Go-Fast Blast from the Past: Jaws

The 46-foot Skater set a kilo run record in 1995.

Go-Fast Blast from the Past: Jaws
Go-Fast Blast from the Past: JawsWessco Racing Engines

For many years, the annual offshore powerboat race in Sarasota, Florida, the weekend of July 4 featured a kilo run on Saturday morning, at which some impressive records were set. In 1995, an unknown new 46-foot Skater, Jaws, served notice to the Super Boat class that it meant business. The boat was powered by twin 1,350 hp motors built by throttleman Dave Wesseldyk, and equipped with BPM surface drives. Team owner Dennis Kaiser drove the boat to a new record of 158.45 mph, bettering the old mark by more than 10 mph. At the time, it was the fastest kilo run ever posted in an American Power Boat Association competition, in any class.