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Dave’s Custom Boats (DCB). The last time we checked in with the El Cajon, Calif., builder the 41-footer was in the beginning stages of rigging.It’s been a while—a whole seven weeks—since speedonthewater.com’s last update on the M41 Widebody from
Today, the boat, which is powered by a pair of turbocharged Mercury Racing 1350 engines, is nearly finished. As quickly as the crew can obtain and fit a set of tailpipes and put the finishing touches on the engine and interior installation, the boat will be ready for testing. It may happen before Christmas, but if not, we can expect a report around the beginning of the year.
Soon after, the boat will be on its way to the Miami International Boat Show, which takes place Feb. 14-18. It’s unclear whether the M41 will be part of the in-water Mercury demo area or on display at the Miami Beach Convention Center, but there’s a strong possibility it will be running in the Florida Powerboat Club’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run following the show.
To haul the boat to Miami and all of the other destinations the stunning catamaran will visit in 2013 and beyond, the tilt trailer was designed by Lugo Manufacturing.
In the various hey-days of offshore racing, it wasn’t uncommon, between rescue and media helicopters, to have as many as eight
“birds” in the air. Pre-race pilot meetings were—and still are—every bit as important as drivers meetings. Even as a journalist covering a race from a helicopter, my top priority wasn’t watching the action below. It was helping the pilot watch out for other helicopters.
Today’s smaller offshore racing fleets mean fewer helicopters above them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still up there, as this Tim Sharkey photo from the 2012 Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships in Jupiter, Fla., proves. Sharkey captured this image of the Zip Express raceboat framed by two low-flying Robinson helicopters from the upper deck of a nearby yacht.
“I thought the chance of nailing this shot was slim to none, but it all fell right into place,” said Sharkey. “I was at the same altitude as the two choppers and caught a prop shot of Zip Express dead center of the two of them.”
Worth noting: Even though the boat doesn’t have as much air as the helicopters, it’s still flying.
In just his second race, Qatar Team driver Terry Rinker, who resides in Florida, finished second overall in Friday afternoon’s 34-lap Grand Prix of Sharjah, the final round of the 2012 Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) F1 H2O World Championship on the United Arab Emirates’ Khalid Lagoon.
Team Abu Dhabi driver Thani Al-Qamzi finished two seconds ahead of Rinker, clinching the UIM F1 H2O Teams’ Championship for Team Abu Dhabi. The shortened race was yellow-flagged on three occasions but each time Rinker was unable to overtake Al-Qamzi, who held on to record his first win of the season.
"It was a wonderful experience coming here in filling in as a driver for the outstanding Qatar Team," said Rinker, a multi-time national champion in various classes. "I am overjoyed with the drive and working with so many fellows I know back home, including my radioman and old partner in Brendan Power. We are like 'meat and potatoes' after being together for so many years. Just like silk. Got the job done and had fun doing it at the same time. That's what it is all about."
I know, it seems strange to be writing about a kitchen appliance on speedonthewater.com, but when a company like KitchenAid teams up with one of the best boat painters in the business, it's newsworthy.
From motorhomes and helicopters to furniture and fine art, Loucks has expressed his creativity on a variety of canvases over the years. Obviously we know him from the dozens of Outerlimits, Skaters and other performance boats he and his talented crew have painted over the years, but now Loucks will be known among chefs and foodies around the world.
“This whole thing is really neat,” Loucks said. “We’ve been painting a lot of custom toasters and we’ve done some other appliances. Whenever we do things like that we send it off to show the manufacturers. Well, for KitchenAid, they loved the concept. I guess, from the president down, the company mindset is that the mixers needed to be customized. That’s the next level.
“Did you know they sold two million of these things in one year?” he added. “You can only change the colors so many times, so the next level is to do some in cheetah print or with flowers on them.”