When Dan Kleitz of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats announced in September last year that the Bristol, R.I., company’s goal was to break 100 mph with an upcoming SL 41 V-bottom sportboat powered by triple Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines, his ambition was met with more than a little incredulity in the performance boating community. As it turned out, the 41-footer, which is owned by Michigan-based longtime Outerlimits customer Dave Burgess, did significantly better than that in its first sea trial today.
“No one believed it could go over 100,” said a clearly delighted Kleitz via a telephone interview this afternoon. “There you go, 105 mph.”
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While Kleitz didn’t have images of the boat running during today’s test session, he did send a photo of its GPS unit.
“We had three guys on board and a decent amount of fuel in the boat,” he said. “We’re going to keep playing with props and tweaking it until we deliver the boat to Dave at the Miami International Boat Show next week. He’s not going to do the Miami Boat Show poker run the weekend after the show, but he is going to take it to the west coast of Florida and play around with it a little bit before he brings it back to Michigan.
“He’s ecstatic about it,” Kleitz added.
Editor’s Note: Look for a photo gallery of the new outboard-powered Outerlimits SL 41 in action from the Miami International Boat Show late next week.