First Quad-Outboard Statement to Debut in Miami
With four Mercury Verados, this beefy center-console should run at 80 mph.
Last year, Statement Marine wowed the crowds at the Miami International Boat Show with its stunning new 368 SUV Crossover center console. This time around, the St. Petersburg, Fla., based builder of high-performance catamarans, V-bottoms, and center consoles—the company also offers at 34-footer—is looking to unveil another showstopper in the form of a 368 SUV Crossover with four Mercury Verado outboard engines.
It is the company’s first quad-outboard model. It also is the builder’s first center console to be equipped with six drop-out-bottom bolsters.
With an estimated top speed of approximately 80 mph, the four-engine offering will be Statement’s fastest center console to date. That’s only appropriate, as it’s going to Bob Christie, a well-known New Jersey-based high-performance powerboat enthusiast who owns the even better-known Speed Racer, a 44-foot-long Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran.
Like many go-fast boat owners making the transition to center consoles, Christie cited easy maintenance, outboard-engine reliability, and abundant passenger space as his attraction to the popular boat genre. He looked at models from Deep Impact and Nor-Tech and was impressed by both, but he said it was the ride quality he experienced on a Statement 368 during last year’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Poker Run that finalized his decision.
“The boat I rode in, which had triple 350 Verados, was fully loaded with people and the ride was perfect,” said Christie. “I’m impressed with the finish work, the level of customization, and the time they take to do everything right.”
After the Miami show ends and Statement moves the 368 SUV Crossover out of the show, Christie will take the boat and a full load of passengers for its maiden trip on the Florida Powerboat Club’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run the following weekend.
For more info, visit Statement Marine.
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- Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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