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      Published on 09-30-2015 02:04 PM

      By Eric Colby

      At the Clearwater Bright House Super Boat National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., on September 26th weekend, Steve Miklos didn’t want to talk about the points lead that he and teammate Jason McGonnell had in the Superboat Vee class.

      After he unveiled his 30’ Extreme single-engine raceboat, Sun Print, in 2014, much fanfare was made about the onboard Bluetooth enabled systems, the air conditioning and the shock-absorbing seats.

      Since then, Miklos, who hails from New Port Richey, Fla., and is a bit of a high-tech DIY junkie, has made more safety advances on the boat. He determined that there was a weak link in the seats. “With a suspension seat, the belts are ...
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      Published on 09-23-2015 09:45 AM

      By Eric Colby

      The Super Boat International 2015 season will wrap up with the Bright House Clearwater Super Boat National Championship & Seafood Festival the weekend of September 26 and 27 in Clearwater, Fla.

      For many classes, the final race of the year will decide the national champion and the largest, fastest categories will be well represented. There are seven boats entered in the Superboat Unlimited class including Bob Bull’s two MTI catamarans under the CMS Racing banner. Bull’s #3 CMS entry, which is driven by Jeff Harris and throttled by John Tomlinson, has ...
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      Published on 09-17-2015 08:33 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Longtime offshore powerboat racer Don Onken watched his vision come to fruition at the 2015 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout when his 51’ Mystic catamaran ran 208 mph on August 29 to claim the fastest speed at the annual event. The boat was powered by Onken’s twin V-16 engines that burned ethanol fuel.

      “We knew we needed a big boat and we knew we needed a lot of horsepower and that’s why went with the V-16s,” said Onken. In the boat’s engine compartment there are actually four supercharged 582-cid V-8s making about 1,950 horsepower. The two starboard engines ...
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      Published on 08-25-2015 09:02 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Every day Jo Nunez would walk into the Pantera Boats facility in south Florida and shout out, “Dad I’m here.”

      “He was always late, but you knew when he arrived,” laughed his father Pepe Nunez recently. Sadly, Pepe Nunez won’t hear that greeting again. His son Jo passed away in his parents’s arms at the age of 44, the result of complications from Stage IV Thymus cancer.

      An openly honest man, the elder Nunez said, “I can’t see myself building boats without him.”

      But he also knows that the best way to honor his son’s memory is to keep building Pantera offshore powerboats, especially ...
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      Published on 08-04-2015 08:21 AM

      By Eric Colby

      DCB Performance boats recently delivered its most detailed M35 wide-body catamaran to date to owner JP O’Donoghue. With this boat the manufacturer, known for its custom work, has raised the bar.

      In a feature on the boat in the most recent issue of the Speed On The Water digital magazine, O’Donoghue said, “Dave Hemmingson and the guys at DCB absolutely met our expectations.”

      Powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1350s with M8 drives, Lickety Split has hit 165 mph with power to spare. Photo by Robert Brown.

      The boat was ...
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      Published on 07-27-2015 12:16 PM

      By Eric Colby

      Buy a Mercury stern drive like this 350 MAG MPI in the next 12 months and you’ll get a five-year warranty.

      For the model year 2016, Mercury Marine’s Power of Protection event will provide a comprehensive Five Year Engine Package Limited Warranty for boats powered by Mercury gas stern drive and inboard engines.

      “Boaters value long-term protection on their boats like they do on all major investments,” said Randy Caruana, Mercury Marine vice president for sales, North & Central America and Asia Pacific. “Our new Five Year Engine Package Limited Warranty lets boaters head out with greater confidence, knowing they have Mercury engine protection for years to come.”

      The warranty provides new boat buyers with broad, long-term coverage against potentially costly repairs. It covers the engine, cooling system, transmission, drive, fuel system, steering, electrical, power trim and control components for the entire warranty period. ...
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      Published on 07-23-2015 12:16 PM

      By Eric Colby

      Would you like to have an automated system trim your boat? Mercury’s Active Trim says it can do just that.

      Mercury has introduced an automatic trimming system for boats. The Active Trim System is designed for entry-level and experienced boaters alike, according to the company. New boaters will be able to trim their boat’s motors and/or drives without a learning curve and seasoned operators won’t need to monitor their boat’s trim settings as frequently.
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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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