Retired from the offshore racecourse several years ago in a career that was as successful as it was controversial, an Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SV 29 raceboat that ran in Super Boat International’s Superboat V class will return to the circuit this year with a brand-new Stephen Miles Design paintjob. Michael “Doc” Janssen, sold the single-engine canopied 29-footer to his longtime teammate Brian Forehand two years ago, but the boat has been dormant ever since.
Once testing is complete, Stephen Miles will take delivery of the 29-footer are start on its paintwork.
Reached by phone yesterday, Forehand was enthusiastic and in good spirits—but tight-lipped—about his plan to return to the racecourse this season as Marker 17 Marine, his business in Wilmington, N.C., and the new name for the boat, which formerly ran as Snowy Mountain Brewery.
Forehand, who in 2014 set a V-bottom kilometer speed record of 180.464-mph kilo mark in an Outerlimits SV 43, will drive and throttle boat as is his preference. “I haven’t decided who will ride with me,” he said, then chuckled. “I really don’t know.”
Testing of the repainted 29-footer is ongoing. While Forehand didn’t announce exactly when it will return to the racecourse, a debut at the SBI event Aug. 3-5 in Michigan City, Ind., is likely. After testing is complete, Stephen Miles will paint the boat at his facility in Owensboro, Ky.
For Miles, the connection to the vaunted SV 29 raceboat is as personal as it is professional and he’s hoping to bring on paint manufacturing leader Spies Hecker on board as a sponsor.
Snowy Mountain Brewery was a dominant and—thanks to a couple of technical rule infractions—controversial raceboat in SBI’s Superboat V class.
“I’m a big offshore race fan—I love this stuff—and I have been for years so I’m into it,” he said. “This boat wins. I’ll be proud to have my name on it.”