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    1989 Sutphen Rum Runner

    You don't see these come up often. Fresh water and 26 degrees of deadrise. Old School.

    1989 26' Sutphen Rumrunner
    Mercruiser 454 Magnum (365HP) Bravo One Drive.
    414 hours. Fresh water use only
    2nd owner
    The deepest V on any 26' boat.
    Cockpit cover, trim tabs, bimini top. Trailer. $26,900.
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    978-546-7120

    • Location: Rockport
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    Very cool boat - definitely old school. Stan needs to buy this thing to add to his fleet! Name it "Inferno II."
    "Speed's fine, but accuracy is final."
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    I sure hope somebody here picks this up..
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    Buizilla, I have a very reliable transporter who is back and forth to Florida frequently

    I'm a big fan of Team Warlock's, Ultimate Warlock's and Warlock's as I'm sure folks here are painfully aware of, but this Rum Runner looks mint. I believe it is the ONLY twenty six degree deadrise go fast hull ever made. A very different type of hull from the Warlock's with no step and no pad. Maybe I can find a write-up on it somewhere out there in cyber space.
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    Not sure how much these Sutphens weigh, but it must take a good bit of power to push a straight-v 26deg hull. Bet she's a wave crusher.
    "Speed's fine, but accuracy is final."
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    Agreed. Never measured but I read the Nova Marines were about 25.7 degrees...as you say, definitely takes some juice to push that sort of deadrise.
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    They are a little more efficient than we might think. It will run 63-65 with the 365HP it has, maybe 68mph light on fuel? If you want speed you buy the 2001 Warlock 25 World Class and get 78mph with 425HP and still 25 degrees of deadrise. As much as I like the Warlocks because of how efficient the hulls are, they just don't have the looks of this Sutphen 26. What makes this Rum Runner super rare is the fact it has single power, most of the 26's were twin I/O's or twin Wackers. The bonus comes from the fact that Rich Sutphen Jr is still building boats today in Florida. You could easily call him and he would give you a ton of information on the old Rum Runner 26. His new 21's are running 96mph GPS with a 525. He and his father are probably the oldest performance boat builders still in business and that's measured in decades, not years.

    Fresh water only and the 2nd owner ..........not often seen with a 25 year old boat.
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    What's the beam on the Rumrunner, and what's the beam on the Warlock 25?
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    96" on the Sutphen Rum Runner 26, and 92" on the Warlock 25 World Class. The Sutphen is actually only 25'6" long. The 2001 Warlock rides on top with a modern pad and serpentine step. The Sutphen, well.....look at the bow shear on that bad boy below. Old School. Makes me think of HIGH LIFE ..... RIP.
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    Yup, definitely a cool boat. I still think that it needs to be "Inferno II," and with the extra 575hp BBC that Stan has kicking around it would be a BEAST.

    Sutphen has a great history; you could probably count the number of high performance boat builders that have been around for a similar length of time on one hand.
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    The Rum Runner kind of reminds me of my old 97 911 Turbo. A little rough around the edges compared to the 996's but all business. I should have never sold it.
    I think Dave911 on the board may have had one. Not sure if he still comes around but if he does he will have real world info as a past owner. The price of $26,900 is
    probably a little on the high side for a 1989 but perhaps not if it has a newer interior, two covers, a newer trailer and checks out. Transom shot below of a Rum Runner 26 with twins.
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    If a 26' boat pushing 365hp does 65+....why does my 3400lb 22 with 330 only do maybe 65+ and my 24 Baja weighing 4k with 410hp only do 65+? I think these numbers are false.
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    why is the eggbeater photoshopped out of that pic???????
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    But, you can hardly tell.
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    Ahhh...365hp plus a 200 Merc outboard, #'s make sense now.
    Nick
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