Past Restorations

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.

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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.

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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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