As long as humans have been around, we have had a fascination with pushing the limits. We want to make things as big as possible, as powerful as possible, or as fast as possible. When it comes to wanting to push the limits of speed, boating is no exception. There are always those who want to make it a little bit lighter and a little bit faster. To satisfy the itch to know what boat is really the fastest, in today’s blog from our team at Freedom Boat Club in Buford, we talk about some of the fastest boats in the world.
While boating at Freedom Boat Club in Buford, you likely won’t encounter any of these boats. But if you love boating and want to enjoy all the benefits of boat ownership without the hassle, then contact us to learn more!
Fastest pontoon boat
Pontoon boats aren’t necessarily known for their speed. They are more often used as gentle cruisers to putt around on the lake with the family. With the Tooned In pontoon boat, however, this is certainly not the case. This unique boat has three Mercury Pro Max 300X engines strapped to the back. One of those engines is roughly 300 horsepower and is considered to be one of the most powerful boat engines on the market. With three of them, the Tooned In can reach speeds of up to 114 miles per hour. 114 miles an hour is incredibly fast on land but on water, it’s a whole new level of speed.
Fastest speed boat
While there are other watercraft that are technically a little bit faster than this amazing speed boat, they are not traditional speedboats. We will discuss those boats later on. The fastest speedboat in the traditional sense of the word is named the Problem Child, which set its record back in 2013. This speed boat has over 8,000 horsepower and is powered by a monster Hemi V8 engine. It can seat only one person and can achieve speeds of nearly 262 miles per hour. For perspective, until very recently, the fastest production car was the Bugatti Veyron which achieved a top speed of 267 miles per hour. The fact that a boat nearly achieved the same speed is mind-boggling.
While Freedom Boat Club doesn’t have boats that go quite that fast, we do have some fun and speedy boats you can use to zoom around a lake or bay with. Contact us today to join the country’s largest boat club and get unlimited access to all manner of boats!
You might not think that something that is wind-powered instead of explosion-powered (internal combustion engine) could move very quickly — but there are some sailboats that would surprise you. The current speed record for a sailboat was set back in 2012 by a boat called the Vestas Sailrocket 2 and shows no sign of being broken anytime soon. The Vestas Sailrocket 2 managed to reach a speed of approximately 75 miles per hour. Imagine a sailboat moving at highway speeds!
Additionally, there are speed sailing records that are typically used to gauge the speed of sailboats. Speed sailing typically uses a measure like a 500-meter, nautical mile, and 24-hour distance records. The first two are also held by the Vestas Sailrocket 2, but we thought it was worth mentioning that the third, 24-hour measure, belongs to the Banque Populaire V who sailed 908 nautical miles in 24 hours.
Yachts are meant to be luxury boating vehicles that focus more on the accommodations on the boat rather than speed. However, there is a category of yachts known as superyachts that are both fast and luxurious. The fastest yacht in the world currently is called The World Is Not Enough and is powered by two 18-cylinder diesel engines and a twin turbine engine. The diesel engines produce 10,870 horsepower while the twin turbine engine makes 9,200 horsepower. The World Is Not Enough can travel up to 70 knots, or 80 miles per hour — which is quite impressive considering the size and luxurious boating nature.
Fastest Navy boat
The fastest boating experience you can get in the U.S. Navy is on the lightning-quick WP-18. The Navy needs boats that are functional on the ocean and can stand up to waves and tides instead of the perfectly flat and calm water the rest of these boats are accustomed to. On the ocean, the WP-18 is capable of more than 65 knots, or nearly 75 miles per hour. Out on the open water, the Navy needs something that can easily catch up to other boats despite potential conditions and variables.
Fastest boat of any kind
The fastest boat ever made is more of a boat-like rocketship than an actual boating vehicle. Back in 1978, a vessel called the Spirit of Australia set the world record that to this day has not been broken. The Spirit of Australia is powered by a Westinghouse J34 jet engine. These Australians strapped a jet engine to a boat to set the water speed record. It made 3,000 horsepower and achieved a top speed of 317 miles per hour — which is faster than any current production car in the world by 17 miles per hour.
There are many teams trying to beat the current record — including Ken Warby and his son (the current record holder). It’s impressive that the record has held for more than 40 years, but it’s only a matter of time before someone pushes the speed boating envelope just a little further.
If you are as passionate about boating and boats as we are here at Freedom Boat Club in Buford, then join our boating club today. We offer unlimited access to a wide range of boats where you don’t have to worry about maintenance or finding storage. Contact us at Freedom Boat Club in Buford to learn more and start your boating adventure!