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Offshore Racing | May 18, 2010

 
Scott

That all boats shaped like that are Cigarette boats?

Ben

Right, all powerboats shaped like that, and I know what you’re talking about. It’s a very slender profile.

Scott

Yeah, exactly, yeah, and some of them even have a catamaran design where it’s two holes instead of the single hole, but really that’s just the type of – Cigarette boat is a type of offshore boat, and there’s other ones. There are some called Fountain boats, Formula boats. I think there is one called active thunder. There is also Outer Limits. There’s all different brands of boats. I mean, any – I guess, any one of these could have been as popular as the Cigarette boat, but for whatever reason that one just stuck. I don’t know if they were the first, or what. I’m not sure how that all came about that Cigarette became synonymous with that type of a boat.

Ben

It’s a weird name for a company to start off with.

Scott

It kind of is, yeah. It really is, but like I said, if I mention that you probably can already picture what I was talking about..

Ben

Yes, absolutely.

Scott

Yeah, I think a lot of listeners could. Well, I mean, there’s a lot of different things we can talk about. They have endurance races a lot of the times. They travel 500 miles in a race, which is an incredible amount of distance on the water really if you think about it. A typical race you would see on a lake or a river maybe, they do a few laps, and that’s about it. A few miles, at most, but 500 miles in a boat, that’s punishing, especially on these types where it’s you and 2 or 3 other guys standing with helmets on, trying to absorb all that shock, trying to adjust your weight.

Ben

You might be – and the weather might turn on you.

Scott

Exactly. It happens all the time.

Ben

Is that something we could talk about briefly before we move on, just for a moment, to give people – I really want people who are not familiar with boat racing to feel the impact of this because we’re all used to the idea of how punishing it is for a driver to be in the Indy 500, or how difficult it is to do Pikes Peak, and other races that are on the ground do have conditions that make it very, very difficult to succeed, but with boat racing, what we would think of as driving conditions or restrictions due to climate and terrain are totally different, man. If the wind is going the wrong way when you’re riding out, or when you’re boating along the shore in that oval we were talking about, it can completely obliterate your chances, right?

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