Outerlimits Completes SL 52, Bringing New SL 44 To Miami

Although Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats hasn’t released any information on its path forward since its initial official statement following the untimely death of company president Joe Sgro, the Bristol, R.I., custom boat company is continuing with multiple current builds—and taking new orders. Most recently, the builder completed an SL 52 V-bottom powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines and painted by Stephen Miles Design for second-time Outerlimits owner Ed Urbanek of Ohio.

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As soon as on-water testing is complete, this new Outerlimits SL 52 V-bottom will be delivered to its Ohio-based owner (click image to enlarge).

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Sneak Peek Gallery: DCB Performance Boats M33R Hull And Deck ‘Together’

Shooting to have their new Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engine-powered M33R catamaran on the water sometime in March, the crew at DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., topped the first completed hull with the first completed deck today to “take a look at them together.” That’s the word from the company’s Jeff Johnston.

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DCB customer demand drove the creation of the M33R catamaran.

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Intrepid Move

If you look up “panacea” on dictionary.com, you’ll see it defined as “a remedy for all diseases and ills; cure-all” and “an answer or solution for all problems and difficulties.” As it happens, that word also defines how most boat owners feel about their time on the water. So the name Intrepid Powerboats chose for its latest center console—the 407 Panacea—makes a lot of sense.

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Unveiled in late 2017, the Intrepid Powerboats 407 Panacea center console could make inroads with performance-minded buyers.

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The Miami-based company introduced the 40-footer with triple Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and it captured lots of attention, and not just from “traditional” center console buyers. The 16,000-pound beauty caught the eyes of more than a few performance-minded buyers, according to the company’s Mark Beaver, who handles factory sales.

To say that Intrepid is targeting performance-boat enthusiasts with the 407 Panacea would be incorrect. But Beaver and the rest of the team at Intrepid believe the center console does have plenty of crossover appeal.

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Kiekhaefer Awarded Patent On New Variable Propeller Pitch Surface Drive

The former head of Mercury Racing who left the Fond du Lac, Wis., company in 2013 with products from Zero Effort controls to the Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4v) turbocharged engine series launched during his more-than-20-year tenure, Fred Kiekhaefer has been granted an engineering patent on a “Marine Surface Propulsion Device.” The patent for Kiekhaefer’s creation, which is designed for high-performance V-bottoms and catamarans, came through on Dec. 26, 2017.

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Kiekhaefer’s prototype propulsion unit has been installed in a diesel-engine-powered 39-foot V-bottom (click image to enlarge).

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Factory Billet Update: Dyno Testing With New Components

Coming off a successful Performance Racing Industry trade show last month, Factory Billet is midway through dynamometer testing of its turbocharged 1,650/1,950 flex-fuel high-performance marine engine with innovative Inconel headers and the final iterations of its water-jacketed turbochargers at its facility in Lake Zurich, Ill. The engine on display in the Precision Turbo and Engine exhibit at the annual PRI event Indianapolis was equipped with those components, which arrived at Factory Billet shortly before the show began.

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Another 80 hours of dyno testing is scheduled for Factory Billet’s turbocharged engines.

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MTI 340X Sport Cat Best-Ever Late Christmas Present For Delighted Owner

Proving that good things really do come in small—relatively speaking—packages, New Jersey-based Bob Christie is delighted with his new Marine Technology, Inc., 340X catamaran. MTI’s Tim Gallagher delivered the 34-footer, which is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines to Christie and his wife, Madelyn, at their second home in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday.

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This new 340X is Christie’s second MTI—and it could end up being his favorite. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Kleban/Speedonthewater.com.

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Wired Up Again: Nossaman Takes Delivery of New MTI-V 42

If the MTI-V 42 luxury performance center console pictured below looks familiar to you, it’s because it should. The latest 42-footer delivered by the Wentzville, Mo., boat builder matches Wired Up, the 48-foot catamaran MTI delivered in August 2016 to Oklahoma performance boaters Jake and Gina Nossaman.

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The new Wired Up—Jake and Gina Nossaman's MTI-V 42—was delivered just in time for Christmas. Photos courtesy Jake Nossaman

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