|The HST is a hull that
requires a lot of power to make it work. It takes about 265 HP to
get the hull to really start working. After that, every bit of HP
produces pretty big gains in MPH. Due to its weight, acceleration is
rather poor, but once it reaches speed, it can keep up with or is faster
than most Mod-VP hulls. Usually, the HST will get up on pad at apx.
65 - 70 MPH. Setback will help performance - a minimum of 8" is
needed. Fortunately, the construction of the HST transom area is
extremely strong and will easily handle the added strain of the required
The HST is a great ski boat.
Cornering is outstanding for high speed runs as well as just for turning
to pick up skiers. They will stay on plane at 17 MPH for knee
boarding. The ski pole is usually just a simple one-piece post and
is cut through the rear deck - the deck supports it very well.
The interior is not really cramped, but
it also is not very spacious when compared to other 20' hulls such as the
Vegas. Storage is not very good; mostly just in the sides.
Access to the bilge area is very difficult. For that reason, some do
not even have a bilge pump. Others do but require a little kid to
get back in there to get at it. Some people have cut access hatches
in the top of the deck in order to access these rear areas. Gauge
setup is extremely good. All the gauges on the passenger side face
directly at the driver while the gauges on the driver's side will face you
with the aid of angled bezels.
High speed stability? Extremely
stable. Driving an HST compared to a Vector is like night and
day. The Vector requires an extremely experienced pilot to drive at
high speeds while the HST
can be driven 85+ MPH by almost anybody. Additional performance
modifications can be made by sharpening the step and the tail as much as
possible. Sanding a texture to the center pad can help as
well. Another modification is to attach 3/16" thick plates
angled down slightly under the pods that stick out from the air
tunnels. This will not help top end, but will supposedly help
acceleration and get the boat on pad at 55 MPH instead of the normal 65 to
The HST is a great rough water boat and
can run well on top of 16" to 20" waves. However, caution
is advised with large swells and the errant big wave. Stuffing the
bow and damaging the boat is a very real possibility and so the driver
must slow down and keep the bow up. At low speeds, the HST rides low
in the water and the driver sometimes will need to pick up speed while
keeping the bow up in order not to stuff the front.
Recently (2012), Howard
Pipkorn and Jeff Baker (HydroStream factory employee, designer, driver
back in the day) were both asked: of all the HydroStream models, which was
their favorite? The answer from both: HST.