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Old 05-29-2019, 11:20 PM
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So I know 90% of you are gonna say BS, pics or it didn't happen but you can believe me if you want. But the other day when running offshore out of Sebastian inlet roughly 2 miles offshore I came up on these three boats that are throwing huge rooster tails and hauling ass running north then made a loop and turned to head back south maybe making a 1/2 mile loop while I was trucking southeast running 40mph coming up to them. While I got closer I could tell they were running super close within 30ft or less to this other smaller CC that had a huge tower and could see two guys in the tower presumably taking pictures. The first boat passed in front of me going back north again and it was a mid 30ft racing cat fully wrapped in Mercury racing. I didn't think anything of it at this time but I didn't slow down and I went through the zone they were running on by the camera boat and the second boat identical to the first just a different color schemed wrap passed behind me and on the motor cowling plain as day right hand on the bible it said 450 Racing in the V8 shaped cowling with blue accents. Then directly behind that boat maybe 500ft back was a mid to upper 30ft Nortech looking mono hull that was fully wrapped as well with triple white Mercurys and I'm guessing they were the same motors just in a white variation. I didn't get close enough to that boat to tell but they were definitely all doing a photo shoot and they were all flat hauling ass. Easily 90-100mph plus but it was hard to tell just how fast they were going. Perfect conditions slight chop on the water early morning. The amount of water that was being thrown was insane. I can't wait to see the pictures of the shoot.
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Old 05-29-2019, 11:49 PM
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Mercury making race engines is news?
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:11 AM
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I heard on the grapevine from an industry insider a few boats for 2020 model year have now been homologated for triples with a total of 1350hp, so it would make sense, especially as Mercury offer the 400 Verado in normal trim.
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:15 AM
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Mercury making race engines is news?
No. mercury making a racing 450 is definitely news though
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*Using imagination since there’s no pictures*

What did they sound like?
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*Using imagination since thereís no pictures*

What did they sound like?
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Old 05-30-2019, 04:16 AM
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This sounds like an UFO sighting. Were you in the Bermuda Triangle or something?
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:41 AM
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I knew I was going to get shat on for this. Thatís why it took me so long to post it. Definitely 100% saw them as well as all of my crew. It was a couple days before the cocoa beach thunder offshore races but I skimmed through all the pictures and never saw any boats that looked like the ones I saw. I couldnít hear them I was running 40mph not really expecting to see what I saw but they definitely werenít trying to hide it other then the fact they were outside of Sebastian Inlet which isnít as populated as inlets are to the south and north.
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I knew I was going to get shat on for this. That’s why it took me so long to post it. Definitely 100% saw them as well as all of my crew. It was a couple days before the cocoa beach thunder offshore races but I skimmed through all the pictures and never saw any boats that looked like the ones I saw. I couldn’t hear them I was running 40mph not really expecting to see what I saw but they definitely weren’t trying to hide it other then the fact they were outside of Sebastian Inlet which isn’t as populated as inlets are to the south and north.
Yeah but it is probably the closest inlet to Lake X. So that makes sense there. #IBelieveinmerc450's
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:44 AM
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Was one of the boats an orange cat? Heard a rumor there will be a rig here in NJ with a set of 450's on it sometime in July, after Mercury has fun with it
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Old 05-30-2019, 05:47 AM
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Im not saying that you are lying as i agree they will have a 450 out at some point but you were running 40 and they were running 90-100 and you could read the writing on the cowling?

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Pics or it didn’t happen.



















Sorry, I couldn’t resist!
















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he’s a fast reader, or it was in shorthand? He didn’t say he read the disclaimer on the side of the boat ! Hahaha...
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Doug Wright Cats are made in Sebastian. They are very popular in offshore racing. Maybe just a coincidence that something was spotted in Sebastian a week before Cocoa Thunder races and it being the closest inlet to Lake X.

FWIW, I saw nothing with 450 stickers anywhere in the dry pits at Cocoa Thunder two weekends ago.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Docked Wage View Post
Doug Wright Cats are made in Sebastian. They are very popular in offshore racing. Maybe just a coincidence that something was spotted in Sebastian a week before Cocoa Thunder races and it being the closest inlet to Lake X.

FWIW, I saw nothing with 450 stickers anywhere in the dry pits at Cocoa Thunder two weekends ago.
You are correct, the Cat he saw is one of Doug's boats. They have been running this hull as well as a SCB at lake X with the new 450 V8s, those new V8s are incredible!
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:29 AM
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First, I do believe you
but, reading the "450" in small letters is hard to believe.
plus i highly doubt manufacturers would put the hp number on the cowling before its released during testing. During testing they dont even usually have any stickers on the cowl whatsoever
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HarvestTime View Post
First, I do believe you
but, reading the "450" in small letters is hard to believe.
plus i highly doubt manufacturers would put the hp number on the cowling before its released during testing. During testing they dont even usually have any stickers on the cowl whatsoever
They put it on there when they are doing a photo shoot for the release material which is set for mid June.

I also heard they were running off sebastian from another source.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by HarvestTime View Post
First, I do believe you
but, reading the "450" in small letters is hard to believe.
plus i highly doubt manufacturers would put the hp number on the cowling before its released during testing. During testing they dont even usually have any stickers on the cowl whatsoever
If the announcement is really next month, they are probably done testing. I'm guessing this is to get the promo material for the brochures and videos they'll soon release
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Originally Posted by HarvestTime View Post
First, I do believe you
but, reading the "450" in small letters is hard to believe.
plus i highly doubt manufacturers would put the hp number on the cowling before its released during testing. During testing they dont even usually have any stickers on the cowl whatsoever
For a marketing photo shoot you absolutely want that 450 on there, that's what you are marketing, not the hull.

We've all known the higher HP V8s were coming, certainly no surprise they'd want pictures for the launch.
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Iím not sure how they are planning on rolling out a new product if they canít produce the current V8s in reasonable time. ď20 months outĒ is what I am being told to get a 300 Verado V8.
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