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Old 01 October 2004, 07:37   #1
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Zapcat racing

I am considering buying a Zapcat (to race...).

Is it really as easy as buying a zapcat, and racing it......(with insurance, race licences etc).....



Is there anyone out there who can tell me realistically how much it costs to run (with insurance etc) I had a look at the Zapcat racing website which has a breakdown of prices but I'm not sure how realistic they are.



I've never raced a powerboat before......AM I MAD???
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Old 01 October 2004, 07:55   #2
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I've never raced a powerboat before......AM I MAD???
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Old 01 October 2004, 07:57   #3
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Of course youíre mad but it will be fun, why donít you try before you buy Some people offer introductory courses and training.
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Old 01 October 2004, 08:20   #4
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Downtide Marine Offer demo's in Norfolk. You can do a course's somewhere near Brighton Marina. (It's on my b'day list for next year..).
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David Manning and I were discussing starting up an over 50's Zapcat racing team and I thought we might be able to get some sposorship from SAGA.

A couple of my friends run Zapcat teams and they do bang a lot of money into it but that's mostly because they have got win fever. i.e upgrading spare motors, new props etc.

One of the organisers is a guy called Radar and he is a good guy so I will ask him what the realistic costs are. But i can tell you now the majority of the costs is on relacement parts , engine failures etc

The Navaho team run three boats all of which are towed down seperately but they operate and maintain these boats all out of a small van they reckon it costs about 50 k a year fro all three boats (inc purchase)
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I'm also looking to race next season and I know of a few more people that are. It would be good to know what we can expect to spend.

Has anyone heard much about this Ceaser racing? I understand the boats are very similar to Zapcats but the rules are more relaxed about what you can do to your engine set-up etc. There doesn't seem to be as many teams involved and all the venue's seem to be south west based.

I guess a large cost would be the transport to all the venues with the Zapcat's.
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You need to speak to the guys at www.madfishracing.com

They run a similar, but in my opinion better race series with less costs involved!
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Dirk's advice is normally good and if it's a new series it might be easier to establish yourself.


i did ask my mate about costs and he said that unless you got race fever , in which case the costs spiral then you can run your boat for about what they claim.

Entry fees are about 700 kwid a year or you can enter on the day. Obviously transportation and accomodation fees are seperate. Running cost per weekend he said 50 for fuel, 20 for plugs, and a fiver for oil. Barring accidents or breakdowns that's what it costs. you also have to have liability insurance.
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David Manning and I were discussing starting up an over 50's Zapcat racing team and I thought we might be able to get some sposorship from SAGA
I would have thought Avon 5.4m racing would have been easier since you both have a collection of them. Since they are tough little boats and all the same a "one design class" wouldn't be hard to achieve.

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I'd love that...in fact i suggested it once in the Racing Forum at "the other place" Any body up for it
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