Is it ever appropriate to ride your Harley in a t shirt and shorts? Sure, when you're in your Harley Davidson powered mini speed boat from St. Martin Mini Speed Boats of Mentor, Ohio. Starting with their standard 15 footer, they mounted a Harley Evolution 1340 crate motor, added their own patent pending water cooling system, connected it to a Mercury Marine® Alpha stern drive and you have the boat you see here. Nice.
It's not a big boat, obviously, 2 persons or 600 pound capacity, but it pushes all the right buttons. Painted in an orange and black color scheme and emitting the correct Harley sounds, you now have the perfect answer to those summer weekend dilemmas, ride the Harley or take out the boat? Why not do both?
There's no detail on the site describing the water cooling though the photo here gives you an idea of what they've done. Is the engine rubber mounted to isolate vibrations from the hull? Also, no performance figures are available. Base price is $29,995.
We'll be following up with more detail because I find this pretty interesting, but it shows what a resourceful company can do when someone asks, I wonder if you could ...? Motorcycles, cars, airplanes and boats, is there anything the Harley V-twin can't do?
We were pointed in this direction by one of our readers to the north who keeps up on the world of boats (retired Canadian Navy) and lots of other interesting mechanical technology. Thank you, Gerry!
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