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Inside SOTW Mag: Gentry Eagle Soars Again

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The iconic 46-foot Scarab raceboat looks better than it did the day it won a world championship almost three decades ago. Click the image above to download the January/February 2017 issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine.

Anyone who happened to be out in Southern California’s Long Beach Harbor the last week of January might have thought they were seeing a performance boat ghost as the Gentry Eagle—a 46-foot Scarab—was making its maiden voyage following its recent restoration, blasting around at speeds approaching 100 mph.

“I was amazed,” said Dan MacNamara, who managed the restoration at his shop, Team Archer Marine, in Costa Mesa, Calif. “The boat walked up on plane at 1,800 rpm.”

With MacNamara throttling and the owner, who requested anonymity, driving, the boat hit a top speed of 98.9 mph with the port and starboard engines turning 5,400 rpm and the center one winding up to 5,800 rpm at 7 psi of turbocharger boost.

“We were all just tickled,” MacNamara said.

It was the culmination of more than two years of obsessively passionate work for MacNamara and the boat’s owner.

Click the link to download the PDF of the January/February 2017 Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media.

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