Get Ready For a Bermuda Challenge Run This Saturday

After weather caused him to turn back in 2011, Fertig is set to make the New York to Bermuda run this Saturday.

Bermuda Challenge 2013
For their 2013 Bermuda Challenge attempt, Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin are piloting a Skater 399. Boat Specifications
Manufacturer – Skater Powerboats
Model – 399 V-hull
Material – Carbon/Kevlar
Engines – Twin 5.9L, 480hp Cummins
Transmissions – ZF Two speeds
Drives – Arneson #8s
Props – Precision Works 19 x 44
Electronics - Simrad NSS Integrated Navigation system with satellite weather Performance
Fast cruise - 78mph @ 2mpg (light load)
Top speed - 84mph (light load)
Fertig and Garvin’s Skater 399
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Safety Equipment
Winslow Ultralight 5 person offshore racing life raft
4 Iridium satellite phones
2 Delorme two-way text messenger/trackers
2 406mhz EPIRBs
2 GPS EPIRBs
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Fertig and Garvin’s Skater 399
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Chris Fertig set a new Bermuda Challenge record on Sunday, August 5, 2012 with a time of 21 hours and 39 minutes. Scroll through the gallery to see what went into making this record setting run.Sharkey Images
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The Statement Marine 37 is the first stern-drive to attempt the Bermuda Challenge
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The Statement Marine 37 from the bow, as exhibited at the 2011 Miami Int'l Boat Show
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A port-side view of the Statement 37
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A view of the SimRad electronics at the helm of the Statement 37
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Head-on with the helm of the Statement 37
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Bow rails and bolsters add security and comfort
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An aft transom seat adds three more comfortable positions on-board
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The livewell is equipped with a glass-front so you can monitor your bait condition
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A roomy head is located beneath the helm station
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Previous contender and winner of the Bermuda Challenge
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Shadow-caster, a Bermuda Challenge sponsorequipped the 37 with their LED lights for the passage to Bermuda
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Turtle-Pak flexible tanks will be used to carry the extra fuel necessary to make the 770 mile trip to Bermuda
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The freeboard of the Statement 37 exhibits sponsor names onboard
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Chris Fertig is set to attempt a record run from New York City to the island of Bermuda, aboard his Statement Marine 37 powered with twin diesel Cummins MerCruiser TDI's. With the weather green light, he is scheduled to leave New York Harbor tomorrow, August 4th at around 9:30 am. Followers of the Bermuda Challenge will recall that Fertig attempted the run last year, but had to turn back due to unpredictable and inclement weather. Here is Fertig's first-person account of last year's run.

Hopefully this year the weather holds and Fertig gets to put those TDI Diesels to the test. Here is our review of those diesels based on doing a performance test aboard Fertig's Statement Marine 37: Cummins MerCruiser TDI.