’s Marine did some of the major rigging and cut X dimension, the X dimension is extremely high! The boat then went to “Fountain” Powerboats in Washington, NC. There, Jerry Haney did some more rigging and the wiring. Then the boat went back to Charlie’s shop in Concord, NC where he built the motor and the rest of the rigging was completed. The motor then was a single engine 468/850HP dry sump A-Class motor. The boat ran 97 mph with a single 850HP motor. The boat then went to Mercury Racing’s Lake X for testing and dialing in. Our race boat has a very light lay-up, around 4000lbs or so. Keith Eickert Dual Stage Extreme Raw Water Pump and water crossover setup with 2 Keith Eickert sea strainers, offshore water pickup & out drive pickup, CMI Comp SS big tube headers with 4" with dry pipes, complete Imco Xtreme Advantage SC drive w/ 1 1/4 “ prop shaft with less then 6 hours on it & Mercury Racing HD gimble housing. Myco triple axle trailer with aluminum Mag Star wheels, new PPI high back race seats and many other parts go with boat!
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