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U-787 Boeing Unlimited Hydroplane could run if needed

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SEATTLE, Wash. - The U-787 Beoing Dreamliner was officially registered with the ABRA.  It could race in Seafair if needed. 

The boat's the back-up hull for the U-16 Ellstrom's Elam team and last ran in Detroit in 2006 with Nate Brown filling in for Dave Villwock afetr Villwock and the #1 hull got banged up in Valleyfield, Quebec.

Jimmy King got to take it our for a few laps Friday on Lake Washington.  He ran the exhibition laps that would have qualified the boat to race.  Top speed of 134.434.

Finding a driver isn't the easiest fit.  The cockpit's small.  King said he got picked because of his size. 

"Yep, I fit," King told ABRAHydroplanes.com.  "The boat ran pretty well but it isn't too fast, but we did exactly what they (Boeing) wanted."