Jan/Feb 2017 Issue

January/February 2017 • Volume 5 • Issue 22 (Click here to download for free.)


22nd cover 0217sGentry Eagle Soars Again
The iconic restored 46-foot Scarab raceboat looks better than the day it won a world championship almost three decades ago.

On A High Note
The Florida Powerboat Club’s new host location for its 25th annual Miami Boat Show Poker Run—the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club in Marathon—was a hit.

As Fun As It Gets
This year’s MTI Owners Fun Run from Miami to Marathon (and everywhere else in the Florida Keys), struck a chord with the owners in attendance.

Mix & Match
Looking to switch things up in 2017? Depending on what type of event you have in mind, here at 15 different ones on the horizon—some fun for the family, some serving their communities and some all about the party.

Catching Up with Peter Hledin
After more than 40 years in the high-performance boat-building world, the founder and owner of Skater Powerboats is still at the top of his game—because he does the little things.

The Perfect Performance Runabout
A blast to drive and incredibly versatile, the Airship RIBs 330 is an ideal second (maybe even everyday) ride for a performance-minded buyer looking for something low-maintenance, durable and different.

Ilmor’s Recreational Power Play
With its MV8 7.4L engine targeted at the recreational powerboat and small cruiser markets, Ilmor Marine has created yet another variation on a successful theme.

Power Shift
A trio of Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines brought a stunning 41-foot Outerlimits sportboat wonderfully to life.

Straight Outta Arenal
Bold, beautiful and far away from home, the Predator 447-R made a big impression on at least two veteran performance boat drivers in Miami.

One of a Kind
The new Skater Powerboats 478 V-bottom featuring twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines is super rare, super fun and super cool.


From the Editors: Getting back to work after a busy show in Miami
Hot Sheet: Latest headlines from the world of go-fast boats
Teague’s Take: Bob Teague answers more technical questions
On Scene: The Florida Powerboat Club’s Winter Poker Run
Gear: A closer look at the latest and greatest products
Product Spotlight: Livorsi Marine’s new multi-stepped trim tabs

On the Cover: The new Skater Powerboats 478 V-bottom is arguably one of the most unique performance boats in the world. Find out what our experienced test team said about the beautiful boat on page 85. Photo by Pete Boden