How big was 2013 in the go-fast powerboat world? So big that we couldn’t hit all 10 highlights—and do them justice—in just one installment. In the first part of this feature, we chronicled the 224-mph run of the My Way Mystic catamaran, the tragedy at the Lake Cumberland Poker Run, the triumph of Miss GEICO, an epic go-fast boat event fundraiser, and the stunning debut of two monster turbocharged engines. In Part II, we bring you even more big stories from a year we’ll never forget.
Home Sweet Home For The SBI Worlds
With Clearwater, Fla.., lobbying hard for the SBI Offshore World Championships in 2014 and SBI leadership citing economic hardship and entertaining the city’s offer, a departure from the longtime SBI Worlds venue of Key West seemed possible, if not downright probable. Turns out that, at least for this year, offshore racers and fans will return to Key West for the SBI season finale.
Snowy Mountain Brewery Repeats
As of this moment, the Snowy Mountain Brewery Outerlimits V-bottom has never lost a race. Piloted by the team of Michael “Doc” Janssen and Brian Forehand, the 29-footer won all three races in the Superboat Vee class at the SBI Key West Worlds this year, just as it did in 2012—the year the boat debuted.
Mercury Racing 1650 Triumphs
Based on the same groundbreaking quad-overhead-cam platform as the company’s 1,100- and 1,350-hp offerings, Mercury Racing’s 1650 Race engine could not have done better for itself in its first year of production. Not only did the turbocharged engine power the top three boats in the Superboat Unlimited class at the SBI Key West Worlds, it powered an Outerlimits pleasureboat to a class-topping 150 mph at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and—in an automobile “crate” version—earned the Global Media Award at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas during the same weekend as the SBI event.
Long Live Performance Center Consoles
You could argue that the boom in center-console performance boats saved—or at least kept alive—the go-fast boating industry in recent years. With 75 percent of Nor-Tech’s production going to center-console performers and Sunsation and Marine Technology, Inc., introducing new center consoles in 2013, that trend continues and is showing no signs of fading out anytime soon.
Superboat Class Goes Big
Not since the early 2000s had the SBI Superboat catamaran class, then called Super Cat under the long gone APBA Offshore LLC umbrella, seen the fleet it saw at the 2013 SBI Key West Worlds. Thanks to rules retooled in 2012, eight teams registered for the class in Key West, and there could be as many as 12 Superboat teams running this season.