|The Voo-doo is an extremely
fun and enjoyable boat to drive, but there are several things a
prospective owner should be aware of. First, it is not difficult nor
all that uncommon to blow over in one! Usually when a boat blows
over, you think of speeds around 80 - 100 MPH and above depending on hull
type and conditions. Because of the Voo-doo's light weight, blowover
is a very real possibility even at 60 MPH. The major cause is
over-trimming. Though the
boat can be trimmed with the bow up in the air like a typical Stream, this
is a hull that should run flatter with very little trim. Blowover is
not straight up and over, but rather the bow will go up and off to the
side while the weight of the motor carries the back end around to the
front. The result is usually hull damage.
A propshaft height 1-1/2" below the
pad is best for overall use. The hull is faster at higher
heights but at the expense of planing, safety, etc.
A number of people have drag raced the
Voo-doo in Canada. In the early days of the Voo-doo, the transom
needed to be cut down in order to be rigged with a shortshaft motor (e.g.
a 650xs - a popular choice). Eventually, the factory offered the
option of supplying the hull with the shorter transom to the buyer.
If a Voo-doo has the standard transom, then you rig with a longshaft
The prop of choice is usually a cleaver,
again to reduce bow lift. However, many owners run a chopper with
good success so it is best to try them both if you can.
Cornering the Voo-doo at high speeds is
dangerous and not recommended. The boat will lose its grip and spin
Interior seating of the Voo-doo is
basically a two seater though an optional seat was available for use
behind the front seat. Without this seat, room behind the front seat
is ample with a lot of space for storage as well as easy access to the
bilge area and accessories. Some owners fabricate a cover for this
area in order to reduce the "wind catching" at high speeds.
rule of thumb with a Voo-doo is 50 MPH with a 50 HP motor.
The Mini Voo-doo is similar to the
Voo-doo but obviously lacks the area just behind the front seat.
Some say it does not handle as well as its big brother. However, one
person I spoke to who has drag raced both models felt the Mini handled
well. His current ride: a Mini specially built for him at a
super-light hull weight of 138 Lbs. 60 MPH with a 40 HP motor!