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Zapcats

Now that you all learned about Terre Haute, I’ll tell you about something I learned about:

Zapcats.

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One of the vendors I was testing with brought a Zapcat out. His sons race it and he builds the motors. It looked cool so that night at the hotel I did some googling and Oh. My. God. This looks amazing. Here, see for yourself.

The only thing I can really liken it to is motorcycle sidecar racing where one bonkers individual pilots the craft and the other, more bonkers person, acts as living, movable ballast.

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The boats themselves are built like RHIBs, with a solid center portion between two inflatable pontoons. The motors start as 50 HP units but are tuned up into the 60-65 HP range. The boats weigh around 180 lbs and the motors around 250. They can apparently make 50+ MPH, in other words, they scoot.

The vendor offered rides if time allowed, but sadly things didn’t work out. Maybe one day.

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All this has led to an impasse in the Snuze house. Selling the 850 plus some extra fun money I have gets me most of the way to a used, entry level Zapcat setup (cat, 50HP motor, trailer). Mrs Snuze has given me a hard no. I guess I shouldn’t have shown her the racing video first.

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