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Drag Boats

Often sold as the "Fastest Show on Water", these boats are specifically built and tuned to run in a straight line very fast. These boats do not have to turn any corners and can therefore concentrate on getting all of the power to the water to get from A to B in a direct straight line.

A drag boat race meeting is very simialr to a Drag Car meeting. Two boats line up against each other, using a "christmas tree" style starting lights to launch them down the course.

Boats range in design from small outboards to the awesome Top Fuel Hydroplanes. Other classes are usually speed bracketed as opposed to engine capacity. This can result in inboards running against outboards, which can be very spectacular and can pit mate against mate as the spectators cheer for their preferred style of boat.

Race Classes

These classes are the most active outboard classes in Australia at this time:

Top Fuel Hydroplane
Blown Alcohol Hydroplane
Blown Alcohol Displacement
Blown Alcohol Flat-bottom
Limited 6001cc to 9260cc
Limited 4601cc to 6000cc
Unlimited Unrestricted Outboard
Unlimited Outboard Mono Hull
Up to 65 mph Social Stock
65mph to 75mph Stock Eliminator


Australian Class Speed Records - as at August 1999

Boat Driver Speed (kph) Venue Date
Blown Alcohol Hydroplane
THUNDER DOWN UNDER Craig Cook 336.84 Patterson Lakes  
Blown Hydroplane Limited
CLIMAX Gary Irvine 254.55 Patterson Lakes 22.3.92
Blown Alcohol Displacement
DAD'S TOY Peter Bennett 234.36 Patterson Lakes 15.3.98
Hydroplane under 6 Litre
TICKLED PINK Tony Delutiis 220.78 Windsor 2.6.96
Displacement under 9.25 Litre
GENESIS FINANCE S Day 195.73 Patterson Lakes 21.3.92
Unlimited Outboard
NEPTUNE MARINE Nick Ames 165.32 Windsor 2.6.96
Unlimited Outboard Mono
HOLESHOT Ross McKay 147.64 Patterson Lakes 15.3.98


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