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Northern California Duo Planning San Francisco-To-Los Angeles Record Attempt

A couple of familiar names in the Northern California go-fast boating community, much of which centers around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, longtime friends Steve Seaton and Tony Adams are planning to take on the 400-plus-mile, San Francisco-To-Los Angeles endurance run in fall 2022. To bring their record-setting dreams to life, Seaton, who owns and operates Seaton’s Marine, Inc., in Discovery Bay, purchased a 2004 Outerlimits 47 GTX from its owner in North Carolina.

The 47-footer, which currently is powered by a pair of 572-cubic-inch, 14-71 blower-equipped engines, should arrive at Seaton’s facility early next month.

“The boat is immaculate,” said Seaton. “It was completely redone, in 2016 I believe. But I am going to fix and service everything when it gets here.”

Seaton and Adams plan to use this 47-foot Outerlimits V-bottom to break a Pacific Oean record set more than 30 years ago.

Their goal is get familiar with the boat this summer on the Delta and elsewhere. Come fall, they will repower and completely re-rig it with a pair of new 1,200-hp supercharged engines from Teague Custom Marine in Valencia, Calif. If the schedule holds, they’ll tackle the run a year later, most likely in late October or early November when Pacific Ocean conditions off the California coast are ideal.

Seaton and Adams have extensive offshore powerboating experience, much of which has come from their adventures as drivers in the annual Catalina Ski Race. Though Seaton has never left the high-performance powerboating world—it’s a key part of his business—Adams, a swimming pool contractor of note, has been out if for the past six years.

“Now, Tony is ready to roll again,” he Seaton. “Team Adams and Seaton is back.”

Adams and Seaton have long-discussed attempting to break the record for gasoline-engine-powered boats set in 1988 by the late Bob Nordskog—of Powerboat magazine publishing and offshore racing fame—and Bob and Norm Teague. Their record of 5 hours and 57 minutes still stands.

The boat’s current engines will be replaced 1,200-hp mills from Teague Custom Marine.

That epic run some 33 years ago, plus their enduring friendship with Southern California-based Bob Teague, who owns a second home in Discovery Bay, has kept them inspired them during the years.

“I’ve looked at two boats over the last 14 years to do this run—one in 2008 and another boat last summer,” Seaton. “I’m aware of the famous people who have attempted to break this record. It’s become a passion of Tony and mine.”

For tune-up event, Seaton and Adams are considering this summer’s Ocean Cup Rum Run around Catalina Island, scheduled for October 1-3.

Speedonthewater.com will follow this story as it develops.

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