Sterling Perfomance Engines to Help Break Record

If you want to boat race – you need a good engine. If you want to break records – you need Sterling Performance engines! Check this out – Progress Report: Fountain Kilo Boat Build On Track For January Record Attempt written by Matt Trulio.

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Built for an attempt to break the current V-bottom kilometer speed record, this 42-Fountain moved one step closer to completion today.

With the hull and deck of a canopied 42-foot Fountain V-bottom reportedly being bonded together today at its Iconic Marine Group parent company headquarters in Washington, N.C., the build team is on track to have the boat ready for an attempt to break the V-bottom kilometer record early next year. That’s the word from Reggie Fountain, III, who is working closely with his famous father—the founder of Fountain Powerboats—on the project.

“It will be getting rigged in about two weeks,” said the younger Fountain during a telephone interview this morning. “We should be testing by mid- to late-December, and then go for the record in January before the Miami International Boat Show. Our plan is to have the kilo boat on display in Miami.”

The current V-bottom American Power Boat Association-sanctioned kilometer record of 180.464 mph was set by an Outerlimits SV 43 in 2014. Prior to that, a 42-foot Fountain held the record—set in 2004—at 171.880 mph. At its most basic level, a kilometer record is the average speed achieved by a boat in two passes, one in each direction, over a measured kilometer course.

While the builder did use vacuum infusion in the lamination process for weight control of the new 42-footer—technically 40-feet long overall with its swim platform not included in the build—and carbon-fiber reinforcement around the canopy area and over the stringers, the boat was built with conventional vinylester resin and fiberglass rather than epoxy and carbon fiber or Kevlar, according to Fountain. The cockpit is being constructed with a separate safety capsule for the driver and copilot, as well as a roll bar.

A pair of turbocharged Sterling Performance engines in the 2,000-hp range with Mercury Racing No. 6 dry-sump drives will provide the power. For putting the power to the water, the company has ordered forged Hering propellers with pitches ranging from 37 to 40 inches.

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