How much longer will the older fleet of Seebold hulls hold up under pressure

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First and foremost let’s get one thing straight, we have nothing but the utmost respect for the entire Seebold family as they are all true legends and the boats that have been built by them have won several titles around the world.

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Second, what NGK and Tim Seebold have done with the current series is absolutely amazing and we also respect that. The title of this post is about the longevity and integrity of the aging fleet of hulls nothing more than that. Now, back to the title of this post. After watching the season finale on the Sabine we can’t help but wonder how long will this current fleet of Seebolds continue to take a licking and keep ticking or should drivers start investing in newer hulls like the Seebold all carbon fiber hull that tends not to be kindling wood after a major tangle. Again this is in no way a slight to the older Seebold hulls but simply a question asking how much life is left in these hulls and do they remain to be as safe as they once were when rolled off the shop floor in Missouri back in the day.

*This post also applies to many of the older hulls running the circuit. How is the core strength of the hull measured after 10 years and in some cases 15 years or older? It doesn’t have to be an older Seebold hull per sey. This same question can be asked when it comes to all older hulls running week in and week out under intense pressure. Will these older hulls continue to be safe under racing conditions given the massive amount of abuse they sustain during a race weekend. When should these hulls be sunset and moved off the course?

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Illustration for article titled How much longer will the older fleet of Seebold hulls hold up under pressure
Photo: NGK F1 Powerboat Championship

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