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Billy Schumacher: Paint job "reminds me a lot of the '68 Bardahl I drove"

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - If you were driving down the street and saw the bright yellow truck pass you by... towing a huge hydroplane... that was just the U-37 team on their way to spring training in the Tri-Cities.

The boat's sporting a new black and yellow paint job this season.  "It reminds me a lot of the '68 Bardahl I drove," said owner Billy Schumacher, who is in town for the test runs on the Columbia River.

There was a lot of work done on the U-37 in the off-season and the team's anxious to get it in the water and put it to the test.  Jean Theoret and the crew had a slow start last year, but a strong finish.  "We want to start off where we ended," said Schumacher.  "Or better."

"A little engine work, new rudder, rebuilt the thing," he said.  "It's about a hundred pounds lighter and should be faster."

As the boat arrived at the Water Follies office, the U-37 crew was out on the street flagging them down and guiding them in, which cause a little confusion for a Kennewick police officer driving the opposite direction.  He didn't see the hydroplane coming and thought someone was trying to flag him down.  Someone yelled, "the hydro is here" and the officer smiled and waved and drove off.