Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

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The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing.

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Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum
5917 South 196th Street
Kent, WA 98032

Phone: (206) 764-9453
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Hours

Open: 10am - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Open till 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Admission
General Admission:  $10
Seniors (60+) & Students under 16:  $5
Members & Children under 6:  Free

Groups

 

Ron Jones, Sr. 1932 - 2017

It is with great sadness that we have to share the news that Hall of Fame boat builder and designer Ron Jones Sr. passed away today, January 19, 2017. Please keep Ron and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Plans for a memorial will be announced soon.

Ron Jones, Sr. Hall of Fame 2004

Unlimited hydroplane racing owes a lot to Ron Jones, the Seattle area boat builder, who has revolutionized the sport so dramatically over the years.

If anyone has any doubts about the contribution of Ron Jones, to big-time boat racing, the outward appearance of the hydroplanes themselves should suffice. The boats of yesteryear were, for the most part, rather narrow, quite box-shaped, and less streamlined. They had forward engines and rear cockpits and rode awfully rough through the turns. Today, thanks to Ron, the boats are generally wider, flatter, have forward-mounted (or cabover) cockpits, and corner a whole lot better.

The following video was presented at Ron's induction into the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame in 2004.

Blog Posts

A Ron Jones Introduction - A Century of Gold Cup Racing

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

The recently published book, A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, is dedicated to two extraordinary men: Ted Jones and his son Ron Jones, Sr., whose trend-setting designs defined state-of-the-art in Gold Cup racing in the second half of the 20th Century.

Ron was asked to write the introduction to A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING. It contains a moving tribute to his late father. Due to space limitations, Ron's preface had to be shortened for…

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The Master Speaks - An Interview with Ron Jones Sr.

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

By Anne McRayde. Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Vol 1, No. 1

How did you first begin building boats?

You could say I was born with it. My father was Ted Jones, who invented the three-point hydroplane, as we know it today. As a little boy, I was able to go with Dad, and my three sisters, and Mom to the lake and watch Dad test. When he was out testing my three sisters, who are marvelous people, screamed and hollered. I stood there very stoically…

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The Man Who Builds The Thunderboats

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

By Bill Ames. Reprinted from Science & Mechanics, August, 1974.

The Unlimited Division of the American Power Boat Association is the smallest active racing class of that group. This elite coterie fields less than two dozen boats each year, to compete in about ten races. Yes these few…

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The Saga of Ron Jones

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 6:55pm 0 Comments

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

Unlimited hydroplane racing owes a lot to Ron Jones, the Seattle area boat builder, who has revolutionized the sport so dramatically over the years.

If anyone has any doubts about the contribution of Ron Jones, Sr., to big-time boat racing, the outward appearance of the hydroplanes themselves should suffice. The boats of yesteryear were, for the most part, rather narrow, quite box-shaped, and less streamlined. They had…

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The Video Vault - Where History Comes Alive

The Video Vault is a private Group, on our web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades. Here is how you can join!

 
 
 

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