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The team at AMF Offshore Rigging in Riviera Beach, Fla., is going big—literally. In addition to preparing Miss Geico, the well-known turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran, top rigger Gary Stray and his crew are working on three other big-boat projects.
One of the projects, a restoration of a 47’ Apache V-bottom headed for Trinidad, is being equipped with twin 1,450-hp turbine engines. Yet another classic high-performance powerboat, a 46-foot aluminum Cougar V-bottom, is being fitted with triple 710-hp Ilmor Marine V-10 engines. The boat will be used in the 2012 Cowes-to-Torquay endurance off the coast of England. On the less “vintage” side, AMF is installing triple Yanmar diesel engines in a 51-foot Outerlimits V-bottom.
“I can look out my office window and see all three of the boats being work on,” said Scott Begovich, one of the partners in AMF Offshore Rigging and throttleman for Miss Geico. “It’s really cool.”
The largest model from Dave’s Custom Boats at 41-feet long with a 10’10” beam, the M41 Widebody catamaran will be offered with or without a center pod, according to Dave Hemmingson, the principal of the El Cajon, Calif., custom high-performance boat company. The 41-footer is slated to debut at the annual Desert Storm event in late April in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
“Our precision tooling is designed to do a pod or non-pod boat, so it’s no big deal offering it both ways” said Hemmingson in a telephone interview this afternoon “The M41 has a giant tunnel that’s 66 inches wide and huge sponsons, so it will do really well with or without a pod. Both version are going to be phenomenal performers.”
Hemmingson said he expects to receive orders for the cat, which will go into full production in two to three months, in both versions.
“It’s really going to come down to personal preference,” he said. “We have our believers who absolutely love the center pod, and then there are guys who definitely prefer a non-pod boat. As I said, we designed our precision tooling to do either with no problem.”
Sparing a few minutes of his time in between preparation for this week's Los Angeles Boat Show, which starts on Thursday, Eliminator Boats owner Bob Leach expressed his optimism for the 56th annual show.
"We've got some beautiful new boats on display this year," said Leach, admitting that sales were nonexistent for his company and other performance-boat builders in L.A. the last couple of years. "Hopefully we can sell a few boats at the show this week."
Leach informed us that the company has four new boats on order at the moment, and that he'd like to add more boats to that list by the end of this weekend. Eliminator will have four different models at the show—a 27 Daytona Speedster, a 28 Fun Deck, a 30 Daytona and a new version of its 27 Daytona with a walk-through and an open bow.
Leach and company will be at the L.A. Convention Center all weekend to answer any questions or walk potential customers through one of the catamaran models. While he serves as a board member for the Southern California Marine Association, which produces the show, he expressed disappointment in the drop off in performance-boat participation.
"I'd attend the show whether I was on the board or not," Leach said. "The bottom line is that we have to support this show—we can't just let it fail. It can and will be a great avenue for this business."
Members of the media and attendees at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show will get the first look at the Outerlimits SV29 V-bottom on Thursday, Feb. 16— tagged “Premier Day” by the show organizers—at 11 a.m. That’s when Mike Fiore, the owner of the Bristol, Rhode Island, custom high-performance boat company, and other members of the Outerlimits team, will pull the sheet off the 29-footer, which will be powered by a Mercury Racing 600SCi engine.
“The 29 is a very important boat for us,” said Fiore. “It’s a big deal for us—it’s our first single-engine boat and the smallest model we’ve ever built. We think people will be impressed with the 29, but we’re looking forward to seeing the reaction when we pull the sheet of the boat at 11 a.m. on Thursday.”
The three-boat Outerlimits display will be outside the Miami Convention Center at space No. 3453.
Editor’s Note: Premier Day tickets cost $35, while tickets for other days of the show are $18. A five-day pass for the entire show costs $80.
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