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Outerlimits SC 37 Cat Hits 132 MPH In First Test Session

Both a new Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SC 37 catamaran and SV 29 V-bottom were finished just in time for the Miami International Boat Show in February. Both models from the Bristol, R.I., company attracted a slew of appreciative onlookers to the custom builder’s Miami Beach Convention Center exhibit during the five-day event. And both “touched” the water before heading south.

Captured here at Grove Harbour Marine in Coconut Grove, Fla., just before the Miami International Boat Show, this 37-foot Outerlimits catamaran reached 132 mph in its first test session.

But neither had been tested until they were returned to Bristol.

Owned by Canadian Bob Barnhart, the 29-foot V-bottom powered by a Mercury Racing 565 engine topped 97 mph in its first sea trial in early March. As for the 37-foot catamaran going to Wisconsin’s Vinnie Diorio, it hit the water today for its first test session and reached 132 mph.

“I swear I saw a 133-mph blip,” said Dan Kleitz, who ran the cat this morning. “But the Garmin didn’t catch it and neither did the (Mercury Marine) VesselView. We’re still pretty happy, that’s for sure. It felt great. It was on rails the entire time.”

Kleitz and company equipped the cat with Mercury Racing CNC propellers, but beyond that he wouldn’t divulge any setup details.

Said Kleitz, “I swear I saw a 133-mph blip.”

“Conditions were good yesterday and we’re expecting the same tomorrow, so we’re heading back out there with it,” Kleitz said. “It’s finally warming up so we can do some testing. We can’t wait to hit it again in the morning.”

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