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TWO-FOOT ITIS:
A DIFFERENT KIND
OF PANDEMIC
- by Bradley Schmidt

If you've spent any time at the yacht club bar, or, for that matter at a :HSXWLWLQWKHODNHDQGWKHVHOOHUˋUHGLWXS)LUVWLPSUHVVLRQVZHUH
CPS-ECP national conference, conversation will inevitably centre on that it was loud. Even at idle it is considerably louder than my Seadoo
who has most recently caught the two-foot-itis bug - the insatiable and the whine of the supercharger is audible.
desire to get a bigger boat.
After a warm-up period we advanced the throttle and the boat inDespite my best attempt to protect myself and keep my social dis- stantly planed. It was certainly a fast boat, topping out at about 45
tance, I fell victim to this plague. The search and education that fol- MPH. I knew these engines are high revving, with a top speed pushing
8,000 RPM. I was even prepared for the noise. However, as I eased off
lowed is worth sharing.
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,ZDVˋUVWDWWUDFWHGWRZDNHERDWV7KH\VXUHDUHSUHWW\DQGORRNOLNHD be ideal for tow sports, I noticed we had to keep the RPMs up - well
lot of fun. I've enjoyed learning to wakeboard and thought this might over 4000 RPM - just to stay on plane. There is no ability to trim the
be the next step in that adventure. I soon learned that this is not a jet nozzle up and down either. Realizing that most of my use would
not be at full throttle, I got cold feet and walked away from the deal.
market you enter lightly.
Something just didn't seem right.
The sticker shock of even 20-year-old boats set aside, my biggest
FRQFHUQLVWKHVHERDWVDUHVHWXSVSHFLˋFDOO\IRUZDNHERDUGLQJ7KDW The very next day I drove, and later purchased, a nearly identical boat
means the seating arrangement favours a view to the action out back (it was even the same colour) but with a tried and tested Mercruiser
- even the passenger seat faces backwards in nearly every brand and 4.3 IO, with about 190HP. This model is the GT 185.
layout. Great for watersports but let's be honest. For a casual evening
run on the lake, does my passenger want to be looking backwards? The only trade-off exterior-wise is the physically larger motor means
the rear-facing seats are not possible, so there is a standard tanning
Then there's the concern of the serious wake these boats are designed lounge covering the engine bay.
to produce, which doesn't necessarily play nicely with the long and
What was incredible to me, though, was the difference in the power
narrow cottage lake where the boat will spend most of its time.
plants. The old technology Mercruiser runs on 87 octane gas. It starts
instantly and idles with just a dull burbling. The boat takes longer
My search then turned to a more general purpose bowrider.
to plane (3.9 seconds vs. 2.0) but does so with way less noise and
I wanted an 18 to 20 foot boat, something that could comfortably vibration. Trim up the IO and the boat has a higher top speed (I saw
seat six or more, have forward-facing seats, and perhaps still have a 48MPH in my test at about 4800 RPM) with 65 HP less than the jet
wake tower. I was willing to forgo a ballast system or cruise control, boat. I found this engine to be preferable in every way, with the added
respecting that the boat's primary use will be touring the lake with bonus of shockingly lower fuel burn statistics. More reports to follow
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occasional wakeboarding and tubing.
After quite a bit of research, based primarily on looks, I narrowed
in on a style and brand of boat that I liked - the Glastron GT series,
available with a factory wake tower. These boats were available for a
number of years as the GT 187, which were produced with the Seadoo 255HP super-charged engine and jet drive. The small but potent
engine allowed for different styling at the swim platform, with two
rear facing lounge seats.

I found the difference in the two power packages to be shocking. Although there are many advantages to a jet drive (no exposed moving
parts, shallow water capability, etc.), my testing exposed the disadvantages as well.

In discussions with a number of dealers and owners, I learned that
Glastron may have been premature by offering this boat with the jet
drive and that similar jet boats on the market today do away with
I found an example and went to look at it with the intention of buying. PDQ\RIWKHVHLVVXHVE\XVLQJDKXOOGHVLJQHGVSHFLˋFWRWKHHQJLQH
I was willing to accept this engine requires $750 worth of maintenance rather than repurposing an older design.
every 150 hours, and that it is ideally run on 91 octane fuel and a lot of
it. The boat was perfect in every way and we made a deal contingent In the end, I am comfortable with my decision and look forward to
many years on the water. J
on a water test.

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AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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