Powered by twin Mercury Racing turbocharged 1100 engines, the first 39-foot pleasure catamaran from Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats was delivered to Michigan performance boater Burton Kirsten, who ordered the all-carbon 39-foot canopied boat last year.
The new Outerlimits 39 SC catamaran is going to be at next week’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri. Photo courtesy Keith Burk
Kirsten picked up the second 39 SC from Outerlimits—the first one is an Ilmor-powered raceboat built by the Spirit of Qatar offshore racing team—after a quick test session on Friday with Outerlimits consultant Steve Curtis, the manager/throttleman for the Qatar outfit, and hauled the boat back to Michigan to show it off on Lake St. Clair on Sunday.
“Dan Kleitz and the entire Outerlimits team did a great job with the boat,” said Kirsten, who is planning to bring the 39-footer to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout next week. “They had to do a lot of engineering to make a canopy that wasn’t planned from the beginning. Overall the boat is amazing. The paintwork handled by Stephen Miles Design is great and the new Outerlimits interior looks and feels awesome. I’m grateful that Steve Curtis took the time to fly into Bristol (R.I.) and run the boat with me to test some prop options.”
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the new 39-foot Outerlimits courtesy of Burton Kirsten.
According to Kleitz, who called the boat “bad ass,” the 39 SC reached 150 mph during the crew’s brief initial testing. With the right set of props, which Outerlimits is ordering for Kirsten, Kleitz believes the boat should reach a top speed in the high-150-mph or low-160-mph range.
“We didn’t have much time to set up the boat and test it, but the things runs as good as it looks,” Kleitz said. “I think Burton is very happy with it. It’s going to get a lot of attention wherever he takes it that’s for sure.”
Kleitz said Outerlimits’ new clear, carbon-fiber, sit-down-style seats work well in the catamaran, which features three Garmin GPS displays, full air conditioning and seating for six in the cockpit that is the same size as the one Outerlimits uses for its 46-foot catamaran.
Editor’s note: Look for a full report on the 39 SC from next week’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and in the next issue of Speed On The Water magazine.