I was thinking about the evolution of performance boating lately. What evolution you ask!.... well the following areas:
1. Monster HP motors with tons of torque...Like the current turbo rage 2,300HP[per motor] and greater.
2. Bigger Hulls---28 ft boat now is tiny.
3. Full Digital Controls and Diagnostic tools/laptops.
These are just a few but really leap out at me.
Take for instance this recent jump in monster engines [hate to break the news to you a 1200HP motor is not the schiat anymore] and previously unheard of speeds. We have 31 foot boats with 2,700HP engines and open cockpit Skaters doing 182+.
I'm not throwing any stones in Casa de Kappy's glass house. I started with a 848HP motor in a Sportdeck and in a year. It was simply not enough for me anymore. I first thought 28ft in boat length is plenty and now I'm heading into a 32 footer.
I'm thinking this latest trend started from late 2009 through the current year. Performance boating has evolved at a lightning pace in the last year. Take a look at some tilt trailers costing six figures pumping out fluids before transport some of these trailers cost more than the first three boats I owned and throw in the truck. I haven't even mentioned some of the electronics in the latest high end boats with front and aft cameras. [I love those cameras].
Performance boating is on the cutting edge of all things just name it from drives to motors to efficiency of hulls, epoxy resin, infusion lamination, and carbon fiber composite materials. Even interiors are more like Lamborghini's and super luxurious versus the old school white marine vinyl.
I wonder if this trend will have a cooling off period I don't think so. If anything analog gauges and old school techniques will be a lost art or relagated to museum status.
Hey maybe I'm wrong but there has been a definite evolution in the performance boating mindset.
What do you think?...more to come and if so what do you foresee?