What was it that golfer Lee Trevino used to say in those old Cooper Tire ads? "You can feel it when you drive." The same slogan applies to Outerlimits' 42 Legacy E Series. It looks the same as a 42 Legacy laminated with vinylester resins, but the E series, built with lighter, stronger epoxy laminates makes its presence known when you blast across the Intracoastal Waterway or, better yet, pounce off the tops of 5-foot swells.
The rigid epoxy lamination transmitted the high-frequency vibrations of a light chop into the cockpit, but offshore, that same rigidity pays off because it's the swells that take the beating, not the boat or its occupants. In those conditions, we were able to run better than 80 mph, which makes us think there is a little something more to this epoxy stuff.
There's also a little something more to the Outerlimits 42 Legacy E Series. It's our 2004 Offshore V-Bottom of the Year. And for good reason.
Outerlimits president Mike Fiore brought the boat to our Performance Trials fitted with twin, staggered 825-hp Sterling Performance blower motors, BAM 1:1 transmissions, Mercury Racing No. 6 drives and 18" x 32" five-blade Hering propellers. Cool stuff, and powerful enough to push the boat to a top speed of 109 mph on GPS.
But being Offshore V-Bottom of the Year takes more than just big speed numbers. We already told you it crushed 5-footers from all directions, but it also offered assured handling, brisk acceleration and decent low-speed maneuverability for a blown and staggered machine. We also liked that it tracked as if on rails, from idling through the harbor to blasting along at psycho speeds. But still, it takes more.
That's when you remove your shoes and step inside the cockpit. The boat came with custom three-plus-three seating and a dashboard fitted with only the finest of hardware, from the Livorsi Monster-series gauges to the Latham levers and twin hydraulic helms.
Just aft of the cockpit lay the engine compartment, which was equipped with a custom hatch that was fitted with clear acrylic windows that allowed you to look but not touch the staggered Sterling mills. The fit and finish of the acrylic windows—no easy task—was stellar. The craftsmanship was admirable. Now you're ready to enter the cabin.
It was just opulent. Carbon-fiber countertops, UltraLeather upholstery and concealed tube lighting. The cabin boasted a surprising amount of room inside and a full head with a flushing toilet and a shower. It is a bona fide 100-mph boat that is capable of providing genuinely comfortable overnight accommodations.
Outerlimits 42 Legacy E Series Performance Test Results
|Weight as tested||10,500 pounds|
|Price as tested||$795,000|
|Engine model and horsepower||(2) Sterling Performance 825/825|
|Propellers||Hering five-blade 18" x 32"|
|Acceleration zero to 15 seconds||62 mph|
|Top speed||109 mph at 5900 rpm|
|Manufacturer contact||401-253-7300, www.outerlimitspowerboats.com|
For the Performance Report on the Outerlimits 42 Legacy E Series, see "Baked Bruiser," March 2004, Page 108.