Fountain Kilo Speed Record Attempt Postponed

Originally slated for Feb. 2-4, the American Power Boat Association/Union International Motonautique-sanctioned V-bottom kilometer record attempt set up by Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C., for its purpose-built 40-foot canopied V-bottom powered by 1,900-hp Sterling Performance engines has been postponed. The news was announced in a press release from Iconic Marine Group, the parent company of Fountain, Donzi and Baja, this afternoon.

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The founder of Fountain Powerboats, Reggie Fountain, Jr. (left) is spearheading the kilo boat project. Ben Robertson, Jr. (far right) will pilot the company’s purpose-built 40-footer.

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Mercury Marine Canada Reaches Employee Safety Milestone

Mercury Marine Canada in Milton, Ontario, is celebrating a significant achievement in employee safety—one million hours of no lost time injury. Mercury’s headquarters in Canada, the Milton facility has been injury-free since 2010, according to a press release from its Fond du Lac, Wis., parent company.

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Employees of Mercury Marine Canada gathered to celebrate the company’s impressive safety record.

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Performance Boat Center To Return As Primary Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Sponsor

For the fifth year in a row, Performance Boat Center of Osage Beach, Mo., is stepping up to sponsor the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Aug. 22-26, which is celebrating its 30th anniversay this year. According to Brett Manire, who co-owns the full-service powerboat dealership with Mark Waddington, the sponsorship deal was finalized this morning.

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Pictured here during the 2017 Cigarette Owners Rendezvous, the docks at Performance Boat Center will be full during the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, which the Central Missouri dealership is sponsoring. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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More Big Builds Coming From Skater

While small outboard engine-powered sport catamarans remain an integral part of Skater Powerboats’ current business, the Douglas, Mich.-based custom high-performance cat and V-bottom builder is “alive and well” with bigger-model builds according to national sales manager Tony Cutsuries. The 12 boats currently under construction at the Skater facility include 368, 388 and 438 catamaran models. There’s even a 46-footer in the mix.

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A new Skater 438 catamaran will join this beauty built in 2017 this year. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Big Thunder Marine is New Lake Race Title Sponsor

In an announcement made Friday evening at the Overland Park Boat Show in Kansas, Lake Race spokesperson Mike Shepherd said that Big Thunder Marine is going to be the title sponsor of this year's Lake Race, which is scheduled for June 1-2 in Lake Ozark, Mo.

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Big Thunder Marine is presenting the 2018 Lake Race on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. Photo by Clint Schaffnit

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Fountain Shooting For Early February Kilo Record Attempt

Weather and water conditions allowing, an American Power Boat Association/Offshore Powerboat Association-sanctioned kilo event is tentatively set for Feb. 2-4 on the Pamlico River in Washington, N.C., the longtime home of Fountain Powerboats. Fountain is backing the event in the hope of setting a new V-bottom kilo speed-record with a purpose-built canopied 40-foot V-bottom powered by a pair of turbocharged 1,900-hp Sterling Performance engines.

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Built for speed, Fountain’s 40-foot kilo boat is ready for its Sterling Performance engines.

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Big Changes In Store For Florida Powerboat Club Events

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Change is in the air for the Florida Powerboat Club events—as well as its members—this season. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Change is tricky for event organizers, for as much as their customers often express their desire for it, they also question, second-guess and generally resist it. Sure, as the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt. But it also breeds comfort.

So while some members of the Florida Powerboat Club will embrace the format and venue changes to the events on its 2018 schedule and others will reject them, this much is certain: They’re coming.

“Sometimes people say, ‘If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,’” said Stu Jones, the founder and president of the club. “That might apply to our Key West Poker Run, but thanks to factors like the damage from Hurricane Irma and resorts simply changing their business models—many of them don’t want to accommodate big groups during the high season—we have the opportunity to make some positive changes this year.”

On the micro-level, so to speak, the club’s Jan. 26-28 Winter Poker Run to the Florida Keys has the group lodging and docking at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa in Key Largo rather than its traditional Hawk’s Cay Resort destination, which is still closed as it recovers and repairs damage from by Hurricane Irma.

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