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      Published on 08-13-2014 10:54 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Early this week, during a trip to Southwestern Michigan, I had to stop in to see my friend Peter Hledin, the president at Douglas Marine in Douglas, Mich., where they build the famed Skater catamarans and are working on a new V-bottom as well.

      Now here’s something you won’t see at many other manufacturers — when I walked in, I was directed to the back of the factory where Hledin, the president of the company, was applying fiberglass to a new rear seat mold. There isn’t anything that Hledin hasn’t done at the company and ...
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      Published on 08-05-2014 07:51 AM

      By Eric Colby

      John Cost has been involved in powerboat racing since 1971 and he’s showing no signs of slowing down as he puts the finishing touches on a new Spirit of America dragboat that he hopes will make its debut before the end of the 2014 season.

      His previous driver, Brad Parrack, crashed the team’s old boat in 2013. The enclosed cockpit did its job and Parrack survived the wreck, but decided he no longer wanted to pilot the 3,000-hp jet-propelled boat. Cost found a replacement hull, a Rogers Dragstar, and got to work preparing the boat for competition — all while battling ...
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      Published on 07-31-2014 07:27 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Nate Brown is a smart guy for one simple reason. He knows that when it comes to powerboat racing, whether you’re running a knee-down hydroplane with an outboard motor or a 3,000-hp Unlimited Class hydro, there’s only one thing you’re out there racing for.

      And that’s fun.

      “I got into the sport to have fun and I want to leave the sport having fun,” said the owner of the U-17 Unlimited hydroplane that will compete in its last race this weekend at the Seattle Seafair on Lake Washington.

      The team, including driver Jeff Bernard, will fly the colors of ...
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      Published on 07-24-2014 07:46 AM

      Vector Powerboats of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada has unveiled the latest version of its V-40 Race boat, custom built for Vector Martini Racing.

      The high tech custom build will showcase the iconic Martini racing stripes after an almost 20 year absence from the powerboat racing scene. Martini also recently returned to the Formula 1 racing series as the title sponsor of the Williams Martini Racing F1 team.

      This special edition of the V-40 Race was entirely built by the Vector team in Kelowna and was recently showcased ...
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      Published on 07-17-2014 07:52 AM

      by Eric Colby

      The current driver for the DoublEdge Motorsports team, Nicholas Dorcich, has purchased his own boat in the hopes that he can carry on the family tradition started by his father Stephen Dorcich in the 1990s.

      The elder Dorcich started with a Skater 32 powered by triple Mercury 2.5 EFI Offshore outboards in the Pro Stock class. The boat was named Risky Business and with throttleman John Bruno, Dorcich worked his way up the offshore racing ranks until he was campaigning a Skater 40 adorned in the famous pink and white graphics of its sponsor Circus Circus hotel and casino in Las Vegas on the Offshore ...
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      Published on 07-08-2014 11:04 AM

      By Eric Colby

      With all of the seat and boat swapping going on in the Stock class this season, there’s been one constant in the category at the start of 2014. Rob Nunziato and Dan Laurence have been fast in their 32’ Doug Wright catamaran, The Hulk, winning every time they’ve competed in a race.

      They started the season with a victory at Port Charlotte, Fla., on April 13. A Cocoa Beach in May, they choose to pull off after the start, preferring not to beat up their boat in the rough conditions. Then, they put on a dominant display at the 30th annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix on July 6th, leading from the start and holding ...
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      Published on 07-03-2014 09:24 AM

      By Eric Colby

      John Tomlinson participated for the first time in 1986 at the offshore powerboat race in Sarasota, Fla., as a navigator for owner/driver Lorne Leibel and throttleman Bob Latham, owner of Latham Marine. Since then, Tomlinson has won more races than most competitors have entered. Many of those victories have come at the annual July 4th event on the Sunshine State’s West Coast, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix festival, which is sanctioned by Super Boat International.

      The unfortunate news is that in 2014, Tomlinson will not be competing at Sarasota because Tor Staubo owner of the ...
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      Published on 06-27-2014 11:25 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Stephen Kildahl is 23 years old and he’s spent every July 4th weekend at the same place — the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota, Fla. His father, Steve Kildahl, started his offshore racing career 30 years ago at the race in his family’s hometown and when Stephen was born, the family brought him along to the races.

      This year will mark the eighth season that the Kildahls have teamed up to race in their hometown, with Stephen driving and 56-year Steve throttling. Maybe it’s a hometown advantage or maybe it’s Dad’s 30 years experience running the course in the Gulf of Mexico, but the two have won their class in the hometown race every year since they paired up.


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