At this particular moment, no new-boat owner on the planet is happier than Jimmy Kimmel. That’s because Kimmel, who lives in Constantia, N.Y., on the shores of Lake Oneida, sea-trialed his Skater Powerboats 30 SS catamaran for the first time two days ago on the 21-mile-long body of water. The cat, which was displayed at the Miami International Boat Show in February, is powered by twin Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboard engines.
Sitting pretty on its boat lift, this Skater 30 SS dazzled its owner during its maiden voyage.
“We’re still in the break-in period, which for the first hour is between 4,000 and 5,400 rpm,” said Kimmel. “The thing runs over 80 mph at 4,200 rpm. I was really impressed with how quickly it came out of the hole, and how it handled two- to three-foot chop. It just glided over it.
“The boat is just awesome,” he continued. “The ride is smooth and the workmanship is fantastic. The thing is just stout. It’s like driving one of my Corvettes, the one with the supercharger that makes around 500 hp. And working with the whole Skater crew, especially (national sales manager) Tony Cutsuries, was fantastic.”
Kimmel ran the 32-footer with 31-inch-pitch Blaster four-blade propellers from BBlades Professional Propellers, and was delighted with their performance. (He said he may even step up one inch in pitch with the Blasters.) He also plans on trying 32-inch pitch “Enhanced Cleaver” four-blade props from Dave Dewald.
Said Kimmel: “It’s like driving one of my Corvettes, the one with the supercharger that makes around 500 hp.”
Approximately three-and-a-half hours remain in the manufacturer-designated break-in period for the direct-injected two-stroke outboards, which have a maximum operating speed of 6,100 rpm. Kimmel said he’s looking forward to getting the cat back on the water—at present it’s stored on a lift with a special cradle supplied by Skater—as soon as possible.
“We have to do the next three hours at varying engine speeds,” he said. “We didn’t really run up to the high end—the water was low, there’s no buoys on the lake and I only had about half an hour to mess around before I had to pick up my wife from work. But it exceeded my expectations.”