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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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      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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