Motorboat & Yachting - - THE 10 -

Power­boat rac­ers Marc Lyne and Dean Wat­son have bro­ken the Round Ire­land speed record for boats un­der 30ft. The pair set a new time of 18 hours and 12 min­utes beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record by 25 min­utes. They used a pro­duc­tion Scor­pion 8.5m RIB fit­ted with a Yan­mar 315hp in­board stern­drive diesel en­gine.

The duo pre­vi­ously used the same boat to set a speed record around An­gle­sey in 2015. For this chal­lenge the boat was light­ened by re­mov­ing items such as the A-frame and swap­ping lead acid bat­ter­ies for smaller, lighter lithium-ion ones. The weight saved was used to add an ex­tra 400 litres of fuel (dou­ble the usual ca­pac­ity) with­out af­fect­ing the boat’s 50 knot top speed.

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