Dan Kleitz, the national sales manager for Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, departed the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Super Cat Fest in Central Missouri a little more than a week ago with two contingent sales of the Bristol, R.I., company’s new SC 37 catamaran. The contingency, according to Kleitz, was the production of hull No. 1 so the prospective buyers could actually see it.
That shouldn’t take too long, as the first hull for the 37-footer went into the mold this week.
“The next step is doing the stringers and bulkheads,” said Kleitz. “Then we’ll start laying up the deck.”
The first Outerlimits SC 37 hull is in the mold.
According to Kleitz, Outerlimits has seven SC 37 models, each of which will be powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines, pre-sold. If the two prospective buyers from the Ozarks events like what they see, that will bring the total to nine.
“That’s pretty good for a boat that doesn’t exist yet,” Kleitz. “We have some returning and some new customers who’ve stepped up. Either way, that shows tremendous confidence in the brand and our ability to produce a bad-ass sport catamaran with (consultant) Steve Curtis, who brings a ton of credibility to the project.”
Though almost all Outerlimits models get painted, most often by Stephen Miles of Stephen Miles Design, the first SC 37 will be dressed in white-and-black gelcoat per the client’s request. The Outerlimits team expects the first model to be finished in late 2020.
“This is an important boat for us—we know we’re entering a very competitive market,” said Kleitz. “So all time we are taking to make sure the boat works from ergonomics to performance, from design to build, is worth every minute.”