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    Rabco Magnun Missle

    Hey guys,
    I am new to outboards. I have had hot 454/bravo in a 23.6 rinker (70mph), and 3 or 4 inboard ski boats. (35mph)
    I feel the need for speed again.
    I found a Rabco Magnun Missle with a 2.4 merc bridgeport. can anyone give me some info of stuff to check?? It "needs maintenance"
    How fast will this boat go?? how fast safely??
    If the motor has good compression, is it a good motor? how much should the compression be?? What the heck is a bridgeport? How much HP is a 2.4 merc? Is it a v6 or i4?
    See, I am new to outboards, but this boat looks fast with its total tunnel hull.
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    Welcome to Scream and Fly Kevin.

    Many people, INCLUDING ME, think the Magnum Missle is a death trap with a V6. While it's true that some people have run them successfully, MANY have been blown over. This boat was designed when a 135 inline 6 Merc (rated at the powerhead, probably only about 110 in today's ratings) was about the hottest thing you could buy. The boats have a lot of lift designed into the tunnel to pack air and just aren't safe at anything over mid 70's speeds, and can be blown over even at those speeds with an unexpected change in wind.

    They're neat boats from a collector's standpoint, but in terms of function are completely obsolete by today's standards and especially with today's power options.



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    Thanks, 70 is PLENTY fast enough!! but maybe I should keep looking.
    Thanks.

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    Rabco magnum missle

    I think I know which boat you are looking at RED/YELLOW? It's a RABCO just the same these boats can be very dangerous, especially if your not familiar with them, better stick to a v-bottom boat alot more forgiving, be safe and have fun ...Click image for larger version. 

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    Yup, thats it!! I am more concerned with If it runs rather than it going too fast!! I do not want a project. Is the Bridgeport dependable????
    I think any small boat is unsafe at 70mph. I have read on this site of at least 2 DEATHS caused by this boat!!

    For 4-6 grand this seems like a good choice to 1) carry 4 people 2) go in salt water 3) get the speed rush of 60 plus mph.
    I am not a racer, but my inboard skiboat only goes 35-40 and I am bored!!
    ya'll are cool and very informative.
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raceman View Post
    Welcome to Scream and Fly Kevin.

    Many people, INCLUDING ME, think the Magnum Missle is a death trap with a V6. While it's true that some people have run them successfully, MANY have been blown over. This boat was designed when a 135 inline 6 Merc (rated at the powerhead, probably only about 110 in today's ratings) was about the hottest thing you could buy. The boats have a lot of lift designed into the tunnel to pack air and just aren't safe at anything over mid 70's speeds, and can be blown over even at those speeds with an unexpected change in wind.

    They're neat boats from a collector's standpoint, but in terms of function are completely obsolete by today's standards and especially with today's power options.
    Well writen Raceman its all true i lost a good frend that a lot of you guys might remember Gill blew over in Christal river Those boats dont like v6s

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    Gil Antes was a very good friend of mine from NY and from Outboard Hydro racing down here . Miss him .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLUB442 View Post
    Yup, thats it!! I am more concerned with If it runs rather than it going too fast!! I do not want a project. Is the Bridgeport dependable????
    I think any small boat is unsafe at 70mph. I have read on this site of at least 2 DEATHS caused by this boat!!

    For 4-6 grand this seems like a good choice to 1) carry 4 people 2) go in salt water 3) get the speed rush of 60 plus mph.
    I am not a racer, but my inboard skiboat only goes 35-40 and I am bored!!
    ya'll are cool and very informative.
    thanks
    Kevin
    Don't do it. You will get bored with 60 mph sooner than you think. At that point, death will be just around the corner.

    I rolled a cat at 90+ mph and was lucky. I don't want to do it again, and I don't want anyone to be in that situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Foley View Post
    Gil Antes was a very good friend of mine from NY and from Outboard Hydro racing down here . Miss him .
    rite guys,gill was a good friend, he had the rabco touching tripple digits, watched him drive that boat a few times ,testing out of my neighborhood.what really got to me was that a hi school buddy ,jimbo boggs bought that rabco brandnew . he got too happy with the trim one sunday & died from his injuries, that was a couple years before gill got ahold of the boat. if you put any v6 on it ,,be CAREFULL!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Don't do it. You will get bored with 60 mph sooner than you think. At that point, death will be just around the corner.

    I rolled a cat at 90+ mph and was lucky. I don't want to do it again, and I don't want anyone to be in that situation.
    With the multitude of decent handling V bottoms and modified tunnels on the market, why take a chance on an old boat with a bad reputation? There are also structural concerns as these boats had weak transoms. The two that were in my area both had the transoms crack and seperate with inline six's. Markus is correct. Unless your DNA is radically different than the rest of us, you WILL want to go faster.
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    Here's a question, the bridgeport's a nice motor. It might be worth it for him if he gets it cheap enough to get a newer safer tunnel, throw the motor on it and sell the older hull??

    Just thinking out loud.

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    Magnum

    all this CRAZY talk gives me WOOD...I'm takin my MISSLE out tomorrow...I need a good thrill a minute ride, besides I got some new props to try, if your not livin on the edge ...buy a pontoon boat or stay home on the porch...I have had a bunch of these boats and never got hurt YET, I stuffed one once..that woke me up, I always ware my jacket and pay attention and respect my instincts...confidence not carelessness leads to a great day SUNNY SIDE UP...I'll be out with my buddy and his VELOCITY, I used to beat him with the BIG MOTOR, now with the XR-4 I'm going to have to lean on it, this should be interesting at best...His VELOCITY , carb 280 spec motor runs 80+, he told me he put another 2.5 pro max motor on it now, how fast can that be??? hope i'ts calm out.......Click image for larger version. 

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    Missle

    Well we went out today BEAUTIFUL DAY, and NO I didn't beat the VELOCITY, still too much prop with this little motor, only ran 62mph at 5500 rpm, it's a big diff what 100hp makes...tried 26p, 24p next step 22p, attitude of boat is good, just short on hp w/ stock 150 xr-4 ...the VELOCITY ran 77.8 on GPS...all in all great day, had lunch at SUNSET CAFE and boogyed on home, nothin broke...Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnum2.5 View Post
    Well we went out today BEAUTIFUL DAY, and NO I didn't beat the VELOCITY, still too much prop with this little motor, only ran 62mph at 5500 rpm, it's a big diff what 100hp makes...tried 26p, 24p next step 22p, attitude of boat is good, just short on hp w/ stock 150 xr-4 ...the VELOCITY ran 77.8 on GPS...all in all great day, had lunch at SUNSET CAFE and boogyed on home, nothin broke...Click image for larger version. 

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    How much does that boat weigh?? I would have thought those would be faster with a 150 or is it bigger than it looks in the pick??

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    Missle

    not sure of the weight, it's pretty solid though, this same boat, same set-up but with 2.5 mod offshore motor ran mid-high 80's at 6700 rpm easy, took off big motor and put this motor on hopeing for 70's and make it a little safer...bone stock 150 my not cut it...we will see...Click image for larger version. 

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