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Inside SOTW: Outerlimits SL 41—Power Shift

A full-size, full-blown custom V-bottom sportboat powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines was only a matter of time. No reasonable observer of the go-fast powerboat market would argue otherwise. With the notable exception of their 350-hp Mercury Marine siblings, the Verado 400R outboards have become the powerplants of choice in the performance-oriented, stepped- hull center console market, which was born out of the go-fast V-bottom sportboat market, since their introduction three years ago. It was inevitable that some outboard- inspired customer would want one and that some ambitious boat company would build one.


A trio of Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines brought a stunning 41-foot Outerlimits sportboat wonderfully to life. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But no one could have predicted how spectacular The first triple Verado 400R- powered sportboat would turn out, not even Dave Burgess, the proud owner of a new Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SL 41 model propelled by a trio of Mercury Racing’s most powerful outboard engines. And when Dan Kleitz of Outerlimits in Bristol, R.I., made it known that that he expected the 41-footer to top 100 mph, his expectation raised more than a few eyebrows.

What the owners of those eyebrows didn’t know, however, was that the boat had to top 100 mph—that was part of the deal between Burgess and the builder.

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