O'Dea Engines: Races Won and Records Set

Dick O�Dea - November 19, 1961 Norristown Pa, New 250 cc Hydro APBA and UIM kilo record.72.94 MPH.

John Schubert � March 1969 Lakeland, Florida, New World 500cc Hydroplane, 5 mile Competition record of 82.42 MPH. Lakeland, Florida, March 1969 New World Record, 700cc Hydroplane 5 mile competition record of 84.91 MPH. APBA and UIM record. John was also the APBA 500cc National Champion.

Bill Seebold � April 1972 Dayton, Ohio. OPC Nationals Class R winner and New 5 Mile competion record of 67.90 MPH. APBA and UIM world record.

John Woods � October 1965 Alexandria, Louisiana, NOA D runabout National Champion, 5 Mile competition record holder at 66.225 MPH , NOA. John also won the APBA 700cc Hydroplane Nationals, in 1966.

Billy Simmons � February 1975 Ocoee, Florida. New Super C, 5 Mile competition record of 78.43 MPH. APBA and UIM world record.

John Sherlock � April 1983 Moore Haven, Florida. APBA and UIM MOD U World Kilo Record of 135.804 mph, fastest outboard in the USA. The engine started life as a stock 225 hp Mercury. September 1984. A.P.B.A. Champ Boat five-mile competition record of 99.299 mph. Power was a 2 liter Mercury EFI engine.

George Andrews Jr. � October 1983 Welland, Ont. Canadian Boating Federation Unlimited Outboard record of 132.029 mph, fastest outboard in Canada. Originally this motor was a stock Mercury 200 hp. April 1984. APBA and U.I.M. OZ World Kilo record of 157.425 mph, world�s fastest outboard, with the same boat and engine that was used to set the Canadian record.

John Yale - May 6, 1973 Marci NY, World Flying Quarter,700cc Hydro record 110.6 MPH. KT Inboard Flying Quarter record at 111.701 MPH. John was also a two time C-Stock Hydro National Champion and APBA 700cc Hydroplane and also 850cc Hydroplane National Champion.

Domonic and Paul Palombi � July 1984. First Outboard racers to officially run over 100 MPH in APBA�s new Offshore class V in their 30-foot Shadow Cat �What-A-Package.�

Kenny Winters � APBA C-racing runabout National Champion, Sarasota Florida.

Skip Birbarie � Won 25SS Modified Hydro NOA National Championship.
Blake Justice � Set new American Drag Boat Association quarter mile unlimited record of 128.38 MPH.

Lynn Nichols � July 1984. A.P.B.A. MOD VP five-mile competition record of 78.795 mph. two months later, in September 1984, Nichols broke his own recently-set five-mile MOD VP competition mark at Essex, MD, with a speed of 82.990 mph.

Owen Boris � April 1984. New A.P.B.A. Mod VP record of 114.316 mph. He also set the NOA record of 118. 461 mph and World�s NOA unlimited V-Bottom record of 123.347 mph.

Bill Hoctor - 1967 A.P.B. A. National Champion 350cc hydroplane.


Marcy, NY
Bob Wanamakers Flying 1/4 Mile
L to R is Tim Butts, John Yale, Dick O'Dea

Dick O'Dea driving Wally Adams B Konig,  Lakeland FL.



A Laser Boat number 20 with an Everrude V6 engine built by Dick O'Dea.  

Mike Quindazzi - He set a 5 mile Mod VP record on a 1 1/4 mile course at 68.524 mph on May 29,1983 with Boat # 20. He also won the short course nationals and the marathon nationals on Delta Lake in Rome, NY all in the year 1983.

Allen Nimmo

Running an O'Dea setup Johnson V8 at the Embassy Grand Prix, Bristol Docks England appox.1978.

Accidents Happen
Stepping my alky Crescent into the D alky race Lakeland FL.

One of a kind Sid-Craft
14 ft. F outboard hydro.
(About 1959 or 1960)

3 photos of world record hydro.
John Sherlock driving.
Photos by George Andrews Jr.