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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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      Published on 02-06-2015 10:47 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Being a successful offshore powerboat racer takes a certain amount of confidence in your abilities to drive and throttle a boat at high speeds. It takes even more moxie to take a boat designed and built by one of the most respected manufacturers in the game and alter it without having any way of knowing if your modifications will work.

      Chris Schoenbohm has never lacked confidence in his ability to drive his 32’ Doug Wright catamaran that he campaigns in the Superboat Stock class in Super Boat International competition. Since he owns a successful performance-boat ...
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      Published on 01-30-2015 10:12 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Teams from the United States, Turkey, Australia and the Middle East will be competing for the first ever Qatar Cup in a series of offshore races being held the first week of February in Doha, Qatar.

      The Qatar Marine Sports Federation has teamed up with offshore racing’s newest sanctioning body, the Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix, to promote the event taking place from February 3-7 in Doha Qatar. The majority of the boats had already arrived in Doha by the end of January and the teams would start arriving by the end of January to begin prepping their equipment for ...
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      Published on 01-07-2015 02:28 PM

      By Eric Colby




      This finished boat is classic V-drive, equal parts art and machine.


      Dave Connolly is in a good place. After a solid career in the auto-body business in southern California, at the age of 55, he decided to get back into the profession he began in with his father Bob nearly 40 years ago when they started Connolly Boats. ...
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      Published on 01-06-2015 10:05 AM



      This article comes to us courtesy of the staff of Teague Custom Marine Inc.


      The old saying ‘out of sight, out of mind’ seems to be apply in many situations when it comes to fall maintenance or winterizing a boat. You probably hear the warnings, suggestions, and well-intentioned advice about the importance of winter maintenance often and it can go in one ear and out the other.

      But now more than ever, even with the boating season winding down, is a great time to schedule maintenance for your boat. Unfortunately, those who do not realize the true importance of winter maintenance for their boats could be in for a rude awakening when they try to use them the following spring. Here are a few reasons to winterize your boat ...
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      Published on 12-12-2014 01:48 PM

      By Eric Colby

      Not long ago, Danny Gutierrez, owner of West Coast Marine Interiors in Perris, Calif., got a call from the United States Customs Department telling him the agency had a 45’ long shipping container from Hong Kong with his name on it. “I thought it was a scam,” he said. “We were going back and forth and I wasn’t sure if I should sign for it.”

      Then, the transportation company trying to deliver the contents of the container told Gutierrez that it was a 20’ Glastron Carlson boat in need of restoration.

      The owner of the boat had heard of Gutierrez’s abilities while searching the internet and said he wanted Danny to restore his ...
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      Published on 11-21-2014 08:17 AM

      By Eric Colby

      All the credit in the world goes to Miss GEICO for the performance the 44’ Victory catamaran turned in to win the Superboat Unlimited world championship at the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., earlier this month, but it could be argued that in Sunday’s rough-water final race, an under-powered V-bottom stole the show.

      “After the race, quite a few people said, ‘I didn’t think you’d have a day where you could hold your own against the cats,’” said Nigel Hook, owner and throttleman of the 48’ SilverHook, Lucas Oil, that put on quite a rough-water display in Sunday’s wind-blown ...
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      Published on 11-14-2014 07:03 AM

      By Eric Colby



      In Key West’s variety of conditions Broadco ran like a champion. Photo by Pete Boden.

      Ever since Grant Bruggemann shocked the offshore racing world by ending his eight-year relationship with Team Stihl to join Chuck Broadus in the cockpit of the 40’ MTI, Broadco, he took a systematic approach to improving the performance of the boat and then, more importantly, the team.

      “Chuck never applied any pressure to me that we have to win,” said Bruggeman. “I said, ‘Let’s concentrate on our own program and keep testing the boat you have and once we have that, then we work on the team in the boat.’” ...

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