It’s show time! The Toronto International Boat Show opened last night and runs for the next nine days. The Mercury booth features a beautiful OptiMax 200XS SST powered tunnel race boat that is sure to draw people into the booth. Tammy Wolf, a driver with the all female team who competed at the 2012 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race, will be on hand to meet and greet fans.
Meanwhile, in the frozen tundra of Fond du Lac, people at Racing and Mercury headquarters are busy preparing for the upcoming Miami International Boat Show. Mercury has a vast array of exciting products to show and talk about. True to our Miami history, Racing will again have a few new things to share as well :-)
Miami is unique in that people can not only meet and greet manufacturing reps and see the latest products on static display in the convention center but they can also experience it on the water. Mercury Marine again will have a flotilla of outboard and sterndrive boats of varying design featuring the latest available technology from the world leader in marine propulsion.
Racing, by default, usually draws the most interest purely by the size and performance capabilities of the boats featuring our power. We have an exciting mix of boats this year to attract a variety of interests.
Marine Technology will unveil their all-new SV42 offshore center console. This is the first vee-bottom and first outboard boat from MTI. Performance reports of the prototype have been impressive. The first production unit, powered by quad Verado 300 outboards will be available for qualified prospects to experience throughout the show.
For those who missed an opportunity to experience the all new 565 sterndrive on water last year will have an opportunity this year.
Twin 565s equipped with a Stage 1 X-haust Noise Reduction system are featured in Velocity’s beautiful 390 vee-bottom. At the time of my writing this, the boat does 99.8 mph. You can bet it will have surpassed the magical 100 mph mark by showtime.
Mike Fiore is bringing an Outerlimits 52 SL equipped with twin 1350 sterndrives. Demo rides on this beauty, I’m sure, will be limited. But for those lucky few who get the chance – they will be impressed. If your attending the show – it’s worth the cab fare or waiting in line for a bus ride from the convetion center to the docks to see this one in person.
Dave Hemmingson is fast becoming a Miami show veteran. The San Diego native is debuting his lastest hull in-water at Miami. The M-41-Wide Body, with 1350 power, looks fast sitting still. In this case, looks are not deceiving. This thing is a home run out of the box. Top speed is 175 mph without breaking a sweat.
I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in Miami. It is shaping up to be an exciting show!