Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

We're racing through history!

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


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

Phone: (206) 764-9453
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Open: 10am - 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Open till 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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




Blog Posts

Battle of the engines: Piston vs. Turbine

Posted by Hydroplane Museum on December 3, 2016 at 6:40pm 0 Comments


Today, there is only one piston-powered unlimited hydroplane — Ed Cooper's U-3. It uses a turbocharged Allison engine developed for World War II fighter planes. The U-3 team builds most of its own engines, but it is estimated an engine like the one in the U-3 would cost $70,000-$80,000 to buy new. Allison engines run on methanol fuel and burn much more than a turbine. The U-3 burns 18 gallons of methanol a minute while the turbine burns 4.3 gallons of kerosene…


We have a lot to be thankful for at the Museum

Posted by David D. Williams on November 22, 2016 at 6:38pm 0 Comments

Its Thanksgiving at the Museum. Great Food, wonderful friends, fantastic volunteers. . .

and a few amazing boats too!…


Pak gets visit from the "Chief"

Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame member and former Pay 'N Pak Crew Chief Jim Lucero, along with current owner and former Museum President Ken Muscatel dropped by to see the progress made on the restoration of the Winged Wonder. The Pak was moved out of the boat shop and into the main Museum hall, where the restoration will be finished.

Squire Shop Restoration Begins

Restoration has begun on the 1979 Squire Shop unlimited hydroplane. Designed by Dave Knowlen and built by Norm Berg, this was the boat that legendary driver Chip Hanauer used to scored his very first Unlimited victory.

You can follow the progress of the restoration by frequenting the 1979 Squire Shop group, on this site, and by visiting the 1979 "The Squire Shop" Unlimited Hydroplane restoration blog.

What We Do

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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MOTORS vs ENGINES? Earlier today I posted that we had placed a "motor" in the Pay N' Pak for the first time in 40 years. I thought it was a very significant event. Surprisingly in less than 45 minutes four posters had called me…

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