Several powerboats boasting Sterling Performance Engines are taking Cocoa Beach by storm for the Super Boat International season opener.
With a little more than a week to go before the first race of the four-event 2017 Super Boat International regular season, the fleet for next weekend’s event Cocoa Beach, Fla., is looking solid in a couple of classes. First and foremost, the Superboat class currently has six teams—including defending 2016 world champion Performance Boat Center, powered by Sterling Performance Engines—on the entry list for the May 19-21 Thunder On Cocoa Beach event.
Returning 2016 Unlimited-class world champions Rusty Rahm and Jeff Harris of the Wake Effects team will face a thin fleet in Cocoa Beach that—at least at this point—includes only Mike DeFrees and Gary Ballough in CRC/Sunlight Supply. New to the Unlimited-class ranks, the Rock Star team is on the Cocoa Beach roster—with a 46-foot Skater catamaran powered by twin 1,600-hp Sterling Performance engines listed—but is “unlikely to have everything ready in time” for next Sunday’s race, according to driver David Squier of Ocala, Fla. (Squier and teammate/throttleman Bruce Walter plan to step up this year from the Manufacturer Production P3 ranks, where they ran the GetRubberMulch.com team 35-foot Fountain V-bottom in 2016.)