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Speed On The Water
Cypress, Calif., performance boater Charley Guest has owned his share of catamarans from Dave’s Custom Boats—four to be exact—but when it came time for his next boat, he wanted something that would be a little more fun to drive on the Colorado River near his place in Mohave Valley, Ariz.
Ilmor High-Performance Marine, it’s just that the boat was a little large for the stretch of river he frequents most often.It’s not that Guest didn’t enjoy the fast and agile F-32 catamaran with twin 625-hp MV10 engines from
So, roughly two years ago, Guest sold his F-32 and picked up a well-used 2003 Mach 26 cat with twin Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboard engines. The all-white boat with DCB Racing decals on it needed some work, including a reshoot of the gelcoat, so Guest, who had always wanted to build a “Speed Racer” theme boat, did just that. And he’s been enjoying the 26-footer all summer with his wife, Jennifer, and three sons, Tyler, Bryce and Brody, including running the boat at DCB’s ninth annual regatta last month.
When the first order for the Hermes & Zeus IF 60 luxury high-performance yacht designed by Theodoros Fotiadis comes in, John Cosker and the crew at Mystic Powerboats in Deland, Fla., will fill it. That’s the word from Cosker, who has taken a number of contract-build jobs for boat builders including GTMM, Powerplay and Powerboat P1 USA during the past year.
“Theodoros actually reached out to us through Stu Jones at the Florida Powerboat Club,” said Cosker, the founder and owner of Mystic. “We’re still waiting for the first order, but we think it’s going to be a great project.”
According to a story on luxactic.com, a “luxury toy” and lifestyle website, the stepped-hull 60-footer is designed to achieve speeds of 180 knots—207 mph—with twin 2,200 turbine engines and will reach 90 knots—104 mph—with twin 1,600-hp MTU turbo-diesel engines. The interior layout for the yacht includes a master stateroom and guest stateroom, an aft salon and a seven- to three-seat cockpit.
Mystic will build the yacht with epoxy, E-glass and carbon fiber, just as it builds its own 50-catamarans, and post cure the hull and deck. Price is approximately $3.6 million.
Baja Marine, Inc., has acquired the assets of Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line Boats from American Marine Holdings, Inc., according to a press release from the company. All four brands will operate as independent entities and will be manufactured at the Baja Marine facility in Washington, N.C.
According to the release, the acquisition was prompted by ongoing demand from customers and dealers for new boats from Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line since American Marine Holdings suspended production of these brands in 2011. Production of Donzi, Fountain and Pro-Line models will resume in 2013.
“We are going to visit each of the brands and revise their offerings,” said Johnny Walker, the chief executive officer of Baja Marine, in a telephone interview this morning. “There are some boats in the Fountain brand, for example, that haven’t been built in seven or eight years. So we are going to refresh everything, and take a look at the boats that are in demand and are not in demand. All of that will be referenced in each boat brand’s website when their new websites go online. We’re hoping to have the Donzi and Pro-Line sites online by the end of the month. The Fountain brand and website will be a work in progress. We are going about all of it carefully and systematically.
“We have been talking to our dealers, who are ready to go, and we already have a healthy list of customers,” he continued. “Craig Barrie (the vice president of sales and marketing for all brands) is taking orders for boats as we speak.”
The Baja Marine plant currently is building Baja sportboats from 23 to 35 feet in four model lines: Outlaw, Performance, Islander and the new GT Series. The new Baja 30 GT will debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later this month.
Active Thunder Powerboats is getting ready to rig and paint its first Mercury Racing 565 engine-powered V-bottom—a 37’ Excess. The twin-engine, stepped-hull 37-footer will be unveiled—and for sale—at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show in February.
“We expect it to run in the low 90-mph range with the 565s,” said Patrick Haughey, the principal of the Pompano Beach, Fla., custom go-fast boat company. “We build a heavy boat—it will weigh 10,000 pounds—so we don’t expect it to be much faster than that.”
Haughey said the boat will be painted “Ferrari red,” and will be outfitted with a number of upgrades including David Hunter-designed graphics, a 15-inch Garmin GPS unit, a 3,000 watt stereo system with ten speakers and a billet-engraved aluminum swim platform with the Active Thunder logo.
The “Miami show price” for the boat, which includes an $88,3650 show discount, is $314,900.