Smoke On The Water

High Speed Powerboats Offer Thrills--and Chills--to Adventurous Boaters and Their Wallets

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A few words about maintenance and usage. A high-performance boat with its sophisticated machinery must be given regular oil changes and rust prevention treatments, and be stored so that its equipment isn't exposed to the elements. The yearly upkeep of a 36-foot Apache, for example, can amount to as much as $15,000, including $6,000 for storage fees, $4,500 for insurance (few companies are willing to extend coverage) and $2,000 to $3,000 for lubrication. If you are thinking of running with a wide-open throttle, this can mean the burning of 45 gallons per engine per hour.

To shop for a powerboat, consult the following:

Apache Performance Boats
3161 N.E. 188th Street, North Miami Beach, Florida 33180
tel: 305/937-2231, fax: 305/931-4387

Douglas Marine
Box 819, Douglas, Michigan 49406
tel: 616/857-4308, fax: 616/857-1606

Fountain Powerboats
P.O. Box 457, Washington, North Carolina 27889
tel: 919/975-2000, fax: 919/975-6793

Jaguar Marine
reached through the Nightmare Offshore Racing Team,
1669 S.E. 7th Street, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
tel: 954/426-6665, fax: 954/427-4884

Magnum Marine
2900 N.E. 188th Street, North Miami Beach, Florida 33180
tel: 305/931-4292, fax: 305/931-0088

Powerplay Marine
2740 N.W. 29th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
tel: 954/733-2500, fax: 954/733-2700

Thunderbird Products
(Formula and Falcon boats), 2200 West Monroe Street,
P.O. Box 1003, Decatur, Indiana 46733
tel: 219/724-9111 or 800/736-7685

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