Driven by the wild popularity of Mercury Racing’s Verado 400R outboard engine, Skater Powerboats is developing a 41-foot outboard-powered V-bottom dubbed the 418. According to Tony Cutsuries, the national sales manager for the Douglas, Mich., custom high-performance catamaran and V-bottom company, the first hull is out of the mold.
Skater’s Tony Cutsuries estimates the 418 with triple Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines will top out between 105 and 110 mph.
“ We have the hull already,” he said. “We just have to put a deck on it.”
The 41-footer’s hull is based on the design and tooling for the Skater 399V but has been “completely modified and redone based on what we learned from the 478,” Cutsuries said. It will be offered with triple and twin Verado 400R outboards, though Cutsuries said he would prefer to have the boat equipped with triples.
The interior of the 418 will include a U-shape lounge in the rear of the long cockpit that—with the addition of a filler cushion—becomes a giant sunpad.
“It should run over 100 mph,” Cutsuries said. “I’m expecting 105 to 110 mph because it should be very, very light. It’s not going to have a full cabin.
Retail pricing has yet to be set.