On that day when the boat was put into gear we were traveling at 15 mph
We had two false starts (due to the local boys on opposite sides of the track)
The turbocharger failed halfway down the course, I melted 3 pistons out through the exhaust ports, the overflow line blew off the heat exchanger, coolant pissed out, ran along the length of the engine and entered the intake.
We coasted across the finish line half a boat length ahead of the prior years champion.
Best race I've ever been in by far
Engine had 22 hours on it
I cobbled a turbocharger together that night from a box of parts and pieces (and not knowing the full extent of the issues internally) and took her home under her own power the following day, although at a severely reduced rate of speed.
She's always come home under her own power
The same cannot be said for the Volvo and John Deere that we sent to the sidelines puking black smoke
I've helped tow back quite a few boats, some more than once
hehe.. I know there was comratery during those runs. Ira told me the story when he was finishing my NB38. John wanted me to put the Susi 425 in mine too but I went with a 330 D6 Volvo. The 38 Very easy pushing hull as your picture shows. I was thinking about running m ine in the lower hp class when it was new but never did..