Inside SOTW Mag: Nor-Tech 450 Sport CC Profile—All Boxes Checked

A longtime owner of high-performance powerboats of various shapes and sizes, Randy Kent said he originally ordered a new Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats 450 Sport Center Console powered by quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines as a “personal boat.” But being in the powerboat business as a Nor-Tech dealer with his Midwest Boating Center operation in Osage Beach, Mo., he had no choice but to sell the stunning 45-footer to Cody Lovins when the Texas-based performance boat owner fell in love with it.

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The Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats 450 Sport Center Console offers something for everyone. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“It is his third Nor-Tech, and I think he’s put 60 hours on it 61 since the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout,” said Kent in early October. “That’s a lot of boating in what’s been about a month since he took delivery of the boat. He told me it’s the best boat he’s ever owned.

“The boat is so cool— there’s really nothing else I would consider in its class,” he continued. “It’s at a whole different level, from the hardtop to all the components such as the glass windshield with a wiper, auto-tinting glass in the cabin and a cold bar behind the helm station.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Pure Delight

Whether it ends up being a true statement or not, Mike Stevenson said his sparkling new DCB Performance Boats M44 Widebody catamaran—one of only two 44-footers the El Cajon, Calif., company has built—is likely going to his last “big hot boat.”

DCB’s new white-hot M44 Widebody catamaran is about as beautiful as they come.

DCB’s new white-hot M44 Widebody catamaran is about as beautiful as they come. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images

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Inside SOTW Mag: Holy Smoke!

For Burl Griswold and the entire team at Antelope Point Marina in Page, Ariz., there was more reason than ever to celebrate on Wednesday night. Not only was a portion of the marina’s slips as well as its fuel dock back in working order following a strong microclimate storm that zeroed in on Lake Powell last Thursday, the team deter-mined that its ninth annual Lake Powell Challenge was going to donate a half-million dollars to the Mountain Valley Chapter of JDRF. To this journalist’s knowledge, that is the largest amount of money raised at any performance boat event.

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The Lake Powell Challenge is one of the most scenic events in the country. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images

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Inside SOTW Mag: Factory Billet’s New Power Paradigm

Taking a well-earned lunch break at Captain Ron’s Lakefront Bar and Grill during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, Jim Schultz—the man behind Factory Billet Power—paused for a moment to reflect on the events of the morning. A couple of hours earlier, Schultz had run his canopied Outerlimits 51 GTX V-bottom powered by the first pair of his remarkable 1,650/1,950-hp—pump versus E-90—engines alongside Factory Billet engine builder Mike Faucher to 161 mph.

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With their 1,650/1,950-hp Flex-Fuel marine engine, automatic three-speed transmission and auto drive- and tab-trim system, the team at Factory Billet want to change the way you enjoy high-performance powerboating (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“This is the best time I’ve ever had,” said Schultz.

A longtime performance-boat owner and lifelong water-skier who owns Geremarie Corp., a company in Lake Zurich, Ill,, that has made all of the billet aluminum parts for MasterCraft Boat Company for almost 20 years, Schultz had good reason to be excited beyond a top-speed that would stand up as a tie for top honors in the shootout’s V-bottom class this year. He’d taken a big, albeit calculated, risk entering the 51-footer in the world’s highest-profile top-speed contest for high-performance powerboats.

Had the boat, which boasts a prototype automatic three-speed transmission and auto drive- and tab-trims, failed to perform under on such a large stage, the failure would have been a major setback to a project move than five years and several million dollars in the making. In short, it could have been a marketing disaster, and Schultz knew it. He knew people could have gone home shaking their heads about how an elite almost 4,000-hp canopied Outerlimits got smoked by a homegrown almost 4,000-hp 43-foot Black Thunder pleasure boat.

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Now Live! New SOTW Digital Mag Featuring DCB M44, Factory Billet Outerlimits, Lake Powell Challenge and More

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Between the classy new M44 Widebody from DCB Performance Boats that is featured on the cover and the like-new 10-year-old Factory Billet V-bottom from Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats equipped with advanced flex-fuel Factory Billet Power 1,650/1,950-hp engines, automatic three-speed transmissions and auto drive- and tab-trim systems, the latest edition of Speed On The Water Magazine, which can be downloaded for free here, includes a couple of exclusive must-read stories.

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