Out of production for decades, Kryptonite models made a name for themselves in single-engine offshore V-bottom competition against their equally famous and competitive Superboat V-bottom rivals. With the recent acquisition of the Kryptonite 27- and 29-foot sportboat and center console molds by Superboat, which is based in Lindenhurst, N.Y., the vaunted high-performance V-bottoms will be under one roof.
The 27-foot Kryptonite model is known in offshore racing circles as one of the most competitive single-engine V-bottoms ever built. Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image.
“This is big news for anybody who has ever followed offshore racing in the single-engine V-bottom ranks,” said Johnny Saris of the Saris Racing Engines team, which formerly campaigned a 27-foot Kryptonite in Offshore Powerboat Association Class 5 competition before stepping up to its current twin engine 32-foot Cobra in Class 4. “Only 19 Kryptonites ever existed, and man do they run. In OPA Class 5 and Super Boat International Factory 1, the Kryptonites and the Superboats were the cream of the crop. Superboat buying the Kryptonite molds is a game changer.”
Based in Bolton Landing, N.Y., Performance Marine—the home of Saris Racing Engines—is a Superboat (and now Kryptonite 27 and 29 V-bottoms) dealer. Saris said that most will likely be built as pleasure boats, though raceboat builds certainly will be an option.
“The 27 Kryptonite is one of the few single-engine V-bottoms I’ve ever driven that is stable at 100 mph,” he added. “We’re super excited about them bringing back these incredible boats, which of which will be pleasure boats.”
Editor’s Note: Superboat founder/owner John Coen could not be reached for comment when this story went live.