Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2008 4:06 PM
Subject: Smartrails on 43 Viking Express Sportfisher
Although we spoke over the phone today to
discuss the incredible success I have had with your smart rail 2000
product. I wanted to take a minute to send you this quick note so that
others will know what a truly great boating product the smart rail system
is. In our charter operation we operate a 43' Open Viking Express
Sportfisher powered by 800 hp MAN engines coupled to ZF gears with 1.5
reduction swinging 27 x 36 props. The boat weighs in at just under 20
tons fully loaded and is a notoriously wet boat!! Well not anymore!!
As one might imagine, with such a heavy
however well engineered boat by Viking Yachts, I wondered if an add on
product would really work to reduce annoying spray......spray that we
would get even in modest conditions. Yes I was a little skeptical but not
after the first sea trial after installation of your product. Headsea
spray in modest conditions....totally eliminated. Spray overall I would
say has been reduced by over 90%. It amazed me to think that even though
Viking builds such a great boat that I could add a product to make the
ride even better!!
Even more incredible to me was how the
boat handled after installation of the rails. This was a completely
unanticipated gain in performance. With the additional lift from the
rails the boat gets up on plane much faster, planes at several knots less
than before and most importantly you can hear and feel the reduction in
engine strain and vibration.....it's like we have a new boat with larger
engines!!! And she handles much more nimbly at lower speeds.
It’s truly an incredible product, my hats
off to the ingenious designers who developed this concept and I want to
offer my sincere thanks!!
This dramatic increase in performance and
spray reduction came from adding one smart rail 2000 kit to each side of
the hull just below the "false" chine. We started the rails about 1 foot
from the stem on the bow and ran 18' of smart rail 2000 down each side of
Thank you again for providing the boating
world with such a well designed product that really delivers all the
claims and then some!!
Rob Loftis, Captain
Reel Escape Charters
On the web:
To Smart Marine
Proline 25' Walkaround 2005. Owner states: "I have been
trying to sell this Boat for 6 months because we were getting so WET. My
family wouldn't go with me after the first trip. I wanted to sell it and
get a Grady White. Then I Saw ''The Smart Rail'' on the web site and had
my boat yard in GA install a pair of M-2000 Smart Rails to the bow of my
boat. I tested the boat today and no spray. I ran the boat harder than I
do normally and JUST COULD NOT GET WET. Also the boat gets up on plane at
15 mph instead of 20. I just can't believe it . If I were to get another
Boat I would definitely have ''Smart Rails'' on it. I will send you
photos next week." 1/23/08
1996 Henriques 28 Express Fisherman gained 3 knots and knocked down
the spray with the M-2000 mounted Bow to Stern.
Products Corp. In July of 2002 , we have installed the smart rail spray
rails forward and the m-2000 lifting rails aft on the M/V Foxsea , A 53'
Hatteras Sportfish. The spray rails are very effective in reducing the
spray in 3-4 foot seas with about 60 % reduction of spray reaching the
flybridge. The m-2000 lifting rails have given the Foxsea a better
position in the water and significantly reduces the plowing resulting in
an increase of 2-3 knots overall speed. The lifting rails also seem to
provide better stability.
Last Month , we replaced the M-2000 lifting rails with 12' of the
M-3000 lifting rails. Sea trials with no lifting rails resulted in a
cruise speed of 11-12 knots at 1900 rpm and a top speed of 15-16 knots at
2320 rpm. With the M-3000 lifting rails installed , the cruise speed
increased to 15-16 knots at 1900 rpm and a top speed of 19 -20 knots at
----Trips to Bimini , Bahamas from Ft. Lauderdale Fl. used to take
approximately 4 1/2 hours before any rails were installed on the Foxsea.
On a recent trip, the Foxsea made the 52 mile crossing in 3 hours and 15
minutes in 3 foot following sea. - The overall ride of the boat seems to
be softer and there seems to be less strain on the Detroit 1271N motors
getting the boat out of the water. We would highly recommend The Smart
Rail system for any similar Sportfish Boat. "
Foxsea Charters Inc.
Capt. Jim Litrides
May 18, 2005
May 24, 2004
After installing Smart Rails on my 1982 Silverton 40 ft. aft cabin,
performance was increased dramatically! I was now able to achieve cruise
speed of 16 to 17 knots at 3200 rpm without using the secondaries,
lowering fuel consumption 3 to 4 gals. per hour at cruising speed. The
boat also handles and turns much easier at cruising speed. It feels light
on its feel and the size of the wake has been substantially reduced.
Thank you for an excellent product.
Paul A. Troncone
"We have installed the Smart Rail spray rails
forward and the lifting rails aft on the M/V FOXSEA, a 53’ Hatteras
Sportfish. The spray rails are very effective in reducing the spray in 3-5
foot seas with about a 60% reduction of spray reaching the flybridge. The
lifting rails have given the FOXSEA a better position in the water and
significantly reduces the plowing resulting in an increase of 2-3 knots
overall speed. The lifting rails also seem to provide better
Capt. Jim Litrides
FOXSEA Charters, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
"...after 4 years, I still love Smart Rails. I have bragged about
them since day one.
Capt. Ken Roy
WHOPPER STOPPER Sport Fishing
Crystal River, FL
11 June 2002
This is to inform you that I have had excellent
results with your product. The spray rails, which I used for three years
on my 36’ Tiara, eliminated 80-90% of the nuisance spray.
Recently, I applied your product on a 45’ Cabo
Express and found the same 80-90% reduction in nuisance spray. Thank you
for making such a great product at a reasonable price.
Art Kamm, P.E.
Chief Executive Officer
KAMM Consulting, Inc.
Boca Raton, FL and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
13 August 2001
I have recently installed your rails to my 24 Topaz.
The 24 Topaz is a great boat, but generally underpowered. I have a single
inboard Volvo Diesel rated at 165 hp. Prior to installation of your rails,
the boat cruised at a solid 22 kts., 2 3400 rpms. It planned at 3000 and
had a max rpm of 3600, as recommended by the manufacturer. Everyone I
talked to said that I should be happy with that and that better
performance would only come from an expensive re-power.
Although some spray deflection would be nice, I was
really looking for more speed. As you instructed I installed (2) 9 foot
sections of your rail to both port and starboard. Unlike other
installations, I started from the transom and worked my way forward in an
attempt to gain maximum lift on the hull. It worked!
On the first test run I was impressed. I noticed a
little sharper steering, faster planning, (by 100 rpms) and a slight
increase in speed to 23 kts., @3400 rpms. I also noticed a jump in the max
rpms to 3750 from 3600. These extra 150 turns on the top end allowed me to
add a heavy cup to my 17 x 18 four blade wheel. After doing this the
increase in speed is astonishing!
With the added cup on the wheel it will now cruise at
a very solid 25 kts., @ 3400 rpms. NO ONE CAN BELIEVE YOUR PRODUCT
HELPED ADD 3 kts. TO MY CRUISE SPEED, BUT IT DID. In addition, I
can drop down to 2100 rpms and still make 22 kts., thus burning less fuel
and increasing my range.
I mainly fish Bluewater in the Gulf of Mexico, out of
Venice, LA. The fishing is great, but it requires a 26 mile run South in
the Mississippi River just to get to saltwater and then the Bluewater may
be 12 to 120 miles offshore. With all the travel required, an increase in
speed makes the run-time shorter and fishing-time longer. I am very
satisfied with your product and I have recommended it to other boaters.
1 October 2002
Hi, I purchased your smart-rail system 16 months ago
to install on my 42 Post, as we were in dry-dock doing a major blister
job. According to your instructions, we stripped the gel coat down to the
bare fiberglass to get the best bond. We did our sea trial on 4/14/02. The
seas were running 2-4 feet with a SW wind of 15-20 kts. Leaving St.
Augustine inlet, we were able to run the boat SE up to 23.5 kts. According
to the GPS, and then we kept the bridge window open all the time and never
got wet. I installed the rails all the way from the bow to the stern and
it is truly amazing in the difference of the ride and the way the boat
handles. We can plane the boat at 1650 rpms. Instead of squatting coming
out of the hole, the boat just seems to just raise up. It also helped to
keep the bow from digging in with a following sea. It did not cure the
problems that the Post hull has in a following sea, but it helped keep the
bow from following the trough. I want to thank you for your product and
would highly recommend the rails to any Post owner. They will be amazed at
the difference in the ride, we gained 3 kts. In top speed, the boat rides
higher out of the water, the spray is almost eliminated. I haven’t had
the chance to make a ledge trip to check out the fuel economy, but I am
sure it will cut our fuel consumption at least 10-15%. Thank you again.
Smart-Rails reduced spray by 75% on my 35' Cabo Express. (Click to
804-224-7114 - okay to call
"The attached photos (not included in this
testimonial) show the deflection of water from the spray rails we
fitted in Fremantle. The “Smart Rails” are from the US and have been
fitted to a number of Fleming’s including #108 in Sydney (Australia).
The rails come in two models covering displacement and non displacement
hulls and will fit a large range of craft. Installation is quite unique
requiring specific hull temperature and were fitted to RR by three of us
in the course of a very long day. The installation is exacting but all
materials come with the kit. During our voyage we found the spray rails
extremely beneficial in reducing on board spray and seas and certainly
commend them. The photo shows them running aft from the bow to the
waterline. If you require further info contact http://www.thesmartrail.com.
If anyone in Perth would like more info and a recommended installer please
Graham R. Young
"I wish to report success in controlling sea
spray on our Cabo 33 training vessel."
"With rails applied to a single side of the
vessel’s forward chines, the Smart Rails have presented a unique
comparison opportunity. The side without rails continues to receive spray.
The side carrying the Smart Rails is significantly dry. These observations
are based on the training captains aboard and by crews of sister vessels
running with “Little Chappy”. Forward, aft, and alongside views really
show the difference of 'with' and 'without'."
"Although we do not run our training vessels in
severe seas, the excellent performance of the Smart Rails has been
confirmed. They are equally effective in moderate seas."
Robert J. Behnke
Vessel Maintenance Supervisor
Chapman School of Seamanship
"Just wanted to thank you again for a great
product. I’ve had my Smart Rails for two years now and what a difference
they have made. My boat was miserably wet and now is as dry as any I have
used … I have recommended Smart Rails several times on various fishing
an boating message boards."
Capt. Ken Roy
Whopper Stopper Sport Fishing
Crystal River, FL
"Just wanted to let you know that the spray
rails are working GREAT!!!! We are very happy with them."
"In early spring of this year (1999) I purchased
The Smart Rail for my 29’ Chesapeake Bay work board. I’d seen it for
the first time at the Watermen’s Expo in Ocean City, MD back in January.
Two weeks ago, during my annual mid-summer haul-out I installed the rails.
While I’ve had my boat out on trips just twice since the installation I
am absolutely delighted with the performance of your product."
Severna Park, MD
"During the Miami Boat show this past winter I came across your
booth displaying your "Spray Rails". After discussion with Chris
Hodges, and in conjunction with a friend of mine who has a similar problem
as I have with a wet boat, we decided to install your rails on both of our
boats (mine being the 53' Viking Sport Fish). I had been looking into all
of the ramifications of such an installation for a long time and had been
VERY hesitant because of the complicated nature and the cost of such an
installation with the conventional methods. I really didn't like the idea
of drilling and fiber glassing their spray rails onto my hull.
Most of my boating friends who are very knowledgeable were adamant that
with the conventional methods of installation I would rip the rails off
the boat under the conditions that I fish and run. They were even more
skeptical when I told them your product would not mutilate my hull. "No
way", they said! "Those thing will be hanging off the boat during the
first 5 miles you run at 23 knots in a 3-5 foot sea". "You have got to be
kidding, Paul. That boat weighs 80,000 lbs. Do you really expect a glued
on rail to hold up under those conditions?" The waters in South Florida,
the Gulf Stream, and the Bahamas "Out Islands" can be pretty rough, and I
am not a "fair weather" boater! They have been with me and know I fish and
run in almost anything. Well, did I surprise them! I had the rails
installed anyway! You were very sure of your product and very persuasive.
First., I have never worked people as accommodating, honest (very
rare), and capable as you. You did everything you promised in a timely and
professional manner. You didn't miss a beat. ...
Since your Smart
Rails have been installed, I have been fishing in
the Bahamas twice (with my skeptical fishing buddies). We have all been
truly shocked! The difference the spray rails made in the
performance and comfort of the boat is astounding. The 53' Viking
is a great, strong boat, but it's WET. With the spray rails, I took almost
NO SPRAY, let alone not needing radar to see what was in front of me. In
the past I needed wet gear on the bridge even with the clear curtains in
place. We ran in 6-8' seas during the first trip. No spray. No one could
believe it. Returning from Bimini, during our second trip, we ran into a
northwest wind blowing 25 knots. We took the seas on our starboard bow
quarter (really big seas) which normally got us so wet that we couldn't
see anything. The bridge was absolutely dry. By the time we were home,
every one of the men on the boat were talking about whom they could tell
about your product.
I really thank you for giving me a "new boat". You have made
me a believer in your product, and made me a friend because of the manner
which you conducted business. Many, many thanks."
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
"My 21-ft Carolina Skiff must have been allergic to waves because it
never stopped sneezing, blowing spray back to soak deck and crew, each
time we went out. So I used THE
SMART-RAIL®. It was easy
to install, and once in place it's there for good, and the Skiff's allergy
is permanently cured."
Boating Magazine, NY
"I have bought one of your smart
rails a month ago and they are great!!!! I bought
the rail for my Carolina Skiff and it has reduced the spray from waves
more than I thought it ever would... I'm keeping my boat now."
Tampa, Fl. 33615
"I own two 17-foot Aquasports. THE
SMART-RAIL® was put on the
boat with a 1990 70HP Johnson. The other has a 1998 90HP Honda. Believe it
or not, both boats now run at the same speed. The one with the new spray
rail gets out of the water much faster, holds tighter on sharp turns, and
has a much drier ride. Needless to say, I will be adding THE
SMART-RAIL® to my other
boats. Thanks for a great product!'
Panama City, FL
"I have installed the rails on my 1995 39ft bayliner. The boat was
not a very dry boat prior to the installation. I am very pleased with the
result. The time to install the rails was as you said it would be, there
were no surprises. Many people have asked about the rails, if you send me
some business cards I will pass the along for you."
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
"I had THE
SMART-RAIL installed on my 52-ft TOLLYCRAFT M/Y.
Bow spray is now under control. A great product."
"This year I purchased
The Smart Rail. I'd seen it for the first time at
the Watermen's Expo in Ocean City. I installed the rails and am absolutely
delighted with the performance of your product.
My 29' Chesapeake Bay work boat has a small wheelhouse and its length
is mostly cockpit. The ride was exceptionally wet. I often had to
"ride" with my curtains in place to keep my passengers and
equipment dry. I wanted spray rails for a long time, but didn't want bolts
through my hull. I was immediately interested in the Smart Rail because of
the installation process.
Now that they are on, they look great and have kept me dry ever since.
Thanks a lot for introducing me to your product. I wish you good luck with
it in the future. Please know, if you ever have inquiries about
performance and looks of The Smart Rail from people along Chesapeake Bay,
that I would be happy to have them contact me for a demonstration."
Severna Park, MD 21146
SMART-RAIL® System was
easy to install on my 24-ft Sportcraft. It greatly reduced the bow spray.
Now I plane at 2600 rpm instead of 3000. I can now go farther on a tank of
gas. It also increased my speed by 4 mph!"
"Just wanted to let you know that the spray rails are working
GREAT!!! We are very happy with them."
"My 42-ft PEI Lobsterboat does 26 knots. I didn't think it would
hold on. We've been through some rough seas, and it held fast. The crew
like the improved working conditions, especially in winter. We installed
the rails without hauling the boat."
New Bedford, MA
"I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with your product.
This weekend my friend and I installed a pair of M2000 Smartrails on my
15' palm beach flats boat. This boat has to be the wettest ride on the
water. I couldn't even cross a l' boat wake or drive in a small following
see without stuffing the bow. I even telephoned the national sales manager
for palm beach with my concerns. He couldn't really offer any suggestions,
so I ordered your product after seeing the ad in the Florida Sportsman.
Well after proper preparation and a phone call to clarify the
directions I couldn't be happier. The installation process was a snap,
taking about 2 hours. The next day I took the boat out in Sarasota bay
into about a 15 knot wind. My friend was skeptical that the smart rail
would be effective. I knew it would and have since eliminated spray by
about 90%!! No more wiping off my Costa's every 5 minutes The boat planed
better, ran flatter and I noticed that it didn't porpoise any more.
One of the reasons I bought this boat was to run in shallow water in
search of Snook, Trout etc. The problem I encountered was when running in
skinny water I would tilt the motor up a little. Well that made it run
worse because the boat would porpoise like crazy. With the Smartrail,
porpoising was completely eliminated!! Now I can jack the Suzuki EFI
4-Stroke nearly out of the water and run much shallower. In my estimate, I
probably draw 3 to 4" less water. That's huge considering the Oyster
beds we commonly run across.
I would highly recommend the Smart rail. I guess my next project will
be installing a pair on the aft section."
"We tested it in rough sea conditions. No spray. It works
"I just put on my Smart Rail and it works great."
"I could not believe the reduction in spray on my 17-ft Boston
Whaler. With THE
SMART-RAIL®, my family now
loves to come along."
"The 25-ft Parker Rescue/Towboat I use in my business no longer takes
waves over the bow. I also installed the M-1000 across the aft section of
the cabin top. The crew can now stand in the doorway in a rain storm and
not get soaked."
New Bedford, MA
Installed the rails on my 25 CC Sportcraft. Your rails reduced spray by
at least 75% and seems to have increased boat speed by 2-3 kts in light
seas. They work.
Upon loading on trailer, mid way, starboard side hooked on roller,
slightly pulled top section loose (2-4" section). However, 10-12 ft
seas did not damage, nor did the 32 kts.
2 October 2002
I am the new owner of a Reelin, a 41 Hatteras, with
one section of your spray rail at the bow. The difference of no rails and
rails is like night and day. I have been a crew member on this boat prior
to purchasing it from my friend’s estate. As one of the early test bed’s
for these rails I can attest to their effectiveness. Our bridge windows
would constantly take spray. With these rails in place we only rarely take
spray when the seas are bigger than 6 hoot or so. Two years ago, we had a
failure when the original set of rails failed due to their hardness
(brittle). The subsequent spring you can out and installed these rails
yourself because I was unsure of the installation procedure. After
watching the installation, I could not believe how easy it was. After one
season in which I fished until December in some very hard seas, the rails
have worked flawlessly.
(Smart Marine Products comment:
The rails mentioned above were prototype rails. The process has
changed to correct for the brittleness. This problem has not reappeared. )
Captain Kevin Bentley
Reelin Sportfishing Charters, LLC
User reports 28' Henriques gains 3 knots with bow to stern M2000
July 14, 2011
Winter Project – Smart
Rail M-3000 "The Fast Rail"
Peter C., RI, July 14, 2011
I have owned my Silverton 362 for just over
3 seasons and overall been happy with the boat, but I never felt like
it performed the way it should. The boat was always very stern heavy
and ‘squatted’ quite a bit at my cruising speed of 3400RPM. While
cruising I always used 100% tab and also added a set of drop fins for
my trim tabs to provide extra lift. The boat fell off plane routinely
in following or heavy seas and overall felt heavy and a bit
underpowered. The boat performed much better when I was under a
lighter load with less than half fuel and half water.
Over the past 3 seasons I consistently got
0.58nmpg for fuel economy (if you can call that economy). This
translated to an approximate 28gph @ 18 knots. I don’t have flow
meters, so the cruising figure is an approximation.
I came across the ‘Smart Rail’ at the Miami
boat show a few years ago. I had many discussions with the company and
decided to give it a shot. I ordered a set of M-3000 rails, which were
delivered promptly in a large heavy cardboard tube. A separate package
containing the adhesive, tools and instructions was delivered at the
Hull preparation was simple, the bottom
paint was removed from a 8 foot section of the chine inward about 2
inches in each direction. I used a sharp razor blade to scrape away
most of the paint and then followed up with a sander and some 80 grit
Installation is recommended on a day where the hull temperature is
at least 70 degrees. This is not easy in a New England spring, cold
weather complicates the installation a bit. I had a sunny 60 degree
day and a large kerosene bullet heater. The hull temperature was over
70 degrees and the PVC rails were just about 70 degrees. The rails are
much more pliable when warm, they are very difficult to handle and
move when cold. The primer was applied, rails set into position and
adhesive was injected into the upper and lower edges. The whole
process took a few hours, would have been faster on a warmer day.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
The first trip away from the dock was with
full fuel, full water and normal cruising gear. I was able to plane at
a much lower RPM with less tab and faster speed. On average, I have
seen a 1-1.5 knot increase in speed at any given RPM and I gained
200RPM on my top end. With full fuel, water and gear I am seeing a 2
knot increase in speed at 3400RPM. With full fuel, water and gear I
would typically experience a 17-17.5 knot cruise, with the Smart Rail
installed that speed is closer to 19.5 knots. With half fuel and
water, my cruise speed was approaching 20.5-21 knots @3400RPM. The
boat runs faster, flatter and turns quicker at cruise.
The biggest benefit so far is the
improvement in fuel economy. My first fill up was for 110 miles (GPS
Trip Odometer) and was for 144 gallons. This translates to about
0.73nmpg versus my previous figure of 0.58nmpg or almost a 25%
improvement in fuel economy. The first 110 miles of the season cost my
$202 less than it would have without the smart rail installed, that’s
almost $2.00 less per mile
Performance Test Results for Fast Rails M-3000
||"JAMS" 1979 42' Bertram FBC
||Capitol HY-22000 2:04:1
||Federal Equipose nibral 3 blade 28"x33"
||38000 fully fueled (weighed at launch)
||6" to 1' waves, wind approx 10kts, weather clear,
temp 85 degrees
|The owner installed the M-3000 Fast-Rail 8' system on
the hull and made several performance tests before and after
installation. The goal was to increase performance without increasing
fuel consumption. Basically this is accomplished because the system
creates lift which reduces water resistance.
The Fast-Rails arrived shortly after ordering packed in a
heavy duty shipping tube. A second box with all installation materials
was received at the same time all in good condition. The installation
was simple with a helper. The system consists of a rubberized plastic
rail with two-sided tape, that bonds to the hull allowing the
installer to fill the edges with a specialized caulking adhesive. The
attached photos recorded the actual installation.
- We removed the all bottom paint where the rail was to be
installed and left 1/4" extra room for installation
- The gelcoat was then sanded to a smooth surface.
- We then washed the area to remove the dust. Next we wiped the
area with acetone a few times followed by alcohol.
- Adhesive primer was applied directly to the gelcoat with cotton
- The rail was positioned by the helper while I removed the
protective film on the wall of the two sided tape and pressed it
into position. The bottom leg was installed in the same fashion. A
small roller tool helped push the tape to the hull for a full
- The caulking adhesive was applied under the top wall edge
between the rail and the hull, the bottom leg edge and the ends of
the rail. The end caulking sealed the rail.
- The rail was taper cut with a sawzall in the front and rear to
- A paint primer called "Bulldog flexible primer" was brushed on
the rail to create a good base for the bottom paint.
- The rail was painted with an ablative bottom paint made by
Pettit called Ultima SR
The installation was surprisingly sturdy upon completion and in
retrospect was quite easy. Technical support was available throughout
|Engine RPM's range 600-2600
||Comments-fully fueled before both tests
||Turning is quicker due to edge of
rail - less roll
||Turning is quicker due to edge of
rail, boat levels out faster with more stern lift. Less roll.
||Turning is quicker due to edge of
rail, boat levels out raster with more stern lift. Trim tabs
provide extra stern lift & increased speed.
||Very stable and stern is visibly
higher out of the water. Trim tab adjustments increase speed.
||Very stable and stern is visibly
higher out of the water. Trim tab adjustments increase speed.
|The boat performs and handles better
at these higher speeds. The amount of white water at the stern of
the boat is increased. There is no slipping in turns due to the
rails and the boat stays more level in a turn.
2000 55' Viking with MAN 2842 @ 1200 HP ea. with ZF trens. @ 2:1. Props are Michigan Nibril 32X46. Installed 12' of M-3000 FASTRAILS
from the Transom forward and 9' of M-1000 Smart rail on the Bow above
the chine. The results: There is no splash up at the Bow when I exit
the break water. I fish 56 miles from my house. Before the installation
the average fuel use was 448 gallons. I know this is true because I
always fill up after a run to my spot. The sea condition were approx.
2-3 max. I always anchor within 20 yards of my spot.
I ran 7 trips so far with the rails installed and my average fuel
use dropped to 382 gallons. I noticed other things as well. I ran
slightly faster at 1950 approx. 1 mph and I ran softer and a straight
wake on auto. The guy at the fuel dock won't believe the reduction. In
15 trips the rails will have paid for themselves. I welcome any calls
to my cell and I will brag about this to anyone who calls.
Huntington Harbour, CA
The concept is simple - less water resistance lets you go faster
with the same horsepower, which is what the Fast-rails accomplish.
Overall the Fast-rail system was an excellent investment. The first
time installation was easy for a boat owner with moderate to good
mechanical skills. The instructions could be improved with step by
step photos showing how simple the installation can be done. To gain
up to 4.2 kts. with NO increase in fuel consumption or engine
modification was excellent. Now that there is more lift and increased
performance I will have my props readjusted with more cupping for
May 18, 2005
In July of 2002, we have installed the Smart Rail spray rails
forward and the lifting rails aft on the M/V FOXSEA, a 53' Hatteras
Sportfish. The spray rails are very effective in reducing the spray in
3-5 foot seas with about a 60% reduction of spray reaching the
flybridge. The M2000 lifting rails have given the FOXSEA a better
position in the water and significantly reduces the plowing resulting
in an increase of 2-3 knots overall speed. The lifting rails also seem
to provide better stability. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)
month, re replaced the M2000 lifting rails with a 12' of the
M3000 lifting rails. Sea trials with no lifting rails resulted in a
cruise speed of 11-12 knots at 1900 rpm and a top speed of 15-16 knots
at 2320 rpm. With the M3000 lifting rails installed, the cruise speed
increased to 15-16 knots at 1900 rpm and a top speed of 19-20 knots at
Trips to Bimini, Bahamas used to take approximately 4 1/2 hours
before any rails were installed on the FOXSEA. On a recent trip the
FOXSEA made the 52 mile crossing in 3 hours and 15 minutes in a 3 foot
The overall ride of the boat seems to be softer and there seems to
be less strain on the Detroit 1271N motors getting the boat out of the
water. We would highly recommend the Smart Rail system for any similar
FOXSEA Charters, Inc.
Capt. Jim Litrides
The results are comparing
the difference between 11/2 in. rails and
3 in. rails--not 3 inch rail to no rails. Remember, the original results years age from nothing to the 1½
rail was very dramatic. the amount of spray over the fly bridge and
running water down the gunnels into the cockpit used to be terrible.
Not anymore! So we were comparing a boat already much improved from
its original design to an even better result now.
Although the speed did not increase
dramatically with the 3 in.
rail, the boat planed at 200-300 rpm lower with the 3 in. rails. I
truly believe that if you had the extra 18-24 in. of rail material
available to put on the boat at the time of installation, (and I say
this because I had a chance to watch the water flow against the full
this past weekend in the area of the aft 'sling' area left without the
3 in. rail - it was very erratic) there would have been an even
more dramatic display of fuel savings at even lower rpm (just look
at the chart difference @ 1500 rpm). Wow - very significant. This
means that at trolling speeds (1300-1500 rpm) there is about a 15%
savings in fuel and a 10% difference in speed. That's because
was planning at a lower rpm. There was virtually no
black smoke at these rpm's compared to terrible smoking without the 3
in. rails at the same rpm's. Think of the Marlin Fisherman trolling
for 6 hours a day at these speeds and choking on the black smoke
Also, the boat was topped-off for the trial with the 1½
in. rails and was virtually the same weight with the 3 in. rails. Do
you know of any boat that really performs well topped-off?
Anyway, thanks. I hope the graphs and the explanations are of help
to you. If there is any more I can do to assist you, I'll try.
Wishing you the very best and a happy, healthy holiday season,
A 53 ' Viking reports reduced planning R.P.M.
by 300 turns and also gained 5 G.P.H. in fuel consumption.
A 2001 Viking 43 reports the same performance
improvement. No smoke = less fuel used and less strain on the motors.
A Hatteres 53' convertible with 1292 N'S gained 5 Knots.
Capt. David Baldwin tell us his results from Shooting Star 46
He reports planning at 500 R.P.M. less with a pair of M-3000 rails at the
A 53 Hat MY reports: planning at 2100 instead of 2500 , a top
speed increase of 2 knots, engines don't seem to strain as much
which equals increased engine life. Also reports reduced wake. At 9
knots wake did not brake.