The future of outboard tunnel boat racing in the US, where exactly do we stand on safety and innovation?

As the sport continues to have its peaks and declines here in the states we thought it was time once again to open the discussion on hull design and the older wooden hulls still being raced in the states. Seen in the photo above is the all-composite hull of European driver Philipp Franz with a Mercury 4 stroke 60hp motor which has been widely adopted throughout Europe, the middle east, and Asia and is pretty much the norm.

Moving up to the two larger classes, F2 and F1 hulls are mainly composite and crash boxes are mandatory on all levels to the best of our knowledge. We cannot verify that this is the case on the local level over seas, while it is the case in UIM F1 & F2.

Here in the states, tremendous strides have been made by such builders like RJ West and Rick Hoffman to bring high tech safety, design and innovation into the category and it appears while a bit slow, the tide might be turning in favor of these designs while the stragglers reluctant to adopt or buy into the latest technology is the biggest concern since these drivers are essentially racing alongside hulls that have the potential to obliterate them during contact.

Let us know what you think, is it time to consider a ban on a mixture of wooden and composite hulls? The mere thought of this will no doubt spar outrage and protest but at what point does the conversation happen? after it’s too late?

Dylan Anderson testing his Hoffman Composte Hull
Todd Lamb
I have looked at Rick’s new all composite boats since he brought them out. Hands down, no one is building a better boat. Great job Rick!

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