Benefitting from more than 35 years of experience in the performance boat industry, Jay Pilini of Pilini Marine Technologies in Clearwater, Fla., has developed a solid reputation. For those who don’t know Pilini, which likely isn’t many of you, he founded both Motion Powerboats and Spectre Powerboats in the ’80s and ’90s, and at the moment he’s got his hands full with boat service and sales — the sales coming in the form of the Spectre by Pilini 24- and 35-foot center consoles as well as an upcoming Pilini Marine Technologies 34 XCS catamaran.
And while everyone wants to know about the cat — that is after all Pilini’s forte — he doesn’t want to share too many details too early. By no means is he being guarded, he just wants to leave the finished product expectations to everyone’s imagination. Currently the hull mold received its final coats of wax this week and Pilini is ready to lay up hull No. 1 and pop it from the mold at about the same time as the deck mold is completed.
He said he’s excited about the new 34-foot cat, which has a 10-foot beam, a five-step sponson design and a race-proven lightweight Kevlar/Carbon/Corecel composite construction, but he knows the variation of offerings — center consoles and catamarans, not to mention renovation projects and service work — are what is going to keep him in business.
“I love building boats, especially cats because they’re the most fun things you can possibly run on the water, but I also enjoy working on all kinds of boats and turning someone’s dream into a reality,” said Pilini, who takes a lot of pride in the customer service approach of his business.
“We can’t wait to show off the new cat. It’s being built with a wraparound windshield, ergonomic seating for six, bow storage hatches with provisions for an anchor, lines or bumpers, and ample cockpit storage. There’s no wood or balsa core to absorb water and fail, and we’re using aluminum fuel tanks for durability with today’s fuels.”
Pilini said he’s had several customers place orders for the new 34-foot cat, all of which are waiting patiently to see how the first one comes out. The first one, according to Pilini, will be powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines, but the boat is available in a stern-drive configuration as well. The controls and dash configuration also can be customized.
Customization is a becoming more of a focus with the Spectre by Pilini center consoles, too, according to Pilini.
“Our center console hull design is a deep V with a pad, which provides a comfortable, predictable and stable ride that will match or exceed the performance of other boats in our class—stepped or not,” he said. “Our 35 SS center console has been upgraded with choices for custom seating materials and configurations, granite counter tops, Marine mat flooring, a refrigerator mounted in the helm base, LED lighting through and, as always, your choice of factory-installed options.”
Beyond the new construction, Pilini made it clear that he’s proud to offer factory-quality service, refinishing, repowers and electronics installation on any brand of boat.
“Whether it’s a 16-foot Sidewinder or the massive Miss GEICO raceboat, we are up to the task,” Pilini said.
Former Powerboat editor Jason Johnson was an integral part of the magazine staff from 2005 through 2011, utilizing journalistic integrity and experience in and around performance boats to report on all aspects of the go-fast lifestyle. The award-winning writer resides in Southern California and is the executive editor and co-publisher of speedonthewater.com.