Mike Fiore and the 25-person team at Outerlimits Performance Boats in Bristol, R.I., went into the 2012 Miami International Boat Show in February with high hopes for their SV29 model. But they had no idea that that the 29-footer, the smallest model in the Outerlimits line and their first single-engine offering, would sell out 2012 production within a few weeks of its introduction.
“With the eight orders we’ve taken—all with deposits—this is easily the most successful new-model introduction we’ve ever had, by a factor of two,” said Fiore, the founder and owner of the company. “In my wildest, pie-in-the-sky dreams I didn’t predict this kind of response. Even if this were 2006 or 2007, I don’t know if we’d have done any better.”
In addition to hull No. 3 of the 29-foot stepped V-bottom, Outerlimits also has three 52-footers and two 44-footers in various stages of construction. Like the larger models, the SV29 is constructed of epoxy and carbon fiber, then post-cured at 150 degrees in an on-site autoclave.
The third SV29 was ordered for a customer in the Midwest through Performance Boat Center, which is located in the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., area. The region is a hotbed for sportboat activity, which is why Performance Boat Center, formerly Performance Boat Brokerage before it was purchased by Brett Manire and a partner last summer, has become an Outerlimits dealer.
“We are the only Outerlimits dealer in the country,” said Manire in a telephone interview this morning. “I bought an SV29 that will be powered by a Mercury Racing 600SCi engine, and we’re buying the first 36-foot Super Legarra. It’s a stand-up pleasure boat with a full cabin, and we’re getting the first one.”
Fiore said he is pleased to have the company representing Outerlimits. “Lake of the Ozarks is such a popular area for high-performance boats, and the lake is large and rough enough so that even some of bigger models make sense there,” he said. “We think Brett and the rest of the team at Performance Boat Center are going to do a great job for us.”
Editor’s Note: Look for an exclusive feature on the Outerlimits SV29 in the summer issue of Sportboat magazine, which will be on newsstands in late May.