More work being done on the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto in the Madison shop
MADISON, Ind - The homecoming wasn't quite what everybody expected. There was no ticker tape parade and no bright green and white boat coming down main street. Still, the new U-6 hull is back in its home port of Madison.
If you looked at it, you might not even recognize what it is. It's about 50% finished and there's a lot of work to do. It's unpainted, has lots of cut-outs and holes where parts go, and there's a lot of work to be done.
The boat's different from what the team has had to work with in the past. It looks more like the FormulaBoats.com hydroplanes, the old Budweiser T-5 and T-6 hulls. More aerodynamic with an oval cockpit the sits lower on the sponsons. The front of the sponsons will be a little more modeled and angled.
The crew is hoping to get the boat in the water for testing before Evansville, but it's going to tough going. If not, drive Steve David says he has supreme confidence in the crew and they'll have a day and a half at Evansville to dial things in.
Kirk Duncan stopped by the U-6 shop in Madison and took these pictures.