How To Make Your Boat Faster

How To Make Your Boat Faster

Blueprinting
Wilson Custom Marine could take a 55 mph ­runabout and have it running close to 60 mph after ­blueprinting the bottom.
Tim Barker

How To Make Your Boat Faster

Supercharging
A Whipple supercharger increased horsepower output from the stock rating of 425 hp to a maximum of 657.1.
Tim Barker

How To Make Your Boat Faster

ECM Reflashing
Reflashing increases output by 20 hp and torque by 20 pound-feet.
Tim Barker

How To Make Your Boat Faster

Jack Plates
Before you install, make sure the outboard has low-water pickups on the nose cone.
Tim Barker

How To Make Your Boat Faster

Propeller
Because stainless steel is stronger than ­aluminum, the prop blades don't flex, and the blades are thinner, which lets them cut through the water with less resistance.
Tim Barker

How To Make Your Boat Faster

How To Make Your Boat Faster

Free Speed
Trim the fat: The horsepower-to-weight ratio of your boat plays a huge role in speed and efficiency. You can't rebuild your hand-laid glass boat out of vacuum-bagged carbon fiber, but if you carry less gear and fewer stores aboard, your boat will be faster and more efficient. Boating conducted testing a few years ago in which we discovered that the efficiency of the test boat improved by 1 percent for every 100 pounds of gear, fuel and stores we removed.