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Discussion in 'Photos and Videos' started by jon b, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. jon b

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    Another Day over the ice in Wisconsin. Batts were stable with a little due care... Just wished the inspire had the speed it did when I bought it.

     
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    Very cool! ahem, no pun intended.
     
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    Wow, we've had a pretty good day with some amazing shots and video and this one is really cool. It doesn't look like it was very windy or those yachts would have been moving much faster.

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    Yep. just 10knts on average. Some boats clocked in the upper 50s but theres no way the Inspire would keep up with that now they've been detuned by firmware upgrades (downgrades). Best speed I got out there was 48knts
     
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    Looks more like this...

    Apparent wind drives these boats so they can get up to 5X wind speed in good conditions
     
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    Hard to tell for sure but it looked to me that they were reaching speeds over 80mph. Ice looked about as good as it gets for outdoor ice.


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    Nah, I think the fastest boat clocked just a little north of 60 on his GPS... Mostly 50s. Was a great day but we missed the glassy ice... Four days earlier it snowed a 1/2 inch. It's pretty thick so were hoping for warm temps then a re-freeze of the top layer (natures Zamboni)
     
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    Yeah, sometimes the perspective of a small camera can make things look a lot faster than it is. OTH, ice boats can top out over 100mph as I understand it if the conditions are right. How much do those boats cost fully rigged?

    There's a very similar yacht that's used on dry lake beds that uses wheels instead of blades and they too can hit speeds in the triple digits.


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