Howard Arneson has passed away at the age of 99.
His now world famous Arneson surface drives were first developed in offshore racing from 1980.
The system allows the propeller to run partially above the the water line which in turn creates less drag.
After first testing the drives on an 18′ Arena Craft, Arneson purchased a 38′ wooden Cougar Cat to prove their worth.
‘Arneson’, driven by Tony Garcia, won nine races and two World Championships.
Arneson held 18 patents for his various inventions, his most commercially successful was the Arneson Pool Sweep.
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer promoted the product in the 1970’s with the strap line, ‘My Arneson Pool Sweep cleans my pool better than I ever did’.
Arneson was born May 25 1921 in Benicia, California, he died June 16 2020 in San Rafael, California.
Howard Arneson died of natural causes.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.