Skater, Mercury, DCB, Statement and More Highlighted in SOTW March/April Digital Magazine

It would have been hard to top the last digital magazine that featured reviews of five Miami International Boat Show boats and several other cool stories, but we tried our best and produced an issue we think rivals the last one in terms of compelling content. Featuring a straight-shooting Q&A with Erik Christiansen, the leader of Mercury Racing, and the cover story about the first (and maybe only) pleasure boat with Mercury Racing’s Verado ROS outboard engines—Skater Powerboats new 368—you’re sure to enjoy the March/April 2017 edition of Speed On The Water Magazine, which can be downloaded for FREE here.

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The new issue also includes a closer look at Walter and Donna Molosh’s double-duty 38-foot center console from Statement Marine, Mike and Connie D’Anniballe’s Skater 388 with twin Sterling Performance engines, and the upcoming Super Boat International season opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Also featured is a product spotlight on the Verado ROS outboard, two On Scene features from Florida Powerboat Club and Fort Myers Offshore events, and the debut of Tomlinson’s Take, a column by TNT Custom Marine owner John Tomlinson that will run every other issue in rotation with Teague’s Take by Bob Teague, owner of Teague Custom Marine.

Last but not least, check out the in-depth article on the “new” leadership behind DCB Performance Boats. With a few key employees gaining partial ownership more than a year ago, the custom performance boat company appears to have an A-Team in place for the future.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Product Spotlight—Livorsi Marine Stepped Trim Tabs

Two years after showcasing its new trim tabs at the Miami International Boat Show, Livorsi Marine is taking the trim tab to the next level with another “but of course” product. The Grayslake, Ill., company, which has created countless innovative products over the past three decades, announced two days before this year’s boat show in Miami that it would be unveiling its new patent-pending Livorsi Marine 1150 trim tabs featuring a multi-stepped design.


Livorsi Marine unveiled its patent-pending multi- stepped trim tabs, which come in four styles, at the Miami International Boat Show.

As Livorsi Marine explained in its product release, stepped- bottom hulls, which have been around for decades, have proven that stepped-hull designs increase speed, reduce drag and improve overall efficiency. Applying the same dynamics, Livorsi’s new multi-stepped tabs introduce air via a number of different grooves, channels and steps, reducing the stickiness of a non-stepped tab design and making the tab more efficient.

Sounds logical, right? And, according to John Wendt, vice president and general manager of Livorsi Marine, the new tabs have been received positively since their introduction.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Airship RIBS 330 Review—Perfect Performance Runabout

Thanks to our chief photographer Pete Boden, finding an ace shooter for performance boat photo sessions isn’t much of a challenge these days. Choosing the boats we want to shoot and getting their manufacturers to get them where and when we want takes a bit more effort, though not a whole lot more. As in all things, mutual benefit pretty much assures a team effort—and a great result.


A blast to drive and incredibly versatile, the Airship RIBs 330 is an ideal second (maybe even everyday) ride for a performance-minded buyer looking for something low- maintenance, durable and different. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But securing a photo platform? That’s almost always a pain in the neck and usually expensive, especially if—as in the case with larger boats— the shoot demands overhead images that can only be captured by helicopter.

We didn’t need anything aerial for Boden to work his magic during the Miami International Boat Show with the Skater 478, Outerlimits SL 41, Predator 447-R and Formula 350SS FX we ran there. But we still needed something stable and nimble on the water for his photo platform.

That’s where John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine in Miami stepped up, big time. Not only did Tomlinson agree to run those above- mentioned boats for us and provide his expert opinion, he offered an Airship RIBs 330 for us to use as a photo boat. Of course, we graciously accepted.

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Inside SOTW: Ilmor’s Recreational Power Move

In the unlikely event you haven’t heard of what became of Ilmor Marine since it all but departed the high-performance marine engine world, the company has been crushing it in the towboat market for the past seven years. Since 2010, Ilmor has built more than 10,000 MV8 engines for MasterCraft, making the Plymouth, Mich.-headquartered company, which manufactures its towboat engines at a more modern facility in Mooresville, S.C., a dominant builder in the inboard engine game.


With its MV8 7.4L engine targeted at the recreational powerboat and small cruiser markets, Ilmor Marine has created yet another variation on a successful theme. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

The foundation of Ilmor’s success is its LS3-based V-8 engine series, which ranges from 6.0- to 7.4-liter models. That latter 454-cubic- inch mill serves as the platform not only for Ilmor’s most powerful towboat engine—a 522-hp beast called the 7000 MPI—but its MV8 570 powerplant, its last remaining engine targeted at high-performance applications. Demand for the hand-built, 570-hp engines remains low, according Paul Ray, president of Ilmor Marine.

Far more mainstream and viable in the recreational stern-drive powerboat realm, Ilmor’s MV8 6.0L engine makes 380 hp and its MV8 6.2L produces 430 hp. In releasing its 483-hp MV8 7.4L engine, which was unveiled at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show in February and will go into production this spring, the team at Ilmor is hoping to fill a void in that market. And by pairing it with their silky smooth hydraulic One Drive and One Touch joystick system, they believe they have an unbeatable package in their “most powerful recreational stern-drive offering,” as noted in marketing materials for the engine.

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Inside SOTW: Outerlimits SL 41—Power Shift

A full-size, full-blown custom V-bottom sportboat powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines was only a matter of time. No reasonable observer of the go-fast powerboat market would argue otherwise. With the notable exception of their 350-hp Mercury Marine siblings, the Verado 400R outboards have become the powerplants of choice in the performance-oriented, stepped- hull center console market, which was born out of the go-fast V-bottom sportboat market, since their introduction three years ago. It was inevitable that some outboard- inspired customer would want one and that some ambitious boat company would build one.


A trio of Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines brought a stunning 41-foot Outerlimits sportboat wonderfully to life. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

But no one could have predicted how spectacular The first triple Verado 400R- powered sportboat would turn out, not even Dave Burgess, the proud owner of a new Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SL 41 model propelled by a trio of Mercury Racing’s most powerful outboard engines. And when Dan Kleitz of Outerlimits in Bristol, R.I., made it known that that he expected the 41-footer to top 100 mph, his expectation raised more than a few eyebrows.

What the owners of those eyebrows didn’t know, however, was that the boat had to top 100 mph—that was part of the deal between Burgess and the builder.

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