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Catching Up With Jay Pilini

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Jay Pilini, the man behind and in front of Spectre Offshore Performance in Clearwater, Fla., has seen his share of ups and downs in his 30 years in the high-performance powerboat business. On that, you’ll get no argument for the soon-to-be 53-year-old current designer and builder of performance-oriented center consoles and former designer and builder of Spectre and Motion go-fast catamarans. From building some of the most celebrated cats on the offshore racecourse to seemingly endless litigation and acrimonious splits with partners, the guy has seen it all. Yet Pilini is a survivor—a chameleon of sorts—and his longevity as a builder with 30 years in the business speaks to his adaptability.

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