Classic Fiberglass Scarab Wellcraft offshore performance boat

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Scarab Panther

This a sister-ship to the one I had that went 74 mph back in the 1980s. Same color, same details, except for the cockpit cover stripe. The one I had made for me was powered by the first set of twin Mercury Marine Magnum Bravo engines and drives shipped west of the Mississippi River. This seabuddy photo image was taken in Alexandria Bay, NY in the 1,000 Islands area of the USA.

I was an ex-Wellcraft boat dealer that had sold and had owned many Scarab boats and wanted to try the better balance that the Bravo 454 package offered over a TRS 454 big block set-up in the 30 foot race hull. Plus, I could get Gus Anastasi at Wellcraft to make one up using lots of Kevlar to lighten and strengthen the hull.

With a 454 Bravo power package the weight of the engine and drive sat farther back within the boat and that weight shift made for a better and faster boat with a given amount of power. Also, the Magnum Mercury Marine back then offered a easy way to get the good heads and 4 bolt main bearings in a stock Mercruiser package.  There was no need to go to Merc Racing to get the better engine.

With 1.5 to 1 gears in the Mercury Marine Bravo outdrive, the boat ran best with 25” pitch props. It ran about the same top speed, but had a softer hole shot with 27” props. A set of 23” pitch props were real peppy coming out-of-the-hole, but did not get the same 74 MPH top speed.

I tried several minor changes to play with the top speed, but nothing added as much to the boat’s top speed performance as the right props did. I did, know, however, that true straight-back exhausts (not a switchable exhaust) would really more the top speed number by 3-5 MPH, but I did not want all the noise.

This is my favorite size and powered Scarab, the 30 foot inboard outboard Scarab. I had a 34’ Scarab, a 38’ Scarab,  a 40’ Scarab, and a 30’ outboard powered Scarab (which I really did not like at high speed). Yup, I like this boat.

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