These were impressive rigs! Most were about 40' long with extreme power -- capable of over 100 mph on water. We learned that there were about 60 of these boats participating to raise money for a local children's hospital.
The boats hit the throttle as they cleared the canal and we instantly learned why they are called thunder boats! We could hear -- and feel- the power and the boat flew into the water.
The boats came in two stages -- the second stage seemed even bigger and the crews were very focused.
This one is reported to be one of the fastest boats and had a complete cockpit and pickle fork racing hull. This thing must really move!