St. Petersburg, FL - Neither six-foot seas nor rough economic waters could hinder the on-water debut of STATEMENT! Marine's new 42 "Ultimate," the newest entry into the custom high-performance V-bottom market. The boat was launched during the Poker Runs America season opener in St. Petersburg, FL, the location of STATEMENT's manufacturing facility.

According to spokesman Gene Weeks, the gnarly water conditions during the recent St. Petersburg event were perfect for showing off the new boat's exclusive design features. The 42 Ultimate exceeded all expectations; "We knew she was a good boat, but we did not know she was THAT good," Weeks stated with pride.

Of 82 boats that left St. Petersburg marina, only eight boats and three of them V-bottoms, were bold enough to take on the Gulf of Mexico and travel 20 miles to the planned lunch stop. Most of the fleet turned back instead of challenging the 6-8 ' seas in the mouth of Tampa Bay.

"Hats off to Mark Spates, who designed the aerodynamic hull!" Weeks continued, "The boat is far more efficient than it should be for its weight and the air-cushioned cockpit really works well." The entire helm and seating area of the 42' powerboat rides on an exclusive patent pending shock absorbing system; it mitigates the jarring impact typically experienced by V-bottom hulls in rough seas.

Atypical of some maiden voyages, the fit, finish and rigging of the vessel held up well. "When we pulled into port we had just two loose audio speaker covers-otherwise we were in perfect shape and were very pleased!" Weeks added, "The Mercury Racing 1075 SCi engines were strong and smooth and provided ideal power."

Dozens of performance boaters experienced the 42 Ultimate first-hand in a series of demo rides and, according to Weeks, the reaction was singular. "Everyone who rode the boat had a one word reaction when they returned, 'WOW!' he said.

Weeks proudly described the boat's performance, "At 137+ [mph], the boat is VERY stable and requires almost no wheel input. At 125 [mph] with five people in the boat, it was like driving a luxury car straight down an interstate at 100 [mph]. The boat is extremely friendly--not a hint of chine-walk or porpoising and the nose doesn't dive when you chop the throttles," he said, itemizing maladies that are the bane of most V-bottom performance boats.