With two new 46-foot power catamaran boats currently in production, Outerlimits Powerboats’ push to expand its cat line is gaining momentum, according to Mike Fiore, owner and founder of the custom high-performance boat builder.
The company made its name from of a series of V-bottoms from 29 to 52 feet. In addition to the new 46-foot cats—one to be powered by twin 1,450-horsepower Chief engines and the other to be set up with 1,350-horsepower mills from Mercury Racing—the company is in the “final engineering” stages for its 32-footer. The new 46-foot cats should be complete by summer. “We’ll start CNC cutting on the hull plug in three to four weeks,” says Fiore.
On the larger side of the high-performance catamaran spectrum, Fiore says that engineering has begun on the company’s first 55-footer, which will be the most technologically advanced Outerlimits—V-bottom or catamaran—built to date. Outerlimits is collaborating on its cat line with Steve Curtis, a world champion offshore racer, team manager, and boat builder whose father founded the famed Cougar line of offshore racing cats in England.
“It’s going to be an all-carbon-fiber, pre-preg boat—baked at 220 degrees for 24 hours—with computer-controlled active aerodynamics,” Fiore says. “Steve is working on that system now. Because of the way it will be built, it will be very light, approximately 11,000 pounds. So it will be as fast as our smaller boats.”
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