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The concept of “relativity” is important. It’s also a difficult one to grasp, particularly in the high-performance powerboat world. For example, the speed-loving guy with the vintage 36-foot Scarab powered by twin MerCruiser 496 engines probably envies the guy with the Cigarette 38′ Top Gun powered by 700-hp Zul engines. The guy with the Cigarette might just be jealous the guy who owns the 36-foot Nor-Tech catamaran powered by Mercury 1075 SCi mills.

And the guy with the 18-foot Bayliner? He envies all of them.

As it happens, Michael Ciasulli has been all of those guys. He’s owned all of those boats and more—including a 33-foot Sutphen V-bottom and a 30-foot Chris Cat—minus the Bayliner. And while the Brick, N.J.-based performance-boat lover has always enjoyed his current ride, it’s safe to say he’s always done so with an eye toward his next one.

“I always wanted a true, race-bred catamaran,” he adds. “With the Skater 388, I have that now. It accelerates like a sportscar. It accelerates like something on land, not on water.”

To read the entire article, download the July/August 2014 issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here.

Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.