For much, much more than the amazing boats he built, we will miss Outerlimits’ founder Mike Fiore (far left) forever.
From the island nation of Malta to Fresno, Calif., covering the career of Mike Fiore, the founder of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., took me to some mighty remote places during the years. But the place it took me most often, via long weekly telephone conversations that ranged from marine industry issues to raising kids, was the heart—his and mine.
Mike Fiore, who died a year ago tomorrow on August 26 from complications of injuries he sustained during the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, wasn’t perfect. He had his demons. Despite creating some of the most incredible V-bottom performance boats ever built, his business struggled severely at times. He made good decisions and bad ones, personal and professional. He was—like all of us—imperfect.
But Fiore operated from his heart as much as his head, and while that worked to his detriment now and then it was a gigantic part of what made him so loveable. Because his heart was simply that, gigantic.