PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ

Nothing beats a gelcoat restoration project to make an older boat look brand new. With help from our friends at Performance Boat Candy, we show you how. You’ve just taken delivery of your brand-new boat. On the way to the water ...
PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ

Domesticated Cats

When Larry Kurtz and his wife Karen were shopping for a boat to use on Arizona’s Lake Havasu, one of their big concerns was finding a hull that would ride smoothly over the wind-whipped chop that frequently kicks up on ...
Domesticated Cats

Get In Gear

Because the prop spun to the left, Desmarteau, who throttled, was concerned about how the boat would respond. He should have been concerned about the other difference between the original drive and the replacement—the gear ratio. While the Bravo One ...
Get In Gear

Comeback for Formula

It’s no secret that times have been tough in the highperformance powerboat industry during the last threeand- a-half years. No custom or production go-fast boat company has been immune to the effects of the recession, and that includes Thunderbird Products/Formula ...
Comeback for Formula

Mass Appeal

The cardshark holding the winning hand at the last poker run I attended was holding court from the bow of a 51 OuterLimits while his A-list entourage enjoyed a champagne toast in the cockpit. More power to him (as if ...
Mass Appeal

Tunnel Vision

Michael Peters of Michael Peters Yacht Design of Sarasota, Florida, to assist Hallett with the re-design of the 290-S. For those who don’t know the name, Peters’ designs have won half of all the Union Internationale Motornautique Class 1 offshore ...
Tunnel Vision

PUTTIN’ ON THE GLITZ

Nothing beats a gelcoat restoration project to make an older boat look brand new. With help from our friends at Performance Boat Candy, we show you how. You’ve just taken delivery of your brand-new boat. On the way to the water for the very first time, you can’t help but glance every few seconds in the rearview mirror to admire the gleaming …

Domesticated Cats

When Larry Kurtz and his wife Karen were shopping for a boat to use on Arizona’s Lake Havasu, one of their big concerns was finding a hull that would ride smoothly over the wind-whipped chop that frequently kicks up on the famous body of water. Most people would assume that they bought a big V-bottom, but Larry—an Orange County firefighter …

Get In Gear

Because the prop spun to the left, Desmarteau, who throttled, was concerned about how the boat would respond. He should have been concerned about the other difference between the original drive and the replacement—the gear ratio. While the Bravo One we ran on Wednesday had a 1.5:1 ratio, the drive we ran on Sunday had 1.36:1 gears.

BBlades: Propellers

Outboard engine owners have another set of four-blade propellers to choose from, thanks to BBlades Professional Propeller Service in Princeton, Wisconsin. The well-known propeller sales, service and tuning outfit has created its own line of outboard props called the Blaster series. Dubbed “clopper-style” propellers for their hybrid cleaverand …

Comeback for Formula

It’s no secret that times have been tough in the highperformance powerboat industry during the last threeand- a-half years. No custom or production go-fast boat company has been immune to the effects of the recession, and that includes Thunderbird Products/Formula in Decatur, Indiana. Like many production builders, Formula was forced to lay off …

Mass Appeal

The cardshark holding the winning hand at the last poker run I attended was holding court from the bow of a 51 OuterLimits while his A-list entourage enjoyed a champagne toast in the cockpit. More power to him (as if the triple 700hp engines weren’t enough), but our hero wasn’t the only winner there that day. Similar scenes with similarly …

Active Thunder

Popular in the 1970s and 1980s, outboardengine- powered sportboats more than 30 feet long have all but disappeared. Most were replaced by models with inboard engines and stern drives, or “I/Os” as they were called when they took over the market in the mid to late 1980s. That makes the latest Active Thunder 33 Evolution, which is powered by …

Tunnel Vision

Michael Peters of Michael Peters Yacht Design of Sarasota, Florida, to assist Hallett with the re-design of the 290-S. For those who don’t know the name, Peters’ designs have won half of all the Union Internationale Motornautique Class 1 offshore racing world championships in since 1980, including many titles sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association .

Extraordinary Scope

When you call yourself the Southern California Offshore Powerboat Elite—or SCOPE—you better be able to back it up. Fortunately for the stalwarts of the club, its fun-loving members with their serious hardware aren’t just blowing hot exhaust. A more active or successful recreational sportboat club simply doesn’t exist in the South- west. While the ups and downs …

Thinking Ahead

Maintaining your boat begins and ends with the pre-float inspection, and safety begins and ends with the same. Not unlike an aircraft pilot making the preflight check or walk around the aircraft, your boating day should begin and end with a similar walk. All too often I see boats immediately return to the ramp or not make the start of a poker run …