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When I saw the Outerlimits SV 29 for the first time, my reaction wasn’t typical. While most people ooh and aah — and for good reason — I breathed a big sigh of relief. This was the result of my taking a seat on the aft bench and realizing that I was in the cockpit up to my shoulders.
My 11-year-old son, Blake, joined Outerlimits President Mike Fiore and me on the test for Blake’s first 100 mph ride, and I was relieved by the security I knew he’d feel sitting this deep in the boat. Midcockpit depth measured 3 feet 1 inch, but to other parents considering the SV 29, here’s a more realistic measurement. Blake, who is 5 feet tall, could hunker down below the top of the acrylic windscreen and ride as happy as can be.
Of course, Blake was beaming as we flew across the water at 100.6 mph with the Mercury Racing 600 hp engine screaming at 5,350 rpm. I was happy because I knew that even in the conditions we had on test day, with a one- to two-foot chop with whitecaps stirred up by winds gusting 10 to 15 knots, the SV 29 handled more than capably. After coming out of a series of 50 mph slalom turns, I headed out into the open water. Within seconds the SV 29 was skimming effortlessly across the waves at 85 mph. Minutes after taking the wheel, I felt comfortable. Running with and against the chop, the four-step bottom rode smoothly on top of the waves. Even with the winds and seas on our beam, my test boat held its course and rode level. This is one sub-30-foot boat that can hang with the big dogs of the poker-run world.