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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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      Published on 08-25-2014 07:58 AM

      By Eric Colby

      As reported by

      Our best wishes to Mike Fiore and Joel Begin for a speedy recovery. received the following official release from Fiore and Whipple Families:

      "We would like to take this opportunity to thank all for the concern and overwhelming support. While there have been many false and inaccurate reports, we would like to let everyone know that Joel Begin has been released from the hospital and that Mike Fiore is stable and responsive.
      We will release any new information when it's available.
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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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