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“Happy” Sterling 1700s Headed for Skater 388

Within a month, the first pair of much-anticipated 1,700-hp twin turbocharged engines from Sterling Performance should be installed in a Skater 388 catamaran, according to Mike D’Anniballe, the principal of the Milford, Mich., company. The Sterling 1700 reportedly makes 1,730 hp at 7,000 rpm and more than 1,400-foot-pounds of torque at 5,000 rpm.

“And thing about it is, the engine is happy there,” said D’Anniballe. “It’s smooth as can be, and not straining.”

The retail price for Sterling 1700, the most powerful engine the company offers, is approximately $130,000 without a drive. (Sterling does not offer drive units.)

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