Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats operations manager Dan Kleitz, which is why we decided to let company principal Mike Fiore off the hook and go to Kleitz for this year’s highs and low from the Outerlimits perspective. From strong sales and new model introductions to strong performances at the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, fortune shined on the Bristol, R.I., company in 2013.
High: I would say that we survived what we all hope was the worst of the worst and the shop is slammed with new boat orders. We are actually sold out for the 2014 model year between our cats and V-bottoms. Every boat but the one 36 will be capable of running 130-plus mph. We stuck to our roots of building purebred, high-performance boats and it has served us well. The introduction of the SV50 and SL36 would also be notable, as well as having the new 46 cat and a new SL50 V-bottom in tooling. And let’s not forget the continued dominance of Dr. Michael Janssen and Brian Forehand on the race course taking another undisputed Super Vee Light championship in Key West.
Low: Thankfully, we don’t have many lows for 2013. One would be in Key West with the SV43. On the last day we had a great shot of taking home the championship, but while leading with a 15-second lead we had a mechanical failure that knocked us out of the race. Joe (Sgro) and Brian (Forehand) put on a great show though. Also as most people have touched on their highs and lows this year, the tragedy that occurred at the Lake Cumberland Poker Run was just a terrible occurrence and terribly sad.