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Eliminator Eyes Center-Console Market

Eliminator 28' Daytona catarmaran

Several months after its much-publicized restructuring, Eliminator Boats—once the largest builder of custom high-performance boats west of the Mississippi has six models in production, according to company founder and principal. What’s more a center console model likely is in the future for the Mira Loma, Calif., said Leach.

“We’re pretty sure we’re going to build a center console,” said Leach. “Something with diesel power, probably, would be really nice.”

As for the models currently in production, which include an array of Eliminator offerings from a 36’ Speedster to a 28’ Fun Deck, Leach said they represent a steady upturn in business.

“Here’s something else: None of them are financed—they’re all cash boats,” he said. “Financing is pretty tricky these days.

“And the performance market has definitely contracted,” he added.

While Leach said he is optimistic about his company’s future after three-and-a-half severely challenging years, he has newfound about the effects of rising gasoline prices, the conflict in Libya and even Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster on the U.S. economy in general and the go-fast market in particular.