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While in Puerto Rico for the Caribbean International Boat Show in March, representatives from Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats were able to get out and tour the waterways in and around Fajardo’s Puerto del Rey Marina in the company’s triple-engine 390 Sport.
During one outing they came across an unusual vessel, which turned out to be a floating movie set. Sunset, a ship that has appeared in the last three “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, was docked in Fajardo. Although you can’t see it in the image, the transom has the boat name with Long Beach, CA below it.
Notice the combatant skeleton up front. I know, nothing about this shot says speed, but you have to admit it’s still pretty cool—and it was taken by Mario Vazquez from a performance center console so it passes my test.
You can read more about Nor-Tech’s Exotic Escapes in Puerto Rico here.
According to the organizers of the Desert Storm Poker Run and the crew at Dave's Custom Boats (DCB), one of the participating poker run boats—a silver M35 Widebody catamaran—flipped during the first leg of the poker run on Arizona's Lake Havasu.
The two participants escaped the accident with minimal injuries after the boat, which is powered by Teague Custom Marine 1365/1500 engines, cut across a couple of boat wakes, got out of shape and blew over.
"The boat launched up and kind of went up on it side," McDonald said. "We were running right next to them. Right when I started to tell Mike to pull back, all of the sudden the boat caught some air and blew straight over."
A thick New York accent cut through the vocal din in front of the Speedonthewater.com display at the Desert Storm Street Party in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., yesterday afternoon. You don’t expect to bump into a go-fast boat nut from New Jersey in Arizona—though maybe you should at an event as popular as Desert Storm—but damn if Dave Kopke, a 30-something Long Island guy who owns a 29-foot Hustler Rockit, wasn’t standing right in front of me and shaking my hand.
"Matt, Dave Kopke!” he said. “You remember me, right?”
Of course I did. During a story I wrote about shadowing John Cosker of Mystic Powerboats at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, I met Kopke and his friend Mike Moreno in the Concept booth. Kopke and his buddy came to the show “just to check out” all the new go-fast boats and hardware. They were in heaven.
Kopke was in heaven again, at least he seemed to be, in Lake Havasu—with one small disclaimer.
“It’s really hard to be here without my boat,” he said.
That’s because his trip to Desert Storm was part vacation, part reconnaissance mission. He flew to Phoenix, where he stores his Porsche for the winter at a friend’s house. Then he drove to Lake Havasu.
You’d never guess it from the photos in this article, but the 40-foot catamaran from Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) pictured is the former Speed Racer race boat that competed in Cat Lite with twin Mercury Racing HP525EFI engines.
Broadco Property Restoration—the name on the side of the boat—in Michigan, the 40-footer will make its racing debut with a pair 1,000-hp Scorpion Racing engines in a couple of weeks.Purchased earlier this year from Missouri performance boater Randy Wild by offshore racer Chuck Broaddus, who owns
Competing in the newly modified Offshore Powerboat Association (OPA) Extreme class, Broaddus and throttleman Jay Muller just started testing the boat, which received the final touches on its complete graphics overhaul yesterday from Kinetic Animation in Sarasota, Fla. According to Broaddus, the boat is en route to North Carolina where Reggie Fountain III of Real Fast Marine will be putting the finishes touches on the MTI.
“We’re pretty fired up about the new boat,” said Broaddus, who can’t wait for the OPA season opener on Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey on May 10-12. “I was planning to race in Class 100 again until OPA changed the Extreme class, which became pretty appealing with the 135-mph top speed. We’re planning to run the entire OPA season and I’d like to squeeze in a couple of Super Boat International races such as the Sarasota Grand Prix and the Michigan City Grand Prix.
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