FrontRunners: Water Snake

Earlier this year, a Skater 32 Race Pleasure peaked at 119 mph. However, the powerboat was not running on standard boat engines. Ilmor Engineering (734.456.3600,, which builds engines for the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team, had equipped the Skater with something special. Twin models of the MV10-S, virtually the same 550-hp V-10 engine that powers […]

Private Preview 2003: Fast and Furious Go-Fasts

One of the most popular and successful names in performance boating and racing has been discontinued, at least temporarily. Wellcraft Marine recently announced an indefinite halt to its Scarab high-performance boat production, but the company will continue to build Scarab center-console fishing boats at its Sarasota, Fla., factory. Wellcraft may have grounded its go-fasts, but […]

Boating: Speed Demon

When you’re skimming across the water at 90 mph in the best of conditions, the line that separates you from mayhem is ultrafine. Add some 5-foot waves, and the line all but vanishes. I learned this firsthand recently while driving Drambuie On Ice, the 40-foot Skater speedboat that won the latest American Power Boat Association […]