By all measures but one, John Rotella is a serious performance-boat enthusiast. The 66-year-old businessman, a third-generation scrap metal company owner who lives with his wife, Gayle, in Westfield, N.J., owns a second home in Brick with two 30,000-pound-capacity boatlifts behind it on a canal that leads to Barnegat Bay.
Until recently, both lifts were occupied each summer with a 46-foot Skater catamaran—the iconic Tom Cat originally commissioned by Tom Abrams of the Reliable Carriers exotic automobile trucking company and the offshore racing team that once carried its name—and a 51-foot Outerlimits V-bottom with three 700-hp engines. He’s owned roughly 15 go-fast boats, including the first 50-foot Hustler “out of the molds” in the 40-plus years he’s been boating.
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