In what company principal Mike Fiore described as a “technology exchange” during a telephone interview today, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats will move production of the laminated parts for the SV 29 high-performance V-bottom to Eliminator Boats in Mira Loma, Calif. Production of the rest of the Outerlimits line, which includes V-bottoms and catamarans from 37 to 52 feet, will remain at the company’s home base in Bristol, R.I.
“It’s a win-win for everybody,” said Fiore. “Bob Leach and the Eliminator crew will do the lay-up and show us the ins and outs of in-mold gelcoat graphics. They do it better than anyone else, so why not learn from the best? And we’ll be sharing our latest lamination technology with them.”
Unlike previous SV 29 models constructed of epoxy and carbon fiber, the 29-footers built at the Eliminator facility will be built using vinylester resin and fiberglass. (Epoxy and carbon fiber lay-ups will be offered as an option for the boat.)
“The SV 29 has been such an overachiever that the extra 300 pounds or so that will come with a vinylester lay-up won’t hinder its incredible performance,” Fiore said.
After lamination is complete, the 29-footers will be shipped to the Outerlimits West Coast operation in Fresno, Calif., for engine compartment rigging, interior installation and final assembly. Fiore said that he believes that with gelcoat graphics the SV 29 will have an even stronger appeal to the West Coast market. He estimated that production at the Eliminator plant should begin in approximately five weeks.
“We see it as an ideal boat for Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and Lake Powell,” Fiore added.