Here’s a fact that will either thrill or terrify you, depending on your perspective: If you have the money—as in a little more than $1 million—you can buy a new powerboat that breaks 200-mph. They do exist. If you have a little less money, say in the $750,000 range, you can buy a 160- to 180-mph pleasure boat, not quite a member of the 200-mph club but still plenty fast in anyone’s book. And there are all kinds not-exactly-slow, 150-mph boats available in the $300,000 to $750,000 range.
Money, as they say, is power, but in this case power also is money—because while hull design and overall construction are undeniably important in the world’s fastest pleasure boats, none of them go fast without big power. And big power costs big money.