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SOTW 2023 Issue No. 1
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7 From the Editors
Reflecting and projecting

10 Hot Sheet
Latest headlines from the world of go-fast boats

17 Bruggemann’s Take
Repower projects are white-hot at Grant’s Signature Racing

21 On Scene
Holiday-themed Florida events

28 Gear
Spotlighting a few useful boating products

30 The Poker Run That Almost Wasn’t
Despite a sub-tropical storm that hit South Florida at exactly the wrong time of year, the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run show went on in fine fashion.

39 Master Classes On Offshore Racing’s Biggest Stage
The 2022 Race World Offshore World Championships were won with a balance of tempered aggression and exceptional skill.

49 Coming To A Poker Run Near You
Florida Powerboat Club president Stu Jones made a power move with his 2000 model-year Cigarette 38 Top Gun—and it’s already paying off.

55 The Cheer Leader
The alternative Class 1 Huski Chocolate team driver with his childhood friend Brit Lilly, Travis Pastrana plans to race as much as his busy schedule will allow.

62 Offshore Racing Preview
With solid fleets in its top four spec classes, offshore powerboat racing is headed toward its greatest season in more than two decades.

80 A Perfect 10
Mercury Racing’s all-new 400R outboard engine opens a world of possibilities.

86 Epic First Delivery
MTI’s first production 440X catamaran was delivered to Howe 2 Live’s Mike and Sarah Howe. Of course the adventurous couple who split time between the Florida Keys and Maine took it on a maiden voyage across Florida.

On The Cover
Powered by a pair of the company’s new V-10 400R engines, the celebratory Mercury Racing 50th Anniversary MTI 390X demo boat looked like a perfect 10 running on Florida’s Sarasota Bay. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images