Friday, June 19, 2009

THE GARAGE: 26 Corsa Project Goes from Racer to Poker Runner

We just love showing you some of the cool restoration and mod projects we come across, and one of our recent favorites was this 26' Corsa that Offshoreonly member Mike A. posted. This particular Corsa has a lot of history, including several World and National Championships in A Class and Factory 1, and has been noted as being one of the best A-class / F1 boats ever.

PHOTO CREDITS: Offshoreonly member Mike A.

Mike bought the boat a few year back in New Hampshire; at the time it was named "Radioactive." After a lot of hard work and some imagination, it's been carefully restored from a proven race boat to a sharp, comfortable cruiser that would be perfect for weekend poker runs. The size makes it a relatively easy haul, and the proven HP500 / 502ci (approx. 485 HP) is fully capable of pushing it up to 80mph, which is fast enough to keep up with most of the pack.

It would definitely be nice to show up at a weekend run with a boat like this - a real race boat with a champion's racing record. Best part is, you could do it! Mike has the boat for sale - he's looking to buy a cat...and let's hope he does another project at some point. Great job, Mike.

The original thread on OSO is HERE. Join for free if you want to contact Mike about this boat.

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