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Brett Campbell, a primary subcontractor for Kachina Boats for many years, remembers when the first 39 Patron V-bottom from the Phoenix boat builder was pulled from the molds in 2007. Now, some five years later, the boat has finally made it to the water.
CP Marine, a powerboat service business specializing in maintenance, rigging, upholstery, paint and more, ran the boat at Lake Pleasant in Arizona last week.Campbell, who owns
“For a 16,000-pound boat with a pair of staggered Mercury Racing 525s, this thing turned out to be pretty fast,” Campbell said. “We still have some work to do, but I was pleased with its performance. I was banging the rev-limiter at 5500 rpm at 70 mph. The slip is up there at 22 percent. We need to space down a little and get to around 7 percent slip. If we can do that, the boat will do 75 mph, maybe even close to 80.”
The one-and-only 39 Patron was actually on display at the 2010 Desert Storm Poker Run. Although, according Campbell, it had nothing finished besides the engines being mounted “without any guts” and a “thrown-together” cockpit interior, which he is planning to redo for the current owner, who bought the boat off repossession and turned it over to CP Marine for completion last fall.
Production of a 50-foot, turbine-powered Mystic catamaran for the Qatar Marine Sports Federation started today, according to John Cosker, the principal of Mystic Powerboats in Deland, Fla. The Qatar team will campaign the cat, which was commissioned by Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, in the United States during the 2013 offshore racing season.
“Hopefully, we will have it finished in the next four months,” Cosker said in a telephone interview this afternoon. “From there it will go to rigging, graphics and testing. We have to have it ready for them in time for the (2013) Miami Boat Show.”
Cosker said his point people for the project have been Sheikh Hassan, as well as renowned offshore racing throttleman Steve Curtis.
The boat initially will be set up with twin T-53 turbine engines from Whispering Turbines for offshore racing.
“In August (2013), it will be ready to accept T-55 engines for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout,” Cosker said.
After letting the dust settle from Dave's Custom Boats' (DCB) journey to and from the Miami International Boat Show in mid-February, a phone to call Dave Hemmingson, founder and president of DCB, was answered yesterday with a refreshing and enthusiastic tone.
Hemmingson and the DCB crew, including co-owner Rob Blair, enjoyed a strong show in Miami, with the potential of at least a few sales.
"I love Miami—I think it's the best show in the world," Hemmingson said. "We're wrapping up a couple of deals from the show, maybe more. We got great response. Everyone was anxious to see the M41."
Slated for introduction this spring, 43’ Punisher V-bottom from Checkmate Marine is the largest model the Bucyrus, Ohio, company has built since it was founded. Checkmate currently builds sportboats from 18 to 30 feet long.
“I’m extremely excited to introduce the working design of the newest and largest model from Checkmate,” said Doug Smith, the president and owner of Checkmate Marine, in a press release from the company. “This design was something we’ve thought of doing for a while, and now we sensed the timing is right. The 43’ Punisher will be world class, an instant classic and one that boating enthusiasts will enjoy for many years.”
The 43-footer’s hull is “derived’ from original Chief molds, according to the release. Owned by Indiana businessmen, the tooling was loaned to Checkmate for the new model and “a variety of productions.” Lamination materials reportedly include balsa coring, bi- and tri-axle glass and vinylester resin. The interior for the boat is being designed by Checkmate in collaboration with McLeod Design.
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