At the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix on April 11-13, Grant Bruggeman is going to have a unique perspective as he heads out for the first event of the Super Boat International offshore powerboat racing season. He’s going to be looking out the cockpit window of his new boat, the 40’ MTI, Broadco, at the Skater 388, Stihl, that he helped throttle to prominence in offshore racing. “It’ll be fun going to the first race, going to the milling circle and looking out at my old boat,” said Bruggeman.
The Broadco team should be a serious contender in the Superboat 750 class in 2014
Chuck Broaddus, owner of the Broadco boat and team, approached Bruggeman
Thaddeus Findley has been going fast on the water for as long as he can remember. He raced with the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association when the organization had fleets of 50 boats at divisional events in the mid-1990s and this year, POPRA is hoping to start a comeback.
“I love racing. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid and I can’t shake it,” said the 41-year Findley who is from Carson, Calif., and owns a triple-outboard-powered Skater 32 catamaran, Ragamuffin and a 24’ Solution V-bottom, Little Muffin, also powered by a single Mercury outboard.
The Ragamuffin team hopes that the Lake Perris event will spark
With its new 540 engine, Mercury Racing is basically doing what many performance boat owners would probably do themselves, upgrading the exhaust. For lack of a better term, the 540 is the Mercury Racing 520, which was introduced last July, with stainless steel headers replacing the stock exhaust manifold.
“The 540 is just a progression of what would a customer want as an upgrade to the 520,” said George Craig, Director of Engineering at Mercury Racing. “It’s the exhaust and the calibration that works with the extra tuning. That’s what gets you from
The week following the Los Angeles Boat Show, which took place February 6-9, manufacturers who exhibited at the four-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center were upbeat about the start of the year.
“It was a good crowd,” said Bob Sepulveda, Sales Director at Advantage Boats. “We made some sales and have a lot of leads. Now I just have to chase them down.”
Advantage president Debbie Christensen was also at the show on the weekend and the Lake Havasu City, Ariz.-based manufacturer of custom and semi-custom boats saw some brisk action.
On the heels of the announcement that Outerlimits Powerboats of Bristol, R.I., is going to attempt to break the V-bottom speed record, the driver who holds the current record of just over 171 mph, Ben Robertson, and Reggie Fountain III are preparing two boats to defend the 10-year-old mark if the need arises.
While Outerlimits is using a well-financed team approach powered by Mercury Racing 1350s to dial in Joe Sgro’s SV43 raceboat that will make the record attempt with Mercury Racing 1650s, Robertson and Fountain III are borrowing boats in the event that they need to defend their mark. Billy
SCOPE (Southern California Offshore Powerboat Elite) is excited to bring the season kickoff party back to the Huntington Beach area at the Baca Marine and Pfaff Engines facility!
Download and submit your 2014 membership application from the website, or you can just come on down, check out the party and join on the spot! This is the year to expand your boating experiences by joining the fun loving boat club called SCOPE. Head over to the kickoff party for information packets on the year’s
The good thing about being a long time customer of one of the best-known performance-boat engine manufacturers in existence is that when you want to re-power your boat, you know who’s going to do the work.
Scott Struthers is not only a long time customer of Baca Marine and Pfaff Engines in Huntington Beach, Calif., he also owns a 47’ Outerlimits stepped V-bottom offshore performance boat that needs some new motors. So when it came time to re-power his 47' Outerlimits there was no question who would do the work, Gordon Jennings Jr., the chief engine builder at Pfaff and Joe
PerformanceBoats.com is happy to welcome back Eric Colby as our feature writer and contributor to our community.
Eric has been a marine journalist since 1986 and has evaluated boats from nearly every builder in the industry. A former offshore racer and graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, Eric was Editor in Chief at Powerboat magazine for 7 years as well as a former Senior Technical Editor for Boating magazine from 1999 to 2009.
With nearly 30 years in the industry, we look forward to having