The record-setting offshore powerboat builder jumps into the go-fast center console market with a bona fide rocket ship.
Outerlimits, the record-setting offshore powerboat builder, is jumping into the go-fast center console market with the SX-39 model slated to launch this summer. It’s not the first time the company has built a center console, but the SX-39 will utilize a five-step hull, a first for any deep-V center console that we’re aware of. Company founder Mike Fiore began designing this model before his untimely death in 2014.
The added steps help the boat achieve higher speeds by having less running surface in the water and incorporating more air under the hull. Outerlimits has been making similar hulls for years, and while they’re incredibly fast, they’re also nimble. The company holds the record for the world’s fastest V-bottom, an astounding 180.47 mph with its SV-43 hull that features a similar bottom as the new model.
Outerlimits builds all of its boats using the latest composite construction techniques to create strong, lightweight hull forms that can withstand the pressure high speeds place on a boat. Every corner is filled in, and the entire boat is capped together to create a fully finished, unified piece that’s stiff and eats up a head sea at 50-plus knots.
“We’ve drawn on that technological and design expertise to develop a premium fishing boat line,” says Jason Amaral, operations manager.
While the additional steps will help the boat run faster, the boat will have the same characteristics of other V-bottom hulls. It will be stable at slower speeds, but it’s going to be a rocket ship. With quad 450-hp outboards, Amaral predicts the boat will hit speeds close to 100 mph depending on the load. The SX-39 offers a long list of standard equipment, including a carbon-fiber T-top, JL Audio system, Garmin MFD, dive door, cockpit wet bar, rod holders, live wells and fish boxes. The boat will also have a V-berth and head inside the console.
The first SX-39 offers a mix of entertaining space and fishing features, but Amaral says he’s been working closely with hardcore anglers and plans to offer a tournament-ready SX-39 down the road. “Knowing how efficient our V bottoms are, we expect to average one mile per gallon with the Mercury racing motors,” Amaral says. So not only will the SX-39 get you to the fishing grounds first, you’ll be able to fish all day and get back safely with plenty of fuel. She holds 504 gallons in a single main tank, and the builder offers a second tank as an option.
The plans show ample storage and a good use of space, but Outerlimits works directly with its owners to customize the boats however the client chooses. If it’s fishing accoutrements you want, no problem. A more cruising-oriented vessel? They’ll do that as well. And one thing the company does that other go-fast builders should consider: Each new boat owner is required to take a training course to learn the ins and outs of high-speed travel on the high seas.
Outerlimits SX-39 Specifications:
Displ.: 12,500 lbs
Fuel: 504 gal.
Water: 40 gal.
Power: 4/450-hp Mercury Racing outboards
Base price: $500,000