Inside SOTW Mag: Statement 380 Center Console Profile—Ultimate Role Player

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A current island hopper and future yacht tender, a 38-foot Statement Marine center console is proving to be the perfect choice for its New Jersey-based owners. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

In what Walter and Donna Molosh hope will be the not-too-distant future, their 2016 Statement Marine 380 center console powered by triple Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines will begin pulling relatively light duty as a yacht tender. Well-known in the New Jersey performance boating community, particularly for their former 40-foot Skater catamaran, the couple is looking at yachts in the 60- to 70-foot range from the likes of Hatteras and Sea-Ray, and they are serious enough about buying one to have had Statement Marine in St. Petersburg, Fla., install a tender pole for towing their 38-footer when they ordered it.

But in the meantime, they’re not waiting around for their big-boat acquisition to tour the Bahamas—they’re just doing it in their Statement 380, which currently is stored at Brand X Hi-Performance Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla.

“We usually leave from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) and head to Bimini,” said Molosh, who in addition to the Skater 40 once owned a 36-foot Nor-Tech catamaran and a couple of 38-foot Formula V-bottom sportboats. “Then we head for the Exumas, Eleuthra and the Abacos.”

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Inside SOTW Mag: DCB’s A-Team

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With a few key employees gaining partial ownership in the performance boat company last year, DCB has its A-Team in place for the future.

It’s fitting that A is the only one of the alphabet’s first four letters missing from “DCB”—aka Dave’s Custom Boats, aka DCB Racing, aka DCB Performance Boats. Why is that? Because DCB has what many consider to be an A-Team in place leading the company into an apparently bright future.

Not only does the El Cajon, Calif., boat builder keep on churning out ever-improving M29, M31, M35 and M41 catamarans, between majority owner Rob Blair, founder Dave Hemmingson and the three newest owners in DCB—Tony Chiaramonte, Jeff Johnston and Paul Miller—the builder continues to innovate while creating new boats and bringing renewed life to older models. Next up from the company are the “more attainable” outboard- powered M28, which should be water-tested in May, and the “bigger-ticket big daddy” M44, which is expected to be on the water in early summer. And, there’s more to come—we just can’t talk about it yet.

There’s no doubt DCB has been a creative, original, innovative, respected company since Hemmingson founded it more than 25 years ago, but over the last few years the company has been on overdrive in terms of new creations, brand awareness, social media reach and team- building efforts.

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Inside SOTW Mag: The Erik Christiansen Interview

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Erik Christiansen (right) was groomed for the top job at Mercury Racing by industry legend Fred Kiekhaefer (left).

This year, Erik Christiansen, the general manager of Mercury Racing in Fond du Lac, Wis., celebrates a couple of big anniversaries. Not only is this the 49-year-old’s fifth year heading the high-performance marine engine and accessories outfit, it’s his 20th year with Mercury Marine. And to celebrate those milestones Christiansen, who started as an engineer with Mercury’s four-stroke outboard engine program and was integral to the early development of the supercharged Verado outboard series launched in 2004, did what he’s done for the past 20 years.

He went to work.

That doesn’t mean Christiansen, who with his wife, Christa, is raising daughters Hope and Hana (the latter named for the remote Maui hamlet where she was conceived) in Port Washington, is obsessed with his job, which he took over from Fred Kiekhaefer, Mercury Racing’s longtime president and marine industry force of nature. But Christiansen loves what he does for a living, and he’s the first person to admit it.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Sterling 1100-Power Skater Profile—The Power Within

By the time the second day of the Miami International Boat Show rolled around, Mike D’Anniballe of Sterling Performance Engines was pretty sick of hearing the best joke of the event. For longtime friends of the renowned engine builder, knowing that made it even more fun to keep hammering home.

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Powered by twin 1,100-hp Sterling Performance engines, Mike and Connie D’Anniballe’s Skater 388 is one spectacular boat. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“So Mike, how do you like your Mercury Racing 1100s?” asked one smartass (well, OK, this smartass) who knew full well that the supercharged 1,100-hp engines in D’Anniballe’s new Skater 388 catamaran were built by his company in Milford, Mich. “About time you switched to some reliable power.”

“Do you know how many times I’ve heard that today?”

D’Anniballe responded. A mistake by another media outlet that reported the 38-footer was powered by Mercury Racing 1100s had provided the ammunition for all the good-natured jabs at the well-known owner. That the outlet in question corrected its error almost immediately made no difference. D’Anniballe was in for merciless ribbing for the duration of the Miami show.

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Inside SOTW Mag: One And Done—Exploring The Verado ROS-Powered Skater 368

Here is the first thing you need to know about the new low-profile, lightweight Skater Powerboats 368 catamaran owned by Matt Rice, who lives in Hanover, Pa., and has a second home on Florida’s idyllic Siesta Key: It’s an absolute one-off—and for a different reason than all Skater models are essentially one-offs, though that’s also true with Rice’s new 36-footer.

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Owned by former offshore racer Matt Rice, a new Skater 368 cat is the first—and most likely the last—pleasure boat to be powered by Mercury Racing Verado ROS outboard engines. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But in this case, the unique nature of the Skater 368 built and rigged to exacting weight specifications has as much or more to do with the power package than anything else. The catamaran is the first go-fast pleasure boat built in this country—make that the world—to be outfitted with 400-hp Mercury Racing Verado ROS outboards created specifically and exclusively for the XCAT World Series racing under the Union Internationale Motonautique sanctioning umbrella. Mercury built approximately 40 Verado ROS outboards for the UIM, which in turn leased them to XCAT teams. They were designed for racing, not high- performance pleasure-boating applications.

So how did they end up on what will be, with the exception of perhaps one powerboat race this season, a pleasure boat for the rest of its life? The answer, of course, is in the question. Part of the deal between Mercury Racing and Skater Powerboats stipulated that the boat had to run in at least one race this year. Exactly where and when that race will be has not been finalized, but the best bet based on class structure would be an Offshore Powerboat Association event.

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