Sterling Performance principalMike D’Anniballe had hoped his company’s first 1,700-hp turbocharged engines would be showcased this season in 2012 at poker runs and major high-performance powerboat events such as the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. But for whatever reason, the Skater catamaran powered by those monster motors didn’t make the go-fast boat scene this year, so D’Anniballe picked up a Skater cat of his own (Read the story) that he plans to outfit with another pair of 1700s and send to major events around the country in 2013. Here’s what the founder of the Milford, Mich., company had to say about the highs of lows of 2012.
High: Our high is that, knock on wood, our business is doing very well. When you combine our engine business with our product durability testing business we, knock on wood again, are having a banner year.
Low: The low is the uncertainty of the future related to the economy. Are people going to keep buying upper-level boats? What’s going to happen with Obama Care? All of it. To accomplish anything is just going to be more difficult.