Highs and Lows from 2013: Brett Anderson

Thanks to a late spring in the Midwest and Northeast, 2013 was an up and down year for Brett Anderson and his crew at BBlades Professional Propellers in Princeton, Wis. Business started sluggishly before ramping up to unprecedented levels for the company in June, July and August. With even bigger things on the horizon, Anderson is optimistic for the coming year but grateful for his company's progress during this one.

The offshore racing success of BBlades clients Jason and Johnny Saris was among the highpoints of 2013 for Anderson.           The offshore racing success of BBlades clients Jason and Johnny Saris was among the highpoints of 2013 for Anderson. (Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.)

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Mike Livorsi

For the past 25 years, Mike Livorsi, founder of Livorsi Marine in Grayslake, Ill., has remained focused on creating the highest-quality, most-reliable products in the marine marketplace. Just this year, Livorsi Marine implemented a number of new coating and anodizing processes to make its highly regarded controls even better. The company also keeps rolling out new products and branching into new segments of the industry beyond go-fast race and pleasure boats. Mike Livorsi said he's expecting 2014 to be even better.

This year Livorsi Marine rolled out a full line of electronic side mount controls, including custom versions for tow-boat company's such as Tige (center) and Nautique (right).This year Livorsi Marine rolled out a full line of electronic side mount controls, including custom versions for tow-boat company's such as Tige (center) and Nautique (right).

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Mike D’Anniballe

Thanks to a bounty of marine engine rebuild work, Mike D'Anniballe and the rest of this team at Sterling Performance Engines in Milford, Mich., haven't had much time to bask in the glow of the successful debut of their turbocharged 1,700-hp engines at the 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. (To read the complete story on the project, download the latest issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here.) But that hasn't stopped them from working on the next generation of 1700s, which will be set up with a single turbocharger instead of the dual turbos on the first set. A pair of reconfigured Sterling 1700s may even end up in Game Changer, a coming 40-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran owned by Tom Borisch, who currently owns a turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic cat called Low Altitude.

For Mike D'Anniballe (far right, shown here with John Tomlinson and Myrick Coil) the 195-mph run posted by a Skater catamaran with his engines was the highpoint of 2014.For Mike D'Anniballe (far right, shown here with John Tomlinson and Myrick Coil) the 195-mph run posted by a Skater catamaran with his 1,700-hp engines was the highpoint of 2013.

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Highs and Lows from 2013: Craig Barrie

statement barrieCraig Barrie (left) joined Statement Marine a few weeks before the 2013 Miami International Boat Show where this picture was taken. Along with Craig (from left to right) is Todd Werner, Chris Fertig, Tyson Garvin and Nick Buis.

Since joining the team at Statement Marine in January of this year, Craig Barrie has had a great time getting to know everyone at the St. Petersburg, Fla., company and helping grow the business to new heights. Bringing nearly 30 years of industry experience to the table, not only has Barry improved the production process at Statement, he's managed to set up a dealer network and get CE Certification so the company can sell boats in the European Union. Although he didn't provide much detail, Barrie teased a company poker run boat that will be touring the country in 2014—an updated version of the 42 Ultimate V-bottom.

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Highs and Lows from 2013: John Tomlinson

Considering the name it has made for itself in the high-performance powerboat world, you'd think that go-fast boat service, rigging and storage would be TNT Custom Marine's bread and butter. But the truth is that while the Miami-based company's performance-boat business picks up in the winter months with the influx of fast boats from the Midwest and Northeast, local owners of "regular pleasure boats and fishing boats," according to company co-owner and noted offshore racer John Tomlinson, are the company's mainstay throughout the year. And thanks to the range of services TNT offers for powerboats of all kinds, it's been a good year for the outfit.

John Tomlinson: "Fortunately, I don’t have a lot of lows. Everybody in my family is healthy and business is good."John Tomlinson: "Fortunately, I don’t have a lot of lows. Everybody in my family is healthy and business is good."

High: Well, I have a few highs. We went out and won the offshore race in Gasse in Sarasota (Fla.) this summer after not touching the boat all year, which was kind of cool. And then we successfully ran Sterling's turbine engines in the Skater at the Shootout (read the story) to a big number. That was a high for sure. And our business was up this year over all the different categories—Mercury service, stern-drive rebuilding, rigging, marina and storage—we offer. That's definitely a high.

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