John Tomlinson, co-owner of TNT Custom Marine got the opportunity to test the new Mercury Racing 450R Outboard-Powered Skater 368. Its first on-water trial went extremely well! Read below to hear what Tomlinson says about this spectacular boat and more on its specifications!
Skater Powerboats fans headed to the annual Miami International Boat Show next month will get a look at the first Skater 368 catamaran powered by 450R outboard engines from Mercury Racing. Owned by longtime Skater client Sam Jirik of Arkansas, the 36-footer currently is in Miami at TNT Custom Marine, where it was rigged with the supercharged V-8 outboards by the TNT crew.
The 368 is the Douglas, Mich., custom high-performance boat company’s first build with 450R outboards.
John Tomlinson, who co-owns TNT with Mike Thomas, piloted the catamaran on its first sea trial yesterday. And he was impressed.
“It was great,” he said. “We ran it with a set of 32-inch-pitch props—that’s what we had and we were just trying to get the drive height and water pressure right—with 70 gallons of fuel and it was on the limiters at 115 mph. That’s incredibly efficient. With a pair of 34s, it should run 120 mph or a little more. The customer is coming next week and we’re going to run it some more then. But it was a really, really good ride—solid and stable and without any porpoising.