Rules and Ideas for Bass Boat Racing
Setup Tips For Fast Bass Boats
Tunnel Hull Boat Racing's Future
The OPC tunnel hull boat capsules have a floor built into the capsule for complete protection and is the only type of capsule that I would recommend for a circle track racing bass boat ....Circle track V hulled racing classes have used a APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull safety capsule bolted to the floor...I discussed the installation of a APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull capsule in a racing bass boat with one of the top APBA OPC racing tunnel hull F 1 tunnel boat builders and he thinks a circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull capsule can be mounted to the false floor of a circle track bass boat by using four 15 inch aluminum triangle side supports bolted to sides of the capsule and floor around the seat area .. He feels the circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull capsule should be moved back a foot or two from the original seat location to compensate for the extra weight of the APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull capsule Even in a serious accident ; I feel the driver will be completely protected even if the capsule is torn from the boat I have two tunnel hull racing boat builders that are both excellent to choose from for a safety capsule… I think you could ; no doubt ; buy their safety approved modern tunnel boat safety capsules separately that can be trimmed to fit ; with a little work and planning ; in most boats at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Product-Service/Hoffman-Composite-Race-Boats-119357925407985/… or … https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports---Recreation-Venue/Composite-Craft-379680665382421/…. Both makes of finished tunnel boats are beautiful to look at and have won lots of races …. Check out their Facebook pages !!!!
How To Conduct a Bass Boat Race
Rules and Ideas for Bass Boat Racing
The circle track boats pictured above raced in Mod VP class ; in the 1980's ; and they used a APBA OPC racing tunnel hull safety capsule ( reinforced Cockpit ) bolted to the floor .... These safety capsules can survive a APBA OPC racing tunnel hull 130 mph Formula One tunnel boat high speed blow over accident and the driver usually walks away
I've raced Allison and Checkmate V hulled APBA OPC outboard racing boats and hi-performance APBA OPC racing tunnel hull boats for 27 years and though I am not OPC outboard boat racing anymore or have anything to do with the APBA (American Powerboat Association) APBA OPC racing tunnel hull boat racing ;..I truly care about the future of the sport of APBA OPC boat racing that was so much a part of my life .
These are my ideas for making a new racing class for APBA OPC's future using bass boats for a easy and practical way for new drivers to learn the sport . Rules that would apply to circle track racing bass boat setups are in the APBA OPC web site under the RULES for OPC(Outboard Performance Craft )for circle track racing boat setups .... It covers APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull life jackets for safety capsules for APBA OPC circle track tunnel hull racing and APBA V Hull OPC circle track racing with roll cages , helmets , seat belts , boat numbers , and all the details for stock car . ATV type roll cage setups to go circle track bass boat racing.... APBA OPC racing list of manufactures of safety equipment that is for APBA OPC circle track racing setups
For circle track bass boat racing safety I think a sprint car or ATV type roll cage is ; a absolute must have ; for a circle track racing bass boat ; in Group C ; and would be economical and practical . I think most of the circle track accidents will be spin outs , roll overs and collisions in the turns .... I don't think top end speed blow overs are as likely with this style and weight of bass boat that was used for pleasure boating .... Stock car type roll cages ; like in the Tri Hull boats racing in the photos below ; will work fine for circle track bass boats that go a top speed of 70 mph in Group C .....APBA OPC racing's safety experts are the best judge of roll cages and if they would work for circle track racing bass boats ...... ( My ideas for Circle Track Bass Boat Racing classes in groups A , B , and C ; are on Page 1 )
However ; I think that the APBA OPC racing tunnel hull safety capsule ( reinforced cockpit ) looks great and is the safest and most protection you can have for your circle track racing bass boat ; with a top speed of 100 mph for Group A and 85 mph top end speed for Group B ; and can be easily be bolted to the floor of your circle track racing bass boat setup . ( Photos of APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull capsule setups are at the bottom of this page )
If you choose to use a sprint car roll cage and seat setup for your racing Group C circle track bass boat setup ; buy both that meet the SFI Foundation, Inc. (SFI) high speed safety setup specifications .... ( and a approved circle track racing seat to protect the driver for racing and somewhat water resistant to avoid adding extra weight from soaking up water ) .... should be centered as much as possible and the circle track racing bass boat driver should be seated as low in your circle track racing bass boat as possible to help the handling setup and to protect the driver in an accident in racing pro bass boat for circle track racing .... I also think rear view racing mirrors should be mandatory so add those to your setup shopping list .........
There are several prefabricated circle track sprint car and ATV type roll cages to shop for on the web that meet the SFI Foundation, Inc. (SFI) specifications ... Your safety is the main concern but it is important to remember weight is an issue for APBA OPC outboard circle track boat racing and handling setup for circle track racing bass boats....so keep that in mind when shopping for a circle track stock car type roll cage for your safety setup in your outboard circle track bass boat for APBA (American Powerboat Association ) OPC outboard racing ... These are the rules now in place for V hulled ; Formula V , Super Sport and Tri Hull APBA OPC circle track racing outboard boat class setups ; that use circle track stock car type roll cages ...I've copied and pasted these rules for circle track sprint car type roll cages from their APBA OPC racing (Outboard Performance Craft ) Safety Rule setups.... Tri Hull. Formula V and Super Sport racing series classes may use a “roll cage” with driver restraint instead of a reinforced cockpit. The “roll cage” must be constructed so as to protect from frontal, side, rear, and top impact. It is recommended it should be constructed of chromoly, mild steel, or aluminum of sufficient gauge to withstand expected impact. All joints must be welded. The “cage” must be attached in such a manner to prevent it from being dislodged in the case of an impact. It may be bolted in. Bolts must be backed with a minimum of a 4 inch diameter round or 4 x 4” square washer having radiused edges. The washer must be a minimum of 3/16” aluminum or 1/8” steel. All other safety measures applicable to reinforced cockpit boats .Check out these setup rules for OPC (Outboard Performance Craft ) reinforced cockpit for APBA OPC circle track tunnel hull boat racing rules before you shop for seat belts and more equipment to setup your circle track bass boat for APBA OPC V hull circle track racing .
It's important to check to see that your circle track racing bass boat has flotation built into it so it will float after an accident ; APBA OPC circle track racing requires foam flotation and has a chart on how much foam to add to APBA OPC circle track racing boats with no flotation built in them.
In a APBA OPC circle track racing boat racing accident ; with boats setup with circle track stock car type roll cages ; like APBA OPC Tri Hull racing boats ....These racing drivers seem to walk away from most accidents...It must be that the boat hull deflects the water away from the strapped in driver..... Could circle track stock car window netting help further protect a circle track bass boat racing driver ; from a hard impact with water ; that uses a circle track stock car type roll cage setup in a racing circle track bass boat ?.... No doubt circle track stock car window net material is inexpensive to shop for, light weight , very strong and has a high tensile strength if it was properly attached to a circle track stock car type roll cage setup to protect APBA OPC circle track boat racing drivers torso and yet not be in the way of a racing circle track bass boat driver in an over turned circle track bass boat ....Perhaps the experts in safety set ups in APBA OPC racing ; could look in to this to see if this circle track window net setup that is used in circle track stock car auto racing could protest Circle Track Bass Boat racers club drivers with circle track sprint car type roll cages in the Group C with a top end speed of 70 mph .
In APBA OPC racing tunnel hull circle track boat racing we used a very small hand held "spare air " scuba diving tank setup (that you can shop for from your local scuba shop )that we would attach to the floor of our circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull safety capsule setups between our legs in case of getting trapped in an overturned circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull boat .... I never used mine because I was always in a BIG HURRY to get the seat belts off and swim to the surface of the water .... the APBA (American Powerboat Association ) has a mandatory OPC circle track racing boat safety capsule dunk testing setup for new APBA OPC racing drivers in a swimming pool in the spring time ..... I don't know if racing boat drivers that use a circle track stock car type roll cage setup are required to do this but it might be worth checking out so you will be prepared for an accident .... All circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull boat races have scuba divers setup and trained for rescue to assist in an accident and are usually there to help almost before you can unbuckle your seat belts in your overturned circle track APBA OPC racing boat .
I know all of this sounds a bit scary ... APBA OPC outboard boat racing isn't for those that are faint of heart .... However most APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull boat racers have a fun and safe time with circle track APBA OPC racing tunnel hull boat racing ... then they retire from APBA OPC tunnel hull circle track racing ; get old and dream about their glory days ( like I do ) ... APBA OPC tunnel hull circle track boat racing is a blast and great fun !!!....I will never forget the drivers and their families that I've hung out with and places I've seen while traveling around the country .
Here's some racing setup tips for APBA OPC circle track racing .... remove anything that can add weight to the nose of your circle track bass boat setup ; and move as much weight ( battery , gas tank , etc. ) towards the to the back of your circle track racing bass boat and still have it be under control in the straightaways , try different locations for your sprint car seat and circle track stock car type roll cage setup ,... Moving your weight back will help for fast acceleration when coming out of the turns .... Another thing that you will need to shop for in your circle track racing bass boat setup is a automatic drain flapper valve drain plug....Because of all that water from rooster tails filling up inside of your circle track racing bass boat during a race ; you can pick up lots of water weight sloshing around in your circle track racing bass boat from this ; so its important to use this setup to drain the water out of your circle track racing bass boat in a race .
The right engine height high speed setup on your transom is critical for your best performance in different water conditions ....Run your fast high horsepower outboard engine setup as high on your circle track racing bass boat transom as you can ; without your propeller losing bite or losing the water pressure to cool your outboard .... an eighth of an inch in setups can make a big difference in your lap times.... It all about keeping your momentum through the turns and hitting your peek RPMs ; at the end of the straightaway .... You may need different pitched hi-performance props setup for different sized circle tracks that are normally around a mile sized track or a little shorter ....Its not all about top end speed for circle track outboard APBA OPC racing .
Use up and down toggle switches for trimming your circle track boat...Setup these trim switches for each spoke of your circle track racing bass boats steering wheel ( like a APBA OPC racing tunnel hull ) ... They come in handy when going through the turns and in tricky water conditions ... I liked to have the UP buttons setup closest to my thumbs since I used them more than the Down buttons .... Mercury High Performance Outboard has these trim switches for sale that you can shop for that are used with APBA OPC racing tunnel hull circle track setups .... You can also notch out the spokes on your steering wheels for these trim toggle switch setups .... You will also need to shop for Racing Radios two way communications system setups to talk to your spotters , pit crew and the race officials during a circle track bass boat race .... We used to seal the radio setup in a plastic container for waterproofing .
Along APBA OPC circle track racing safety rules for racing setups that are standard in APBA OPC circle track racing tunnel hull and APBA OPC circle track racing V hulls setups .... Anyone could go outboard boat racing that has a bass boat for pleasure boating ... Start a new circle track class for bass boat racing and join in on the fun !!!
Tunnel Hull Boat Racing's Future
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How To Conduct a Bass Boat Race
The boats above are the APBA OPC Tri-hull circle track racing class ......They used circle track roll cages and have a fast top end speed of 65 .... The biggest danger in these APBA OPC circle track V hulled boats is getting run over after a spin out in the turns .... The roll cage does a good job with protecting the drivers in this class .... This circle track class is very popular in Texas ; but I think these boat hulls would be very hard to find elsewhere .
Circle Track Bass Boat Racing isn't a racing class yet so this photo is the best that I can do to show what a Allison boat would look like with a safety capsule in it ... I think Allison uses the same hull ; that they use for their 2002 bass boat and use a different deck on it for drag racing ... I think a Allison 2002 bass boat would look really cool with a APBA OPC racing tunnel hull safety capsule in it bolted to the floor !