Inside SOTW Mag: Meet Iconic Marine Group's Biggest Fan

Will the unassuming owner of Iconic Marine Group, the parent company of the Washington, N.C.-based Baja Marine, Donzi Marine and Fountain Powerboats brands, be ecstatic if the Fountain team and its boat—put together specifically to set a V-bottom kilometer speed record—is able to bounce back after its unsuccessful efforts in late February and establish a new mark? Of course, and there’d likely be no one happier, well maybe the legendary Reggie Fountain, II.

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Pictured with the legendary Reggie Fountain (right), Fred Ross wants to make sure the popular Baja, Donzi and Fountain brands are around for a long time to come. Photo by Jason Johnson

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Inside SOTW Mag: Skater 388 Profile—Best One Yet?

Could the Skater 388 catamaran be the finest boat that Peter Hledin and the talented Skater Powerboats crew at the Douglas, Mich., company have ever built? You’d certainly get no argument on that point from the Skater cognoscenti, meaning knowledgeable and experienced folks such as John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine and— across the state and to the north—Grant Bruggemann of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton. Both Tomlinson and Bruggemann have extensive experience in race and pleasure versions of the 38-footer, and each of them sings its praises in both applications.

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In his new 38-foot Skater catamaran, former offshore racer Danny DeSantis has found the perfect blend of performance, simplicity and reliability (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

So it was only natural that when longtime Skater owner Danny DeSantis decided to order a new pleasure boat he chose a 388 cat. A former offshore racing world champion, DeSantis has owned every catamaran model Skater has ever offered—except the 388, which was based off the company’s vaunted 36-footer.

The Massachusetts-based DeSantis ordered the boat through Tony Cutsuries, Skater’s national sales manager, during the 2015 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla.

To read the full cover story, click the download link for the PDF of the January/February 2018 Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media.

Inside SOTW Mag: How Cigarette Stole The Show

Asked to pick a favorite product of his company’s 11-year collaboration with Mercedes-AMG, Cigarette Racing Team company owner and chief executive officer Skip Braver took a long pause before answering. Braver, who purchased the famed sportboat and center console company in 2002 and built its then-new Opa-locka, Fla., headquarters several years later, had a lot of boats—including a 42-foot, 100-plus-mph high-performance center console, multiple 50-footers and one electric-powered 38-footer—to consider.

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Celebrating its 11-year marketing partnership with Mercedes-AMG this year,Cigarette Racing Team blew minds in Miami with its supercar-inspired 515 Project ONE sportboat. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill.

Introduced at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show in February, the new 515 Project ONE sportboat powered by Mercury Racing dual-calibration 1550/1350 engines certainly was high on his list. The 51- footer, which was based off Cigarette’s 50-foot Marauder V-bottom but was lengthened and widened for a 9-foot, 6-inch beam, was inspired by the Mercedes-AMG, Formula 1-based Project ONE “super show car.” Between the boat and automobile, as well as Cigarette’s architecturally sophisticated and elegant display at the Miami International Boat Show docks, that would have been an easy and predictable choice.

But Braver never has been predictable.

“I don’t know about a favorite, but I think the most revolutionary one was the electric Top Gun, which was a design study,” he said.

To read the full cover story, click the download link for the PDF of the January/February 2018 Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media.

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First 2018 SOTW Digital Mag Now Live—Download for Free!

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It took more time than expected to get the first 2018 issue of Speed On The Water magazine live on the site, but it's available now—for FREE—and we seem to have a good rhythm headed into the next one, which we hope can be close to as good as the January/February 2018 issue, which can be downloaded for free here.

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Inside SOTW MAG: Mystic M3800 Profile—New Sibling

As a venue for new performance-oriented powerboat debut, the annual Speed Week in Key West, Fla., in November is a mixed bag. On the plus side, with annual Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker and the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships boat builders in town for the week boat builders have a captive audience. The downside is that in addition to sensory overload from all fine hardware at the docks, that audience faces the endless distractions of Key West.

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With the M3800, the Mystic Powerboats family of luxury center consoles continues to grow in fine fashion. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Still, Mystic’s new M3800 luxury center console managed to stand out, though technically its official public debut happened during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show earlier in the month. That the new 38-footer, which boasts a 10’6” beam and comes standard with twin Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines, took a bit longer to produce than anyone the DeLand, Fla., center console and catamaran company predicted didn’t matter to anyone who got to take a ride on Mystic’s newest creation.

As it happened, I was among those lucky folks. On Saturday, I caught a ride with Scott Sjogren, Weber and several guests on the M3800 to the inaugural Mystic Powerboats Key West Lunch at the Key West Marina Harbor.

Conditions that morning were bad enough to force the Florida Powerboat Club to scrap its planned raft-up at Woman Key, which made them ideal for my introductory ride on a boat that Cosker and Sjogren had described as incredibly dry and stable in rough water. I expected the M3800 to live up to those descriptions and it did as we ran into two- to four-foot seas at 40 to 45 mph.

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