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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