As best friends and coconspirators in all things fun, Dustin Whipple of Whipple Superchargers and Mike Fiore of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats gave each other endless grief. If you can’t hassle your best friend, who can you hassle, right?
Out of circulation since late 2014, a special Outerlimits SV 43 V-bottom is back on the water. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But no one else better hassle your best friend. That’s just how it works.
Sometime in the fall of 2013, I experienced firsthand the endless banter between those two characters for a day. Fiore, who was married to Whipple’s sister, Shonda, had built a dream boat for his favorite person to tease. In turn, Whipple—and Bob Teague at Teague Custom Marine—had created a pair of supercharged 1,385-hp engines to power the boat built by his brother-in-law and favorite target for daily harassment.
Of course, they didn’t have to ask me twice to come run the sit-down 43-footer with them on Millerton Reservoir in Fresno, Calif.
As for the boat, it was flat-out hot, unquestionably one of the sexiest Outerlimits SV 43 models ever built. From performance to paint, everything about it blew my mind, and the boat was featured in the 2014 January/February of Speed On The Water digital magazine. For best friends Fiore and Whipple, the year ahead looked to be a whole lot of fun with Whipple’s new ride likely at center of it all.
But it didn’t work out that way. Following a crash during the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August, Fiore died. For Whipple, the V-bottom his best friend and brother-in-law had built specially for him became a painful reminder of the heartbreaking loss, so he put the boat in storage.