Originally slated for Feb. 2-4, the American Power Boat Association/Union International Motonautique-sanctioned V-bottom kilometer record attempt set up by Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C., for its purpose-built 40-foot canopied V-bottom powered by 1,900-hp Sterling Performance engines has been postponed. The news was announced in a press release from Iconic Marine Group, the parent company of Fountain, Donzi and Baja, this afternoon.
The founder of Fountain Powerboats, Reggie Fountain, Jr. (left) is spearheading the kilo boat project. Ben Robertson, Jr. (far right) will pilot the company’s purpose-built 40-footer. Offshore racer Billy Moore (center) has visited Fountain to consult on the project.
A new date has not yet been set.
According to the release, “continued in-depth testing of powertrain components from Sterling Performance prior to installation have pushed out the on-water testing schedule.”
Fountain’s leadership had originally wanted to set a new V-bottom kilo mark prior to the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 15-18
“This event and process is good for the Fountain brand,” the release read. “We would like to go into Miami Boat Show with a new kilo record, but the most important thing is safety. Iconic Marine Group will not sacrifice safety in testing by our suppliers or by us just to make a date for a boat show, as advantageous as that could be for marketing. Safety, performance and the record are the keys to the success of this event. Timing is secondary.”