For Frank Borbely and Livia Chirico, who founded Power Boats New Roc in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2014, the opportunity was just too good to pass up. You see Borbely, who owns a Cigarette Racing 38 Top Gun with twin 800-hp engines and has spent a lot of time in and around performance boats, has always wanted to go racing and he’d always admired the Michael Peters-designed Apache—the US-1 Warpaint built by Ontario Yachts.
So when the 40-foot catamaran, which was damaged during a violent crash at the 2011 Super Boat International Key West World Championships, went up for sale by Warpaint team owner Bob Vesper, who survived the crash with minor injuries (as did throttleman Danny Crank), Borbely jumped at the opportunity to own it. He welcomed the necessary repairs and modifications.
Although the team is 99 percent sure Chirico will drive the new Liv 4 Fear raceboat alongside Borbely (“Frank’s going to need to install air conditioning,” Chirico laughed, the plan is to compete in several races this season in both the Offshore Powerboat Association Super Cat class and the SBI Superboat class. Borbely said the power will come in the form of twin 750-hp spec-class motors built in house. With the boat’s bright yellow and black paint job nearly complete, the Power Boats New Roc team will begin rigging everything in the cockpit and freshly painted engines compartments soon.
Borbely said one of the major changes to the cockpit is switching the steering to the opposite side as well as adding a roll cage and new controls and gauges from Livorsi Marine. After taking ownership of the 40-footer almost two years ago, Power Boats New Roc de-rigged the boat, blueprinted the hull, custom fabricated a new canopy and rear diffuser, and installed new hatch vents and intake scoops.
“Since surviving the Key West crash, I knew that Warpaint was a solid boat and was worth saving,” Borbely said. “I can’t wait to bring this baby back on the water where it belongs. I’ve had my heart set on an offshore raceboat for some time. This really is exciting.”
Of course the raceboat project also provides a great opportunity to promote Borbely’s latest business venture, which includes the full-service side of Power Boats New Roc as well as a complete marine parts department that Borbely said is going to continue to grow.
“With 20-plus years of hands-on experience from fiberglass fabrication and modification, engine rebuilding and repairing, custom stereo systems, hull blueprinting and more, we only stop at perfection,” Borbely said, adding that his team has been customizing boat and truck exteriors via airbrushing, painting and wraps for more than three decades. “We concentrate on exceptional attention to detail that meets our customers’ satisfaction. From design to install, we do it all at Power Boats New Roc.
“We carry everything you need—and if you don’t see it, we can get it,” he added. “Visit us online or in store for our selection of marine parts and accessories.”
Soon to be added to the company’s online parts list—as well as the Liv 4 Fear raceboat—is the Drive Guardian and DriveSync systems from Marine Design Corp. Borbely is currently seeking other sponsors to join Marine Design Corp. and support the team’s efforts.
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, and writes for Sportboat and Powerboating in Paradise magazines.