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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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      Published on 07-17-2014 07:52 AM

      by Eric Colby

      The current driver for the DoublEdge Motorsports team, Nicholas Dorcich, has purchased his own boat in the hopes that he can carry on the family tradition started by his father Stephen Dorcich in the 1990s.

      The elder Dorcich started with a Skater 32 powered by triple Mercury 2.5 EFI Offshore outboards in the Pro Stock class. The boat was named Risky Business and with throttleman John Bruno, Dorcich worked his way up the offshore racing ranks until he was campaigning a Skater 40 adorned in the famous pink and white graphics of its sponsor Circus Circus hotel and casino in Las Vegas on the Offshore ...
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      Published on 07-08-2014 11:04 AM

      By Eric Colby

      With all of the seat and boat swapping going on in the Stock class this season, there’s been one constant in the category at the start of 2014. Rob Nunziato and Dan Laurence have been fast in their 32’ Doug Wright catamaran, The Hulk, winning every time they’ve competed in a race.

      They started the season with a victory at Port Charlotte, Fla., on April 13. A Cocoa Beach in May, they choose to pull off after the start, preferring not to beat up their boat in the rough conditions. Then, they put on a dominant display at the 30th annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix on July 6th, leading from the start and holding ...
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      Published on 07-03-2014 09:24 AM

      By Eric Colby

      John Tomlinson participated for the first time in 1986 at the offshore powerboat race in Sarasota, Fla., as a navigator for owner/driver Lorne Leibel and throttleman Bob Latham, owner of Latham Marine. Since then, Tomlinson has won more races than most competitors have entered. Many of those victories have come at the annual July 4th event on the Sunshine State’s West Coast, the Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix festival, which is sanctioned by Super Boat International.

      The unfortunate news is that in 2014, Tomlinson will not be competing at Sarasota because Tor Staubo owner of the ...
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      Published on 06-27-2014 11:25 AM

      By Eric Colby

      Stephen Kildahl is 23 years old and he’s spent every July 4th weekend at the same place — the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix in Sarasota, Fla. His father, Steve Kildahl, started his offshore racing career 30 years ago at the race in his family’s hometown and when Stephen was born, the family brought him along to the races.

      This year will mark the eighth season that the Kildahls have teamed up to race in their hometown, with Stephen driving and 56-year Steve throttling. Maybe it’s a hometown advantage or maybe it’s Dad’s 30 years experience running the course in the Gulf of Mexico, but the two have won their class in the hometown race every year since they paired up.

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      Published on 06-19-2014 07:46 AM

      By Eric Colby

      For Steve David, driving a raceboat on July 4th has always meant something a little more special. The last 13 years, he has been in the cockpit of the hometown team’s entry in the Madison Regatta, which is always held on Independence Day weekend. One year, he even spent the holiday weekend at offshore racing’s annual extravaganza in Sarasota, Fla., driving for the CITGO Superguard team.

      Heck, David’s powerboat racing career started on July 4th in 1968. He drove his 18’ Donzi down to Tavernier, Fla., to watch the July Elks Club regatta. He was tied up next to a family who informed him that there was a ‘Run What You ...
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      Published on 06-06-2014 09:49 AM

      By Eric Colby

      For the upcoming 2015 model year, Dave Hemmingson, president of Dave’s Custom Boats, said there will be some new tweaks on the interiors of his MSeries of wide-body performance catamarans, but aside from that, all four models are selling so well, there’s no need to change much else.

      “We’re building all of the series,” Hemmingson said early this week. “No boat is the most popular. Ideally, we’d like to keep building all of them.” He added that Dave’s Custom Boats is the busiest the company has been in seven years.

      To say that the new series of boats has been popular ...

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