The Fastest Powerboats in the World

Since humans invented the wheel, we have been obsessed with speed. Thousands of years ago, chariot racing was popular throughout ancient Greece and Rome. Today, the quest for speed has been taken onto the water, with run-of-the-mill speed boats ac­hieving speeds around 100 mph. Here’s a look at a selection of the world’s fastest speed boats, as well as the teams and technologies behind them.

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Nor-Tech 5200 Roadster

The 5200 Roadster is a reinvention of the 4000 Roadster, comprising a huge cockpit and no fender. It is capable of sleeping two people, with seating for 10. Incorporating the same seaworthy hull as its predecessors, this incarnation is available with twin or quad engine applications in turbines or gas. Despite a length of 49 feet, Nor-Tech’s new flagship outclasses many of its competitors, clocking speeds of more than 150 mph.

Skater 46 Pleasure

The largest contender from the Skater fleet and one of the most versatile and enduring boats in the Skater lineup, the Skater 46 Pleasure was originally built to supersede the Skater 40 Classic for racing. After winning its inaugural Key West Offshore Championship, the model immediately became a big hit on the APBA Offshore circuit.

Mystic Powerboats C5000 Turbine

Mystic Powerboats, a Florida-based company, created the C5000 Turbine with a total of 3,700 hp, enabling it to reach a cruising speed of 150 mph with ease. The Mystic Powerboats C5000 Turbine is one of the world’s most powerful speedboats and has recorded top speeds of up to 250 mph.

Problem Child Top Fuel Hydro

The Problem Child is the fastest nitro drag boat on earth. Its incredible 8,000 hp engine helps the boat reach speeds of up to 262 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The ultimate speed machine, the Problem Child is the brainchild of drag boat racers “Fast” Eddie Knox and Larry Bless. With a speed crossing more than 250 mph, this drag boat seems to fly on water, leaving a wall of water in its wake. It won several international championships in the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series.

Bluebird K7

Between 1955 and 1967, Britain’s Donald Campbell used this jet engine hydroplane to establish seven world water speed records.

Spirit of Australia

After building the Spirit of Australia in his Sydney backyard, Ken Warby used it to break the world water speed record on October 8, 1978, achieving an official record of just over 317 mph. He fitted the wooden boat with Westinghouse J34 jet engines.

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