At age 42, Mike Fiore, the owner and founder of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I., is hardly an old guy. And yet he’s lived more than few lifetimes in the high-performance powerboat business: first as the son of Paul Fiore, the founder of Hustler Powerboat, where he rigged wiring harnesses as a pre-teen; and years later, as a complete boat builder on his own when he founded Outerlimits almost 19 years ago in Long Island, N.Y.
“I’ve done every job there is to do in the boat business,” says Fiore, who then laughs and shakes his head. “That helps a lot when things get challenging like they have in the past five years. You can actually go in and do jobs you can’t to pay others to do.”