In terms of goose-bump boating experiences, the one felt in the first ZRX 47 Carbon Series offshore V-bottom from Adrenaline Powerboats alongside Adrenaline owner Mike Layton during the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in April is near the top of my list. It’s not No. 1—riding in the backseat as John Tomlinson and Dave Scott ran the Mystic Powerboats catamaran up to 168 mph on the one-mile Lake of the Ozarks Shootout course in 2007 is going to be tough to beat.
Powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines and as technologically advanced as any boat out there, the first ZRX 47 from Adrenaline Powerboats turns heads no matter where it goes. Photo courtesy/copyright Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images.
But get this. It wasn’t the fact that the ZRX 47, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines, accelerated with incredible force. Nor was it the boat’s responsive and stable handling manners in the mixed-up choppy Lake Havasu water halfway into Saturday’s poker run that got me. The coolest part about catching a ride in the all-epoxy, all- carbon infused 47-footer that was designed and assembled utilizing high-tech CAD and CNC machining processes, was the attention the V-bottom received while idling through The Channel from Thompson Bay back to the London Bridge Resort on that picture-perfect day.
I don’t think it mattered what the music was, for the record it was Calvin Harris, or how loud the music was, people were awestruck by either the boat’s size, sleek lines, gorgeous yellow and gray paint job, or engine hatch that Layton raised slightly to show off its unique design. They’d definitely never seen one, because it’s the only one—for now at least.