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In a US1 radio (FM 104.1) interview aired earlier this week, veteran news director/on-air personality Bill Becker caught up with Key West, Fla., city commissioner Mark Rossi and city manager Bob Vitas. Both men expressed confidence in the city's ability to keep the Super Boat International Offshore Championships from leaving for either Clearwater or Sarasota, Fla.
"I spoke with John (Carbonell, SBI president/owner) and John is entertaining offers from other cities," Rossi said in his interview with Becker. "When John gets his offers in from other cities and we see what other cities have submitted to John, John's assured me that he will come back to us and tell us what he's looking for with these races."
Although no one is ever going to forget the record-breaking 224-mph run at the 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout by Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe in Tomlinson's 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran My Way, Ron Duggan, the lead organizer of the committee behind the popular powerboat event in Missouri, is hoping another Shootout record that fell is never forgotten—the one for most money donated.
Last month, Duggan, who owns Captain Ron's where the Shootout has been held for the last six years, announced that the 25th annual event set a record for money donated with $115,000 (read the story here). This topped the previous year's mark of $100,000 and brought the total amount given to local charities and fire departments since the event was moved to Captain Ron's to more than $430,000.
Kicking off with a stunning 12-page "Year in Pictures" feature—the first of its kind in the high-performance powerboating media world—the November/December issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine is live and can be downloaded free by clicking here.
With more than 40 captivating images from photographers Jeff Gerardi, Jay Nichols and Tim Sharkey, the "Year in Pictures" feature captures the highs and lows of the 2013 go-fast boating season. Thanks to the bi-monthly magazine's active PDF platform, the headline for each photo links directly to the original news story that appeared on speedonthewater.com.
In addition to the photo essay, feature articles in the new 60-page electronic magazine include:
For the last several months, Whipple Superchargers has been testing and fine-tuning its latest upgrade package, a PCM (powertrain control module) upgrade for Mercury Marine's 8.2L-based engine family, and is ready to bring it to market. Available for the MerCruiser engines—the 380-hp 8.2 Mag and the 430-hp 8.2 Mag H.O.—Whipple's easy-to-install package essentially swaps out the stock PCM for one from the Fresno, Calif., company that has specialized in automotive and marine supercharging and calibration development for more than 25 years.
Providing increased rpm limits, which allow for more propeller options, as well as increased fuel and spark curve for significant power gains throughout the rpm range, the upgrade packages are available for both cable-based and digital-throttle-equipped engines. Each package also is offered with calibrations for stock exhaust manifolds, stock catalytic converters and aftermarket headers.
According to Dustin Whipple, the company provides two options, both of which have a flat torque curve for excellent midrange punch. The Stage 1 kit ($795) features gains of more than 55 hp and 15 ft./lb. of torque over the base 8.2 Mag model and is compatible with 89-octane fuel. The Stage 2 kit ($995), which is 91-octane compatible, provides a more aggressive spark curve for far greater torque and significant acceleration improvements. The performance gains, according to testing done at Whipple Superchargers (see the charts below), are more than 85 hp and 50 ft./lb. of torque over the base model.