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It’s quite possible that you’ve been following along as OffShoreOnly.com member Panther has been providing updates in the “Another Chief in the Mold” thread in the newly formed Chief Owners section. Or maybe you’ve been keeping up with the build via Facebook. Either way—or even if you know nothing about the latest project to come out of the Chief Powerboats’ camp—there is a lot of buzz surrounding the second 42-footer built by the company in the last year.
The follow up to Warparth, the 42-foot race boat that competed in the United Kingdom’s Venture Cup Prologue Race in June, the new 42 Warrior recently left the company’s assembly shop in Port Orange, Fla., and arrived earlier this week in Elkhart, Ind., at The Art of Design (TAOD) for its one-of-a-kind paint job.
Checking the news feed on my Facebook page last night before I called it quits online, I came across an amazing photo of Johnny Saris holding an electric guitar and looking like something out of a classic issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Johnny, a 20-year-old college student, is driver of the father-and-son offshore racing team called Saris Racing, which won an Offshore Powerboat Association World Championship this year in its class. His father, Jason, an experienced engine builder and offshore racer of note, handles the throttles.
And they both handle electric guitars in Blue Moon, a band they've played in together for five years.
It makes perfect sense that you know the Tres Martin Performance Boat School from the high-performance powerboat world and, as such, associate it with seriously fast boats that can top 150 mph. After all, go-fast catamarans and V-bottoms are your passion. And since Martin started the program, which can actually lower your insurance premiums with most companies if you complete the course (though you do, of course, need to check with your individual insurer to see if your boat qualifies for a discount), in 2003 and was joined the following year by fellow expert instructor Brad Schoenwald, the school has become the place to get the very best in go-fast boat driving instruction.
Despite a rough run during the 2013 Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships earlier this month, the Spirit of Qatar team will continue running twin turbine engines—1,800 hp for offshore racing and 3,000 hp for special events—in Al Ada'aam 96, the team's 50-foot catamaran from Mystic Powerboats. That's the official word from the Qatar team, which saw the 50-footer break down three times, with a mechanical issue that led to an engine compartment fire in the final race, on its way to the Turbine-class world title.
"It came to our attention that there are rumors that Al Ada'aam 96 will be converted to piston engines for the 2014 season," said Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Athani in an official statement from the team. "That 'news' is not true whatsoever. The boat will be repaired from the fire damage and will have the turbines back in, and we welcome any challenge from other turbine or piston boat."