What was promised by my colleagues during the 1997 Powerboat Magazine Performance Trials as my first 100-mph boat ride came up three miles per hour short. And from the copilot’s seat of an Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats 37 Stiletto, the only model the company made at the time, I could not have cared less.
The 37-footer that started it all is alive and well—and for sale.
Riding with Bob Teague in the 37-footer powered by twin 800-plus-hp Richie Zul engines, I felt like I was flying. The wind noise and pressure reminded me a lot of skydiving—my hobby at the time—but the experience was a bit scarier because I had no control.
Freefalling through the sky was familiar territory. But rocketing across the water at near-freefall speeds? Not so much.
Of course, I never forgot the experience. So when Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats sales manager Dan Kleitz posted something about the first 37 Stiletto ever built being up for sale at Grand Sport Center, Inc., a pre-owned performance-boat sales, consignment and brokerage outfit with two operations in Northern Illinois, I had to take a closer look.
Built in 1994, the 37-footer isn’t just the first Stiletto. It is the first Outerlimits, the first creation from company founder Mike Fiore.