Earlier today, the first Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SL 41 sportboat powered by three Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines ran 107 mph near the custom high-performance powerboat builder’s facility in Bristol, R.I. Today’s top speed bested the 41-footer’s previous top mark by two miles per hour.
The boat’s prior top speed was achieved using five-blade Mercury CNC 31-inch-pitch propellers with 15-degree rake angles. This time around, the V-bottom was set up using props with the same pitch size, but with 18-degree rake angles.
“I may be able to get another mile per hour or two out of it, but that’s pretty good for a full-size, outboard-powered V-bottom,” said Dan Kleitz of Outerlimits. “We’re heading back out tomorrow for a photo and video shoot, and we’ll run it again for speed.
“For those who don’t want to pay for the CNC propellers, the SL 41 ran 103 mph today with Mercury Max Five props,” he added. “That was up as well from 101 mph the last time we ran it.”
Today’s GPS recorded top speed for the SL 41.
The SL 41 returned to the Outerlimits plant after a few minor paint touch-ups from Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky. Kleitz credited Dave Burgess, the boat’s owner, for “being nice enough to let us bring the boat back here for a little more testing” before it is delivered this weekend to Burgess’ home in St. Clair, Mich.
“I’m currently in the process of the closing the deal on another SL 41 with Verado 400s and I have a third order in the works as well,” Kleitz said. “It’s a great handling boat, and a great package overall.”
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