Outerlimits Powerboats SV 43 sportboat holds the current V-bottom kilo record of 180.464 MPH, set in 2014, a fact that is plenty impressive. By any measure, that’s hauling the mail on the water, especially in a V-bottom (for the sake of comparison, a 50-foot turbine engine-powered Mystic catamaran reached 244 MPH during the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout). The stepped hull 43-footer was a dedicated raceboat with Mercury Racing 1650 engines. It was built light with just four bucket seats in its spartan cockpit, and it was built to go fast.
But how about a plain old (okay, so nothing the Bristol, R.I., boatbuilder creates really answers to that description) open-cockpit pleasure boat running a tick below 150 MPH and several ticks above it during its first day of testing? That’s exactly what happened recently during the first test session of a new all-carbon-fiber Outerlimits SV 50 sportboat powered by twin adjustable-power Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines.
According to Outerlimits production manager Dan Kleitz, the 50-footer reached 156 MPH with the twin engines running in 1,550 HP mode and 149 MPH with the engines in their 1,350 HP setting. Both runs were done with multiple passengers aboard, including the boat’s owners, Jason and Laurie Moe of Seattle, Wash., and 150 and 100 gallons of fuel (for the respective runs) in the tanks.
“There’s definitely more speed in the boat,” said Kleitz. “That was what it was able to do right out of the box in its first day on the water.”
“The boat exceeded my expectations,” said Jason.
“It’s a little lighter and a little faster than I thought it would be. It runs flats and straight and turns smoothly. It’s phenomenal,” said Laurie Moe. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen land come up so quickly as when we were out yesterday.”
This isn’t the first-time at the high-speed V-bottom rodeo for the Moes. They previously owned a “very fast” 46-footer that Outerlimits built for the couple in 2006.
“Outerlimits did some special stuff for our 46, but comparing the new boat to it is like comparing a Volkswagen to a Lamborghini,” said Jason.
The fourth SV 50 completed since the model was introduced at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, the sit-down cockpit V-bottom includes a functional cabin with facing lounges, stowage lockers, and a V-berth. The cockpit is Alcantara-finished, with clear carbon-fiber footrests and seatbacks. The dash is equipped with dual Garmin GPS units and a Focal stereo system tuned by Waves And Wheels. Stephen Miles Design handled the boat’s graphic design and paintwork, the accents of which can be found in the boat’s cockpit.
“Stephen Miles was incredible,” said Jason. “It was like I was there with him the whole way through every step of painting the boat. I’m very grateful that Outerlimits has a guy on board working with them like that.”
The Moes plan to run the SV 50 this winter on Lake Washington, near Seattle, before taking it to Desert Storm and several other go-fast boating events in 2017. They may even run it in the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run before then.
“We’re going to send pictures to Dan [Kleitz] in December of us running it in our snowmobile suits,” said Laurie. “We run our boat every weekend. We will be using it all year on Lake Washington."
“I think what I like most about the boat is it was made in America.” she added.
Even the Moe’s 11-year-old son, Colton, was impressed by what his mother called their new “family boat” after a ride yesterday.
“I like all the speed,” he said.
“He’s already got the high-speed fever,” his mother added.