In our final Speedonthewater Friends Facebook page “show us your boats” photo challenge for 2016, we asked the members of our group to post images of their twin-engine stern-drive V-bottom sportboats. Without question, that market segment has declined sharply—an understatement to be sure–since its heady days of the 1980s and 1990s, but there are still plenty of those boats on the water. That they’re not brand-new doesn’t make them any less beloved or meticulously maintained by their owners.
Speedonthewater Facebook Friends group twin-engine sportboat owners and their rides in sequence above: Brandon Burgess, 2005 Cigarette 39 Top Gun Unlimited; Joe Riehl, 2013 Sunsation 36 XRT; Todd DePetris, 2004 cigarette Top Gun; Shawn Mcdonald, 2009 Schiada 32; Jeff Jost, 2004 Sunsation Dominator; Dave Maloney, 2004 Active Thunder 37 (photo courtesy/copyright Rodney Olson/Full Speed Photography); Mike Knarr, 1996 IMP; Bonnie and Steve Leva, 1995 Fountain Fever; Chester Lester, 1995 Formula 303 SR-1; Mark Deerwester, 2007 Fountain 38 Lightning; Cory Hakes, 2008 Sunsation 32 SSR; and Jeff Morgan, 2004 Fountain 42 Lightning.
Of course, a few players, most notably Cigarette Racing Team and Outerlimits, are still alive and well in the big, bad V-bottom sportboat game and they’re producing spectacular products. And any go-fast boat enthusiast not living under a rock knows the outboard-powered performance center console market is booming. So all is not lost—far from it—in the big V-bottom world. But we had to admit that these the images of these twin-engine V-bottoms made us a little nostalgic.