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As some of you may remember from some of my many posts asking questions that I am in the market for a new boat. I have had catalogs and brochures sent to me from every boat maker I know of. Today I got the last one that I had requested, and it was from Bullet. One of the flyers in the brochure was for a newly tested Bullet 20XD and holy crap it is fast. It is equipped with a Mercury Pro Max 300x motor with a Sport Master gearcase with a 1.62:1 gear ratio and a 14 1/2 x 28 inch Performance Pro round ear prop. It was rigged for bass fishing with all the regular electronics and trolling motor as well as all the storage of a normal Bullet boat. It ran 104 mph on GPS speed which registered as 103.9 mph on a Stalker radar gun like the cops use. Talk about getting to your fishing spot in a hurry. Your launch draw wouldn't matter with speeds like that...lol. Just incase you care I am still leaning towards a Skeeter with Ranger close behind and then maybe Champion and Gambler tied for third. Later.  

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Bullets are fast, but what they don't tell you that boat is a lighter layup than the average production Bullet, plus the hull was blue printed and Paul Nichols, their "test pilot" can drive the living crap out of one.  Paul has had one running 119.8 with a Jay Smith racing engine pushing close to 400 hp.

For the above average boater, you can expect something closer to the 80's maybe low 90's with the 300X.  A friend of mine has a 20DX  with a modified HO (approx 280 hp) on it that runs 92 but he has spent a lot of money and time on his setup.

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Ben

I hear what your saying about the average boater. Your probably right. The thing is though, that the boat they tested...is for sale as tested for $49,000. I don't think that there are too many average boaters out there who would have the cajones to take the boat to its limit, rather than the boat wouldn't do it unless it had an expert driver although I agree that Paul Nichols can drive the crap out of it and he will get every last mph out of it.

100mph on the water is a hell of allot different than 100 on land. For those who have done 85 mph on water and think that its not that much more to go 100-110mph...you would be in for a rude awaking around 95. I have been in a hot-rod race boat with a friend of mine out in Oregon doing 125mph.We had the guys from the County Marine Patrol radar us from two different locations, one on a bridge above us as we passed them and another in a boat facing us down the lake. One clocked us at 129 and the other at 125 so we just went with the lower of the two. The 125 reading was from a gun that been calibrated recently.

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I hear it's tough to get insurance on those rigs. Any feedback on that?

You know I am an insurance agent...never insured anything like that though.  But, I will look into it and do a quote on the Bullet I mentioned.  I will get back and let you know.

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When I went to get insurance on my Gambler my agent said it was one of those brands they dont insure. If I remember the brands were Gambler, Bullet, Allison, Norris craft and Swift. He said its because they fell under High performance category. I had no problem getting it insured through Progressive insurance though.

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