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Thu., Sept. 26, 2013, 6:02 a.m.

8 outboards ought to get you a big fish

A boat reportedly used for drug running across the English Channel had eight outboards totaling 2,000 hp.
A boat reportedly used for drug running across the English Channel had eight outboards totaling 2,000 hp.

BOATING -- "But officer, we're just out fishing..."

I've seen boat set up something like this for federal drug enforcement being transported on I-90 near Seattle.  Seems the feds have to keep up with the speed-boating criminals. 

But outboards totaling 2,000 hp? Can you imaging the fuel bill?

The photo above has been going around the Internet for a while, with this explanation, verified by Snopes:

2,000 hp drug runner boat from Europe.
 
Used to run cross the English Channel three times a week, it was a blure on British Coast Guard radar.
 
Enforcement called in a  brought in a special high speed helicopter to chase it. Drugs were found on board. You'd need a good cash flow just to run it. 
 
  • Yamaha Vx250 outboard engines list price: $23,000 EACH!
  • $23,000 X 8 = $184,000.00 just for the motors!



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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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