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Sterling 1700s Making 1875 HP, Headed For 46’ Skater

If current plans hold, twin 1,875-hp turbocharged engines from Sterling Performance will be installed next week in a 46-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran called Just Deal With It. With an output of 1,700 hp apiece, Sterling’s original pair of 557-cubic-inch turbo engines, which powered a 36-foot Skater cat to 195 mph at the 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, have been substantially modified and reconfigured.


Twin Sterling 1875 turbocharged engines are headed for Just Deal With It, a 46-foot cat from Skater Powerboats (click image to enlarge).

“The package is more compact,” said Mike D’Anniballe, the owner and founder of the Milford, Mich., company. “They have a whole new inlet system, different turbos, different intercoolers and a new cam. They’re making about 1,875 hp on the dyno.”

The original 1,700-hp engines were more than three years in the making. The recent modifications upped their output significantly. In a recent speedonthewater.com story, D’Anniballe estimated the reconfigured powerplants would make close to 1,900 hp—and they did.

For a closer look at the details of the repackaged Sterling 1875 engine, check out the slideshow above.

D’Anniballe said he hopes that having the engines in a high-profile performance catamaran will lead to additional orders for his company’s high-output turbocharged offerings.

“We’re pleased with the results and we can’t wait to see them perform,” he said. “Of course, we still have plenty of other things going on. There’s never a dull moment around here.”

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