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      Published on 11-19-2015 08:37 AM

      By Eric Colby

      For the second time in three years, throttleman Jay Muller won two titles in different classes at the 35th Annual Key West Superboat World Championships last week.

      The 44-year-old throttleman from Lake Hopatcong, N.J., won offshore powerboat racing championships in the Superboat class in the 40’ Skater, WHM Motorsports, with owner/driver Billy Mauff and in the Superboat Stock class in the 32’ Doug Wright, Talbot Excavating, with owner/driver Kyler Talbot. He accomplished the same feat with the same teams in 2013, only in different boats.

      “I had the points figured out. I only needed a second place in Stock and in Superboat to win,” he said. “There was no ...
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      Published on 11-10-2015 08:57 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Forty of the best teams in offshore powerboat racing have descended upon Key West, Fla. for the 35th annual Superboat International Key West World Championships, which are being presented by GEICO insurance.

      The boats compete in a three-race format. The first race is Wednesday, November 11, followed by another one on Friday and the finale on Sunday. World champions are awarded to the teams that accumulate the most points for the three days. What makes things interesting is that the points are doubled on Sunday so the title will more than likely come down to the last day in many classes.

      A total ...
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      Published on 11-06-2015 09:36 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Two of the most decorated offshore powerboat racers from the United States, Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson, won the UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship today after finishing second in the final race of the season, the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.

      Racing an MTI catamaran, which is also built in the United States, Tomlinson and Ballough overcame a heart-stopping moment on lap 3 when they were forced to shut down an engine, before restarting and going on to finish second, but that was good enough for them to claim the overall win for the multi-race championship.

      The Victory Team’s Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi ended the season with their first win ...
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      Published on 11-02-2015 10:34 AM

      By Eric Colby

      More than 60 boats and 300 people from the United States and Canada helped Dave Hemmingson and his company celebrate 25 years at the annual Dave’s Custom Boats Regatta on Lake Havasu in October.

      When I was the Editor at Powerboat magazine, I first met Hemmingson, an enthusiastic kid with a meticulous bent for details. He started out custom rigging Eliminator boats for customers and grew his business from there. Today, DCB Performance Boats is one of only two companies not turning to center consoles to continue to thrive in the go-fast boat world.

      Two Dave’s Custom Boats catamarans cruise on
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      Published on 10-29-2015 09:24 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Longtime jetboat performance specialist Place Diverter has introduced its latest accessory, the 316L stainless-steel Inducer Impeller. The Inducer Impeller’s non-shrouded design flows as much 25 percent more water to the main impeller. This pre-loads the impeller with water to reduce voids and aerated pockets of air, allowing your boat’s jet drive to harness all your boat’s engine can deliver.

      Southern California-based Place Diverter said the impellers are known best for turning ordinary boats into extraordinary boats by improving ...
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      Published on 10-15-2015 11:07 AM

      By Eric Colby

      After having numerous customers ask him to do so, Jay Pilini, president of Pilini Marine Technologies, is in the process of building a new 34’ catamaran that has been designed to run with Mercury Racing’s new R400 outboard.

      “I don’t think anybody has really designed a boat for that power,” said Pilini.

      As of early October, the tunnel and sides were finished and Pilini was finishing the running surfaces. The boat has a 4’11”-wide tunnel because Pilini said it would need it to take advantage of the new motor’s power and to carry its weight. The beam is right at 10’
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      Published on 09-30-2015 03:04 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 10:45 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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