Old School Meets New School: 46 Skater Project at Boat Customs

Currently in the paint booth at the highly respected Boat Customs in Caledonia, Mich., Dan and Lisa Sherman’s 46-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran is nearing the end of a lengthy conversion that is about as close as you can get to building a new boat. And in essence, thanks to some substantial changes to the 46-footer, the Shermans are getting a new boat.


Michigan's Dan Sherman is going with Sterling Performance Engines power plants in his 46-foot Skater that is currently getting a complete overhaul from the crew at Boat Customs.

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Harris Performance Rolling

True confession: I was trying to reach veteran offshore racer Jeff Harris, the throttleman for the 2016 Super Boat International Unlimited Class World Champion Wake Effects team, when I first connected via Facebook with Jeff Harris, the 36-year-old owner of Harris Performance LLC in Dadeville, Ala. That kind of thing happens often to the Alabama-based full-service engine building and rigging company owner, and he actually has come to appreciate and enjoy it.

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Based in Alabama, a full-service high-performance powerboat service outfit continues to thrive. 

“I do get a lot of perks from that,” he said, then chuckled. “People call me by mistake and they’ll say, ‘Well, now that I have you on the phone, I do need some work done or some parts.’ I talk to Bob Teague of Teague Custom Marine a lot, and every time I call him he says, ‘Is this the racer Jeff Harris or the redneck Jeff Harris?’

“I’m the redneck rigger Jeff Harris,” he added, then laughed again.

For a closer look at the Harris Performance Eliminator 25 Daytona project, check out the slideshow above.

Inspired by his father’s street rod business, Harris started his company 12 years ago. He loved fast cars but was less than enamored with speed limits and such.

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All Gain And No Pain In Skater 36 ROS Swap Out For Verado 400Rs

Grant Bruggemann of Grant’s Signature Racing and his longtime friend and client Matt Rice knew they were entering uncharted waters with the first high-performance pleasure-boat application of 400-hp Mercury Racing ROS outboard engines, which were developed specifically for X-Cat Racing series. Both understood the ROS—Race Offshore by full name—outboard was, as announced by Mercury Racing when it was released in 2015, a “racing engine.” Unlike the Verado 400R supercharged outboard platform on which the ROS product was based, essential operating hardware such as a fuel pump items were not built into the engine. Like the engine’s oil reservoir, they had to be remotely located in the engine compartment of Rice’s new 36-foot Skater catamaran, which he had built with a super-low profile for the ROS power application.


Shown here with its original Mercury Racing ROS outboard engines, this 36-foot Skater has been repowered by Grant’s Signature Racing with Verado 400R mills. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden.

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Project: Creating the World’s Fastest 22 Donzi Classic

If running 120-mph in a single-engine 22-foot V-bottom doesn’t sound like fun to you, you’re probably not alone. Then again, you’re also not Stan Pike, a 66-year-old retired construction business owner and veteran offshore racer—he competed from 1974 through 1989—who lives outside Atlanta, Ga., After tiring of “getting passed by 100-mph bass boats” in his 18-foot Donzi Classic on his local waterways including Lake Lanier and Lake Martin, Pike bought a 1994 22 Donzi Classic with a 572-cubic-inch blower engine.

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By the time Stan Pike gets the engine of his immaculately restored Donzi 22 Classic back from Sterling Performance Engines, he'll be eager to push the boat to its limit. 

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Maryland Offshore and Waves and Wheels Team Up on Stunning Outerlimits 39 GTX Restoration

When I met Mike Bolin at the Shootout on the Strip during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout at the end of August in Central Missouri, he was on his way to get his first in-person glimpse of the restored 2006 Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats 39 GTX he purchased at the beginning of the year from Maryland Offshore Marine Center in Rockville, Md.

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Mike Bolin's 2006 Outerlimits 39 GTX received an extensive makeover this year. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Poppin’ The Limits At Lake Cumberland Poker Run

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Look for a stunning—and rare—refreshed Outerlimits 44 GTX at this weekend’s poker run in Kentucky. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

On Friday afternoon during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout weekend in Central Missouri, the Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats clan led by company principal Joe Sgro and key team member Dan Kleitz held an owners’ rendezvous party at the waterfront home of longtime Outerlimits owner Mike “Doc” Janssen. The custom high-performance V-bottom and catamaran hardware that filled Janssen’s docks was as good as it gets, but for some reason one of the boats—a big blue V-bottom I couldn’t immediately identify—caught my eye. So I asked Vinnie Diorio, the owner of a beautiful 2016 Outerlimits SV 43 sportboat about it.

“That belongs to ‘Popcorn’,” he said. “Follow me. I’ll introduce you to him.”

Within a few minutes, I was chatting to 32-year-old Evan Singer of South Lyon, Mich., about 30 minutes outside of Detroit, about his sit-down 2009 Outerlimits 44 GTX, one of two models built before the company transitioned to its SV series of sit-down V-bottoms. Singer purchased the 44-footer in the winter of 2016 from veteran Outerlimits owner Glenn Salyer, who runs a successful highway construction business and owns the Lake Cumberland Marine in Kentucky.

Singer runs his 44-footer with his wife, Danielle, and they're often joined by their children Enzo and Brody.

“What I liked about it when I first saw it was that it didn’t look dated—the interior looked just like what Outerlimits is doing today with the SV models,” said Singer.

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First Impression: Factory Billet Bullet

Walking the docks yesterday at the Camden on the Lake Resort—the host venue for this weekend’s annual Super Cat Fest—in Central Missouri, Jason Johnson and I spotted Factory Billet, a 51-foot Outerlimits canopied V-bottom. The boat was built in 2008 and originally powered by Mercury Racing 1075 SCi engines with No. 6 drives, but we’d been told that owner Jim Schultz of Zurich, Ill., had not just completely renovated the well-known sportboat but had been working with Mike Faucher to develop state-of-the-art systems such as automatic (but override-able) drive and tab trim control, as well as automatic shifting for the 51-footer’s three-speed transmission.

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Slated to compete in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout tomorrow, the 51-foot Factory Billet Outerlimits V-bottom will be the subject of an extensive feature in the next Speed On The Water digital magazine issue (click image to enlarge).

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