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      Published on 06-30-2015 08:50 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Outerlimits is sending a 2007 SV40 raceboat to the Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix’s first event, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix festival, to compete in the Super Vee class on the weekend of July 4-5 in Sarasota, Fla.

      The 40’5” long boat was the first model in the Rhode Island-based manufacturer’s lineup to utilize the five-step bottom that was developed on a sister model to race in the P1 class in Europe. That boat is still competing overseas. The boat headed to Florida was “completely gutted and re-rigged,” said Outerlimits general manager Dan Kleitz.


      The Outerlimits SV40 at the ramp getting ready for its first test before heading south to Sarasota.


      Longtime Outerlimits customer Joe Sgro and powerboat racing legend Steve Curtis will run the boat with Sgro driving and Curtis throttling. Curtis is also part of the OPGP and has been instrumental in coordinating the Sarasota event. Sgro was a close friend of Mike Fiore, the founder of Outerlimits, who passed away after a crash in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, last August and has been working closely with Outerlimits’ Kleitz and with Paul Fiore, Mike’s dad, to keep the company moving forward. ...
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      Published on 06-10-2015 07:15 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Nick Dorcich loves offshore racing. His father Stephen Dorcich raced during one of the sport’s most popular eras with the Offshore Professional Tour in the 1990s and the younger Dorcich wanted to continue the family’s participation in the sport.

      Nick Dorcich raced with a couple of teams in the Stock class over the past few seasons and before last year’s Super Boat International world championships in Key West, Fla., he bought a canopied 1992 Skater 28’ catamaran and named the boat Risky Business, just like his dad’s first boat. He even teamed up with his father’s former throttleman John Bruno and had the 2014 version of the Risky ...
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      Published on 05-29-2015 11:39 AM

      By Eric Colby

      As reported by our friends at Speedonthewater.com before the Space Coast Grand Prix in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on the May 16th weekend, the Lucas Oil team had a lot of work done on its Silverhook boat to improve performance and handling. The majority of the work was done at Team Archer Marine in Costa Mesa, Calif., with Dan MacNamara overseeing the changes.

      Most of the updates were focused on lowering the center of gravity of the already sleek-looking V-bottom. One of the key components that was needed to lower the center of gravity was a pair of custom crash boxes made by Weismann Marine, which is also based in Southern ...
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      Published on 05-13-2015 09:56 AM

      By Eric Colby

      A few weeks ago, I went down to Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., for a test on the new SL41 for Boating magazine. When I walked through the door, it was weird to not see my friend of 20 years, Mike Fiore, the founder of the company, who passed away last summer from post-surgical complications after crashing at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.

      His father Paul Fiore, whom I’ve known for decades, greeted me and showed me through the new facility, which is about 100,000 square feet and has a larger autoclave, ...
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      Published on 04-15-2015 08:31 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Early last week, Mercury Racing decided to stop producing the NXT drive that was originally introduced with the HP700 SCi and the 662 SCi engines in 2006. It was described as a drive that took advantage of the best attributes of the Bravo One XR and the Dry Sump Six in a more affordable package.

      “No one has been buying the NXT lower so we’re going to change it out and use the Dry Sump Six drive,” explained Mercury Racing president Erik Christiansen.

      For those owners of boats with the NXT, Christiansen reassured that Mercury Racing ...
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      Published on 04-07-2015 09:37 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Early this year, I heard some news that left me with a heavy heart and will no doubt have the same effect on other fans of outboard-powered performance boats. John’s Custom Boats, in Stanton, Calif., manufacturer of Stoker powerboats, had closed its doors.

      “At this point, it’s an adjustment not going into work every week,” said Alan Stoker, who at age 57 has moved from the West Coast to central Florida to be closer to his fiancé’s mother. He had originally planed to buy a house on a lake, but instead wound up moving to The Villages, a retirement community.

      “They’ve got 42 golf courses that you can play for free,” explained Stoker. “I used to golf but I quit ...
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      Published on 04-01-2015 09:38 AM

      By Eric Colby

      When I first started covering Unlimited hydroplane racing in the late 1980s, my favorite boat was the Oh Boy! Oberto, owned by Jim Harvey and driven by George Woods Jr. I liked this boat because it was loud. It was powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin World War II-vintage piston aircraft engine.

      At that time there were a couple of other boats still running V-12 Allison piston engines, Miss Madison and Ed Cooper’s U-3. The rest were all turbines.

      Since that time, turbines have all but ruled the Unlimited ranks (Cooper’s boat makes some appearances, but hasn’t raced a full season in a while) ...
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      Published on 03-03-2015 10:43 AM

      By Eric Colby

      As reported recently by Speedonthewater.com, Douglas Marine is preparing Hull No. 1 of its new Skater 318 catamaran. The boat will be powered by twin Mercury Racing 400-hp Verado 400 R supercharged outboards on 12” setbacks. The motors were unveiled by the engine manufacturer at the Miami Boat Show in February.


      The new Skater 318 will be powered by Mercury Racing’s new Verado 400 R outboards, but the boat can also be built with stern drives or surfaces.

      The new model measures 31’ long with a 10’1” beam and the tunnel is 63” wide. It will have ...

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