The death of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats founder Mike Fiore (see The Loss of Mike Fiore) following a crash on the Lake of the Ozarks in late August left the future of the custom V-bottom and catamaran company uncertain.
Still, production is continuing at the Bristol, R.I., facility. Most recently, the builder finished an SV 50 V-bottom with a pair of Mercury Racing 1100 engines. The boat was shipped to a client in Spain—using the logistical services of Peters & May—in late September, according to Outerlimits' operations manager Dan Kleitz.
Equipped with a five-seat sit-down cockpit, the boat was ordered in March. The 50-footer features Mercury M8 drives color-matched red to its engines. The gauge-free helm station is equipped with three Raymarine GPS units and a Mercury VesselView 7 monitor in the leather-wrapped dash with Alcantara accents. The boat has no cabin—the carpeted under-dash area is designed for stowage, and to that end it is equipped with propeller holders.
"This boat is built to sit down, hold on, and go fast," Kleitz said. "In testing last week, it ran over 130 mph."
According to Kleitz and Paul Fiore, the father of Mike Fiore, the principals involved with Outerlimits will make a formal announcement regarding the company's future sometime soon. In the meantime, the staff members at Outerlimits reportedly have plenty to keep them occupied.
"Right now, we're finishing up the next 46 cat," Kleitz said. "We have an SL 50 in the mold and another going into the mold after that one. We have two 39 cats to build—that's a new model— [and] a new 40 V-bottom and a handful of center consoles based on the SL 44. We're staying very busy."