I snagged a re-cored 1979 Hydrostream VIPER in October.
Came with an 1150-6 that runs fine.
I have mounted my carbureted 200HP stock 2.5 v6 on it, with solid mounts, Sport-Master, & hydraulic steering.
The seat is out being reupholstered.
I hope to get her wet this spring.
She should go pretty good, but the ole 200v6 will best be kept alive under 6000 RPMs. Built up, the 2.5 can turn upwards of 10,000 RPMs, but am currently not in the mood to bust out that much more money,...Currently
Nice boat Thom! I need to schedule with you to have the 650 merc on my glasply serviced and tuned up for next summer. Thanks for your help this past summer! The family and I had a great time boat-in camping on lake chelan.
Nice rig Doc. I see it appears you have both hydraulic transom lift controls and also trim controls on your steering column... so assuming that means likely you are doing a foot throttle since that boat will really go... and the solid mounts. I still have my Land and Sea dual action foot throttle out of my old Viking Hydrostream. I used it because I could use the full shift and throttle hand set alone for skiing... or just cruising. Then when cruising I could leave the hand set like cruise control at about 22 and let go and then uses the foot throttle for performance running and just let off to go back to hand control. Pretty cool set up. I no longer use it, so if you ever have a use for one, just let me know. The solid mounts used to make my dashboard buzz with vibration at a certain rpm... I never minded that because it was only about a third of the throttle and I didn’t spend much time there. I love flying the Hydrostreams. Had my Viking almost 10 years and my Voyagerxt almost 30 years. Can’t wait to see pictures of it aired out next season... but who has the other fast boat to take pictures from????
I'm not sure if another boat will show up in my "pond" that will be able to keep up with it, but we are saving up to purchase a GoPro, and maybe a related drone.
I'll probably need to trailer out to a larger lake to really turn her loose, but I have several candidates within an 8 mile radius.
Videos will eventually be posted, but for now in the Great PNW we are hunkering down for a few more months.
We did launch the Carlson today and did a few hot laps, but no bragging yet,...More troubleshooting to do.
Nice pictures and rig. I might steal some ideas from your tunnel bunk trailer. Carlson looks great on the water. Maybe I should move someday since you can drive a truck on our water now. Since you will be flirting in the triple digit range in that Hydrostream, will your drone be purchased through our military to keep up? ... or use the off the shelf drone with camera to catch “fly bys” of the boat. I loved DRIVING my Hydrostream as I stayed very focused as the adrenaline rushed. You are fortunate to have many lake choices so close that aren’t frozen half the year. I once saw a drone that had a round belly so it would float... then it had a wrist gadget that allowed the drone to follow wherever you traveled.., not sure how fast they were. They demonstrated with a kayaker. Fun stuff! Keep the speed coming please.