Eliminator Boats Unveils Speedster 255 with Ilmor Engine and Drive at Desert Storm Street Party
Mark Baker, General Manager of Sales at Eliminator Boatswas most certainly thrilled to unveil the latest 255 Speedster from Mira Loma, California this afternoon at the Desert Storm Poker Tower Street party in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Attendees of today’s Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party got a first look at the latest 255 Speedster Eliminator boats.
Not only is the 25ft catamaran his personal boat, but it’s a particularly unique model based on its power and drive configuration, which he says is inspired by a previous Eliminator he owned, a 24 foot Daytona with a MerCruiser Blackhawk surfacing engine. Complementing its sleek black and white six-seat cockpit and clean, crisp white gelcoat with black accents, the 255 Speedster’s new power unit is probably the most eye-catching aspect of the boat as it is powered by a Ilmor Navy MV8 570 engine mated to an Ilmor One-Drive system with a two-inch shorter lower unit.
“First I have to give credit to the rigging guys — primarily Chris Camire, Sr., and Chris Camire, Jr. — for putting this boat together in time for us to get her to Desert Storm,” Baker said Thursday morning. . “These guys finished the boat at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and we loaded it onto the trailer and headed out to Havasu. We did a shakedown yesterday and started the initial phase of prop testing.
Eliminator Boats Mark Baker (left) and Jake Fraleigh (right) were thrilled to unveil the new 255 Speedster in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, alongside Mike Lindberg, Vice President, Marine at Ilmor Engineering, Inc. Photo by Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Pictures
With help from the Eliminator crew and an Ilmor crew of Oliver Ray, Nick Reed, Chris Pollum and more, Baker expects to spend a lot of time testing the boat on next month and throughout the summer. He said Navy Hill is working on hub-mounted five-bladed cleaver-style propellers to try out and that he plans to test different drive and motor heights.
He also said counter-rotating twin-prop drives have always worked well on the bottom 25 Daytona, which is the basis for the 255 Speedster introduced by Eliminator in 2019. All but one of the 255 Speedsters built since then were outboards. -powered; the one with the sterndrive power had a mercury race 565 motor and a Bravo One XR drive.
“The idea of using a counter-rotating surfacing drive isn’t new, but doing it with the new LS platform that Ilmor uses for this motor with the company’s One-Drive system excites me,” said added Baker. “I want everyone to see the new LS platform and better understand the benefits of a counter-rotating surface drive. We at Eliminator are all excited to be part of Ilmor’s return to performance sailing.
Eliminator unveiled the 25ft at 1pm this afternoon and there is no doubt that the boat will attract a lot of attention today and throughout the week. The Ilmor team, who are in town for the event, even provided a 570 engine on a stand to go along with the exhibit.
“We are thrilled to be here, the timing of this unveiling is perfect,” said Oliver Ray, Senior Director of Business Development at Ilmor. “We have been keeping a close eye on the market and believe there is a great opportunity for our product to fit in there.”
Pollum, director of marketing and communications for Ilmor, added that the development of products included in the Eliminator packaging is just the beginning.
“This is a natural extension of our One-Drive product family as we enter the recreational performance market,” Pollum said, pleased with the quality of yesterday’s initial test. “The opportunity to introduce a twin prop drive to this industry with the superiority of products that are on the water is exciting. We believe the product can provide a greater level of confidence between increased stability and control, not to mention the maneuverability at dock thanks to the smooth shifting.
The 255 Speedster, which Baker named Double in recognition of its twins, Daniel and Jacob, is of course equipped with high-end comfort, electronics and stereo equipment.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the 255 Speedster courtesy of Eliminator Boats, Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images and Jeff Helmkamp (Ilmor Marine team).
“Craig McLean (Eliminator Operations Manager) machined the piece of acrylic into the engine hatch and he also shaped the windshield almost an inch longer which we could incorporate into future builds “, said Baker. “The interior is all vinyl to give it a classic look and we’ve shortened the seat pedestals by two inches.”
The Eliminator team installed Ilmor Merlin screens in each dashboard with a Simrad display in between. A Rugged Radios The VHF intercom system was included and Kicker Navy speakers were selected, with the team going so far as to mold a speaker into each headrest.
With the 255 Speedster, which sat on a nifty three-axle trailer from Extreme Custom TrailersToday’s Desert Storm Street Party attendees can check out several other models from the company and purchase Eliminator products at the same time.
Editor’s note: Speedonthewater.com will follow this story as the boat comes online.
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