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. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Heading into the 2017 Miami International Boat Show in mid-February, we had no plan to run the Predator Performance Boats 447-R V-bottom—and we’re diehard planners. We go to bed with a plan, wake up with a plan and execute the plan. Then, we start planning again.
In fact, hell, we’d barely even heard of the 46-foot V-bottom constructed in the longtime boat-building hub of Arendal, Norway, before we arrived in Miami. We knew that our longtime friend Ben Robertson of BAR Marine Group in Jacksonboro, S.C., had recently taken on the three-boat Predator line as the company’s United States representative. But that was all we knew.
As it happened, the bright- red, stepped-hull V-bottom powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines was docked next to the TNT Custom Marine-supplied 33-foot Airship RIBs model that we used as a photo boat for two days during the show. That made it almost impossible to miss and even harder—thanks to Robertson— to ignore. That, plus his urging us to take the 46-footer for a ride, was enough for us.
So we asked Bob Teague and John Tomlinson, our two favorite test drivers, to take the Predator 447-R for a ride and let us know what they thought.
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