Introducing the Junior Drag Boat Racing League. The JRDBRL's primary mission is to establish, develop and support Jr. Drag Boat racing.
JRDBRL racing holds safety first and foremost, but teaching responsibility should never go out of style.
Three classes of drag racing on a one-eighth mile course, with top speeds of up to 50 MPH.
So the saga continues....After throwing everything we had at getting these little boats ready to run Chandler (and be safe), we have come up short. While we have made huge strides in getting the setup where we want it to be, it's still just not right. While performance is a high priority, safety is our number one concern.
We've added an additional 10 degrees of wedge, but we still don't have enough negative trim to get the boats to roll over quickly enough. The next step is to fabricate a pair of custom standoff boxes with 15 to 18 degrees of wedge. Not only will this give us more negative trim, but moving the motors back will move our CG forward AND put the prop in cleaner water. We had hoped to get these built in time to make the show at Wild Horse, but we simply ran out of time. It's not easy being a one-man band!
The key thing here is we are not giving up! The learning curve on these little race boats is steep, but we'll get there. I've never been one to do something halfway, so when we get it right, the boats will be back on the water running strong. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
Plans were set to debut the Junior Drag Boat Racing League at the LODBRS season opener in Parker, AZ, and unfortunately we fell short of that goal. After months of preparation, we were held up by motor availability. We received the latest MFS30C models about 2 1/2 weeks before Parker. Plenty of time, or so we thought.
In spite of my real work obligations, we managed to get both boats rigged and test fired with no room to spare and no time to test. The setup we used was based off of our pleasure boat builds, and boy did we miss the mark. Initial testing showed the boats needed more standoff and additional negative trim. Our center of gravity was vastly different than a pleasure boat version, so back to the shop we went...
The weather has not been terribly cooperative in Lake Havasu. Wind has been blowing pretty hard, making for very poor testing conditions. After adding 10 degrees of negative trim and raising the prop shaft height, we seem to have a better launch with the boat. Unfortunately, wind and water conditions are not allowing for full 660' runs and a true evaluation of boat performance.
After throwing everything we had at the little yellow boat, we still not happy with it and not even sure it truly is working well. Forced back to the real world and my regular day job, we're waiting on more parts to try and get the green boat ready. Transom wedges can be hard to get ahold of....
So now it's hurry up and wait, hope the parts show up in time and see if we can put it all together in time to make Phoenix next weekend. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but we also don't want to put boats in the water that aren't 100%. Regardless of what happens over the next few days, we will get these boats dialed in and we will be racing them. Something this good is worth doing right!
Draft JRDBRL rules have been published and are available for review. We are seeking any and all comments, suggestions and constructive criticism to help solidify the rule book for the 2016 racing season.
Please keep in mind that our primary goal is to insure the safety of our Junior Drag Boat racers and allow for the acceptance and growth of the program. Additionally, we want to keep this program simple and affordable as possible. Keeping moms and dads happy will help us get more kids into boats, and that means the growth of Junior Drag Boat Racing.