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post #20 of Old 03-30-2007
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Part of the problem with boats that race is that many are modified far from the "stock" configurations, that are generally bought for cruising. While some boat manufacturers may offer different configurations, the "racing" ones may be very different from those sold to the cruising market.

A good analogy is that it is kind of like NASCAR.... which uses "stock" cars... but the cars are nothing like the ones sold to the public. On the NASCAR "stock" cars—there are no stereos, no automatic transmissions, no doors that open—they're welded shut, one on seat, a rollcage... yet it is called a "stock" car. You can't go in to a car dealership and order one like this.

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