Boats & Motors

Boats & Motors

The boats raced in the Junior series are between 9’ and 10’ long and divided into two classes primarily based on engine output. Both are powered by stock outboard motors with HP ranging from 10 HP (Junior Class) to 15HP (AX Class) and speeds from about 40 MPH to 55 MPH.

Hydroplanes

Many people are familiar with the term “hydroplane” from seeing the famous Miss Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane on TV or in commercials. While the basic design is the same, we race a scaled down outboard powered version. They are virtually an aerodynamic wing which floats just off the water surface. This requires precise balance and quick reflexes from the driver.

Motors

Because the motors are basically just like their fishing boat cousins, they are not overly loud but have just the right sound to get everyone on shore revved up. The greater speed that these drivers obtain is due to their lightweight boats and special racing propellers. The trick of racing these boats is not just how fast they go, but how the driver has to maneuver them through the corners with other boats all around and mastering the flying clock start.

 

For more information regarding youth racing classes go to www.apba.org/junior