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      Published on 10-29-2014 08:48 AM

      By Eric Colby



      The 2014 version of Risky Business will race in Key West in the Super Stock class.


      Nicholas Dorcich is going through an accelerated learning curve as the new owner of an offshore racing team. This past summer, he bought a 1992 Skater 28 with enclosed cockpits. He re-powered the boat with a pair of Mercury Racing 200 XS outboards. Now, along with throttleman John Bruno (who throttled for Nicholas’ dad, Stephen in the original Risky Business in the early 1990s), he installed new Livorsi instruments and IMCO steering, made all the cosmetic repairs and updated the boat and trailer.
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      Published on 10-23-2014 08:20 AM

      By Eric Colby



      Last year, Brit Lilly won his first offshore racing world championship with his legendary father, Art throttling the team’s 30’ Extreme in the Offshore Powerboat Association’s Super Vee Lite class.

      This year, the younger Lilly repeated the feat at the Solomons Island Offshore Grand Prix October 4 weekend in Maryland, but with a different throttleman, Ron Umlandt. In doing so, the 28-year-old Lilly, who owns the boat, named LSB Racing, took another step in establishing himself as a future star in the offshore racing world.

      “I didn’t realize how cool it was until I had my own boat,” he said recently. “When I first got the boat, I had big intentions ...
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      Published on 10-10-2014 07:48 AM

      By Eric Colby


      After a crash in Clearwater, the Spirit of Qatar #20 will be ready for the world championships in Key West. Photo courtesy of QMSF.

      At the start of the Super Boat International National Championship race in Clearwater, Fla., on September 28, two boats charged to the lead in the Superboat class, eventual winner Team Stihl and Spirit of Qatar.

      For the first lap, throttleman Billy Moore and driver Ali Al-Neama had their 42’ MTI, Spirit of Qatar, running deck-to-deck with the smaller Skater, Team Stihl. At the start of second lap, the two boats charged hard into the first corner ...
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      Published on 10-02-2014 11:49 AM

      By Eric Colby






      Most offshore boat racers would not be happy after a race that ended prematurely due to a steering failure— while leading — but Steve Miklos isn’t most racers. “We would have loved to have finished, but we were real happy with what we did,” he said after completing nine out of 13 laps in the Superboat Vee class at the Super Boat International national championships in Clearwater, Fla., last Sunday.

      He had sold his 2000 30’ Extreme enclosed cockpit boat that he and Gary DeCiuicies had been racing since it was new earlier this year and ordered a ...
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      Published on 09-19-2014 08:26 AM

      By Eric Colby




      After getting a new deck recently, the 400-T is getting a new bottom that really works.


      After the success of the V2D bottom on its 290-S, Hallett Boats has decided to use the same design on its 400-T. The updated version of the boat is available for order now and the first deliveries are expected around the new year.

      “It’s working so well with the 29,” said Hallett Boats Vice President Jerry Barron. “I can put that 29 into an 80-mph turn and it’s so safe it’s unbelievable.”

      The Irwindale, Calif., manufacturer has once ...
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      Published on 09-11-2014 11:56 AM

      By Eric Colby




      With actor Don Johnson at the wheel, the 46’ Scarab, Gentry Eagle, won the 1988 offshore world championship.


      A few years ago, one of Dan MacNamara’s customers at Team Archer Marine in Costa Mesa, Calif., came to him and said he wanted to restore a classic offshore V-bottom.

      “I loved the old Scarabs and I took him for a ride in a Scarab 38 and it wasn’t enough boat for him,” said MacNamara. “He said, ‘Are there any 46s out there?’”

      There weren’t many. MacNamara posted on some enthusiast websites in search of an original 46’ Scarab built by Scarab president Larry Smith, not Wellcraft Marine. ...
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      Published on 09-04-2014 08:43 AM

      By Eric Colby


      Super Boat International’s Superboat Unlimited class includes some of the fastest boats in the world, such as Miss GEICO, CMS Mechanical and Gasse. Some of these catamarans, powered by twin Mercury Racing 1650-hp engines, can hit speeds approaching 200 mph.

      The boat leading the national points standings in the category, however, is a V-bottom with a pair of Mercury Racing 1075 SCi engines and a top speed in the 120-mph range, the 48’ Silverhook, Lucas Oil.

      “It’s the tortoise and the hare,” said team owner/throttleman Nigel Hook. “You ...
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      Published on 08-29-2014 10:53 AM


      By Eric Colby

      Admit it. When you’re checking out an offshore performance boat, you want to know about the power, the condition of the drives, whether the bottom is stepped, et cetera. Most people pay little attention to the seats or bolsters.

      Until, of course, you’re out running hard in 4’ to 6’ seas and those seats either fall apart or the bases start to pull away from the cockpit sole, leaving you hanging on for dear life. Suddenly those seats become pretty important.

      Roger Holmberg owns a 38’ offshore performance boat built by one of the most-respected manufacturers in the industry. There’s no need to identify ...

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