Sweet as their 29-foot outboard engine-powered sportboat package is, the team at Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats knew the SV 29 OB sportboat wouldn’t produce big sales numbers long before they hung a pair of Mercury Racing 300Rs on its transom. The outboard power movement hasn’t moved the V-bottom sportboat sales needle, much less move it in the way it has with the 30- to 40-foot high-performance catamarans.
The second Outerlimits SV 29 will be painted in house with a graphics package from Stephen Miles Design.
Still, the decision-makers at the Bristol, R.I., custom high-performance boat company wanted to offer the option of outboard power for their sexy 29-footer, which is the smallest offering in the Outerlimits line. So they built one and shopped it around—and eventually sold it to a client in Canada.
Now, they’re building a second SV 29 OB for a customer in Florida. As it happens, the company also is currently building an SV 29 powered by a Mercury Racing 565 stern-drive engine for well-known Canadian performance-boat enthusiast Bob Barnhart, who also spends a fair amount of time in the Sunshine State.
“Both SV 29 Outboard model buyers really like the idea of having two engines,” said Dan Kleitz, Outerlimits’ national sales manager. “And they both really like the efficiency of the outboards.
“It’s great to be building another one,” he added, then laughed. “I know I’m a little biased, but I think it’s one of the best-looking outboard boats ever built.”
The hull, deck and windshield for the first Outerlimits SC 37 catamaran are now one unit.
The boat will be painted in house at Outerlimits with a graphics package created by Stephen Miles Design of Owensboro, Ky.
Also on the outboard propulsion side of things, the company has married together the hull and deck of its first SC 37 catamaran and installed its wraparound windshield from Lee Aerospace. That boat is going to Outerlimits customer Stephen Rak, who previously owned Team Gotta Go III, which is powered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines. Currently in lamination, the second 37-footer is headed to Supercat-class offshore racer Vinnie Diorio, who is running the SV Racing SC 39 Outerlimits catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 860 engines this season.
Both 37-footers will be powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboards.
“In addition to all the current builds like the SL 44 with Mercury Racing 1100s we’re building for a West Coast customer, we still have a whole lot of service and upgrade projects going on,” said Kleitz, who currently is enjoying a weeklong Florida vacation. “We’re still a one-stop shop.”
Going to longtime Outerlimits client Vinnie Diorio, the second SC 37 is in lamination.
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