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Speed On The Water
For Jeff Johnston, director of sales and marketing for Hering Propellers, his highlight from 2013 was a no-brainer—getting married to longtime girlfriend Nichole Overson in Newport Beach, Calif., in early October. Six weeks later the newlyweds were running around Key West, Fla., during the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run and the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships. Key West was one of a half-dozen performance boat events Johnston attended in 2013, so choosing a high point wasn't that easy.
In February, Hollywood, Fla.-based custom center console builder Midnight Express began converting all its models from conventional lamination to resin infusion. When the transition of the company's 37-footer is complete early next year, all of the builder's models will be built exclusively using the process.
Unlike the process of vacuum bagging, the infusion process does not remove excess resin from fiberglass (or epoxy from carbon fiber) using a vacuum after both are placed in a bag to form a hull, deck or part. Instead, all of the dry materials go into the bag and then the resin is pumped into the bag through a series of hoses and vacuum-infused into those materials.
At the end of this week Gary Ballough will be catching a flight from Florida to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the seventh and final race of the 2013 Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) XCAT World Series taking place December 12-14. Racing his fifth season on the overseas outboard-powered catamaran circuit, Ballough and teammate Omar Danial of Switzerland have their Mouawad boat within striking distance of the overall championship.
A win in Dubai—the hometown of the Victory Team-backed Fazza boat that holds the series lead with 1,501 points compared to second-place Mouawad (1,290) and third-place Skydive Dubai (1,206)—would give Ballough and Danial their first XCAT championship, a title Ballough says would probably be the most gratifying trophy of his accomplished offshore racing career.
With his 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamarans still earning raves from owner-fans such as Tom Borisch and Ron Szolack, it's been a good year for John Cosker, the owner and founder of the DeLand, Fla.-based custom high-performance boat company. In 2013, Mystic both "down-sized" with the sale of the tooling for its 60- and 70-foot sport yachts to Midnight Express and "upsized"—so to speak—with the beginning of its C4000 series of 40-foot catamarans (read the story), which will be the smallest offerings in the Mystic line.