Archive for January, 2012

LFB welcomes JERSEY OUTLAW  as one of their newest partners!

Jersey Outlaw 487 is not just a race boat. It is a team of people: drivers, mechanics, sponsors, boat hands, vendors, organizers, and most important, our fans! People like you and your families! We are a culture of people that like things in life to be exciting! It’s about living life to the fullest. Sharing the good times, and the bad, with friends and family. We believe that together we can accomplishing anything. There’s power in people, and we the people of Jersey Outlaw 487, work together to not just win races, but to make our communities a little bit better.

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LFB welcomes TOTAL SIGN as one of their newest partners!

LFB welcomes as one of their newest partners!

Thank You to or better known as OSO.  They are the Largest High Performance Boating Website on the Internet.  There you will find anything and everything you will need to know about High Performance Boating by visiting our very popular Forum.  Truly there is something for everyone here including Videos, Photos, Classifieds, Live Chat, Hotspots, Calendar, and even an Uncensored Section! So take your time and browse around.  When ready, you can register (FREE) and begin posting with thousands of other boaters.

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Lucididee Fast Boats will be contributing photos in their own section of the Multi Media Gallery forum.  OSO has moved some of our photos into this new section.  Please visit OSO to see some of our highlights over the past year:

Joey Gratton Foundation

Posted: January 26, 2012 in News

Joey Gratton Foundation mission  is to help provide the opportunity and the means by which children can actively participate in an organized sport that values personal integrity, team and leadership skills, in a fun and healthy learning environment. This is accomplished through donations of equipment and scholarships.

Joey Gratton loved kids and loved sports, so what better way to celebrate his life than to create a foundation that links the two together. The Joey Gratton Foundation will focus on creating opportunity for those who may not have the chance.
For more information about the Foundation visit:
Joey was born and raised in Naples Florida. He was a born athlete and the best at whatever he set his mind to. As a child he grew up playing little league basketball, baseball and football. From there he grew into becoming a champion motocross racer, a nationally ranked tennis player and a World Champion Powerboat Racer! He was a true achiever and the best in anything and everything he did.

Motocross: In the ‘70’s, Joey raced on the professional motocross circuit earning $500 to $600 a week and climbing to a No. 1 ranking in the southeastern United States. His motocross career ended abruptly during practice in his mid-20s. Joey landed hard when coming off a jump and the impact forced the bike’s foot peg to pierce his knee and severing a tendon. That sidelined him for good.

Tennis: Referring to himself as a “fierce competitor,” Gratton found tennis. He picked up a racket for the first time at 28 and by the time he was 35, Gratton was the No. 1 ranked amateur player in Florida and No. 3 nationally in his age group. He regularly competed in the USTA Leagues where he and his team won the National Championship in 9.0 mixed doubles. He was looking forward to the 2012 season where he was going to start playing the national “Father/Son” tournaments with his son Brock.

“Joey was an amazing guy,” said two-time Australian Open-winner Johan Kriek, a former Naples resident and close friend of Gratton. “He was a tremendous athlete. Joey did everything to the fullest — a larger-than-life type of guy, one of the last of the Mohicans.”

Offshore Racing: After moving to Sarasota, Joey loved watching the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix Powerboat races. Year after year he would say “I’m going to be in one of those boats one day”. In 1997, his dream came true. Gratton raced a powerboat for the first time when a throttleman recognized him from his motocross exploits and he was invited to drive a prostock outboard at the Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix. He of course accepted the invitation!

Joey was a natural, it was like his motocross days where he was one with the machine. It required the same timing that was needed in motorcross and becoming number one felt in his grips. His first race did not go exactly as planned, during the pace lap Joey was stunned as the steering wheel came off in his hands! After wrestling it back onto the shaft, they popped a motor and was unable to finish the race. This was the start to his powerboat racing career.

Gratton overcame that inauspicious start to join and race on another team where he earned his first national win later that year. It was also in 1997 when Gratton met Steve Page.

Joey Gratton and Page became teammates the following year and went on to win 7 World titles and 10 National championships and 53 National and Regional 1st place wins.

Joey won additional World and National Championship’s with other teams; Dirty Duck, In M’ocean Again, Pier 57 and most recently with Kyler Talbot, in the Stock Class Talbot Excavating out of Washington state.

On 11/11/11, Joey was taken while racing in the 31st World Championship Powerboat Races in Key West, FL. He was on his final lap with 2 turns to go, when the boat rolled. He was .5 second behind the first place boat where he had been gaining on them with each lap. The boat rolled and Joey unfortunately did not make it. His driver Steve Page was able to free himself and was unhurt. Joey drowned leaving behind his soul mate of 33 years Priscilla, twin 30-year-old sons Brock and Blake, two daughter-in-laws Michelle & Brittany, and a granddaughter Scarlett, his mother Winnie and husband Ira Mogul, brother Ron Stanley and sister Kim Pell. He loved racing and his passion for the sport can be seen in a video titled “In his Own Words”, watch it here.

“Everyone dies, but not everyone lives…”  Joey Gratton Lived… and is dearly missed.


Sign Up Bonus

Posted: January 24, 2012 in News, Off the Dock

Become a partner with Lucididee Fast!

LFB will be attending events across North America  (See Schedule) representing the Lucididee Fast Boats Brand with a our custom promotional booth.  In turn when becoming an advertiser with LFB, it gives your brand the opportuniy to be at the sites as well.  This opportuniy will allow for your brand to be at these sites via your supplied promotional brochures, banners, etc

New this season is the introduction of the “2012 Year in Review” picture book.  Sign up now so that your brand will be included in the “2012 Year in Review”.  We are working on creating custom Team Promotional Packages.  We guarantee a unique, clean, and affordable package.


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CMI Partners with Lucididee Fast Boats

Posted: January 24, 2012 in News

LFB welcomes CMI as one of their newest partners!

CMI is all about managing the business of IT. We are a leading provider of technology services, and have been supporting critical IT initiatives for Fortune 500 companies for 20 years including the design, development, systems integration, testing and operational support of application development platforms and systems.

Our mission is to continuously cultivate successful partnerships and work together with our clients to choose and implement the best technology solutions for their business. Focused on your needs, we offer a wide array of comprehensive and tailored solutions that are guaranteed to maximize the value of your technology investments.

By partnering with CMI, you’ll tap into a single, superior source of IT focused solutions that meet all your specific business goals and objectives. Whether you need to migrate to a new operating system, implement high-level IT governance and strategy, fill critical IT positions or explore outsourcing options, CMI is sure to deliver!

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LFB welcomes PROFORM AUTO as one of their newest partners!

Maryland Performance Works Ltd. (MPW) started as a performance parts distributor and quickly grew into an aggressive contender in the aftermarket industry. Providing unsurpassed customer service and industry leading warranty support has allowed for more successful business opportunities. Our business philosophy is simple; to provide high quality products while remaining in contact with our customers core needs.

As the world of Paint Protection Film (PPF) continues to evolve, small areas being covered from the manufacturers have created a need for frontal impact coverages. MPW saw the demand for this clear product and focused business efforts on offering the best kits for installation. Based out of Maryland, MPW was the first to bring this clear concept to the Mid-Atlantic area and continues to be leader in sales and support to installers.

“Proform” quickly became one of the nations leading brands for this clear protection and merged into a co-op company in 2004. Proform Protective Films Inc. is now one of the worlds leading authority on clear paint protection technology offering a ‘kit that fits’ mentality the industry needed. Proform kits offer the best in ‘edge to edge’ coverage while not detracting from the aesthetics of your vehicle. Proform kits are designed BY installers FOR installers. Whether an installer or an enthusiast please feel free to browse our site, email or call with any questions or comments. Rest assured while dealing with Proform, your satisfaction comes first.

For more on Proform Auto visit: is excited to partner again with the LFB! is a discussion forum about high performance offshore boats, engines, superchargers and boating, providing top technical knowledge about all aspects of power boating.

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LFB welcomes Tyler Crockett Marine Engines as one of their newest partners!

Tyler Crockett Marine Engines Is based out of Ruby, MI.  Tyler started building motors at 15 years old and has been in business for over 20 years. His shop does everything from easy EFI bolt on kits to Supercharger installations, custom engine setups, and is a complete machine shop. We also offer Dyno service.

He exports parts and engines worldwide.

Read Tyler’s articles which appear in Performace Boats Magazine !!!

For more on Tyler Crockett Marine Engines visit:

TnT Racing running in the 2011 St Clair River Classic ~ OPA Racing

TnT Racing is excited to partner again with the LFB! TnT Racing is current running in both OPA & SBI offshore race circuts.

For over ten years, Trent Weyant has been committed to performance, having won seven championships and more than 70 races in offshore boat racing. TnT Racing accomplished these seven titles in Offshore’s top two associations, and has established itself as a dominant force in the sport.

  • 2002 – SBI National Factory 1 Champions with Frank Sarro & Scott O’Conner
  • 2002 – Achieved World Kilo Speed Record
  • 2003 – SBI National Factory 1 Champions with Frank Sarro & Scott O’Conner
  • 2003 – SBI World Factory 1 Champions with Frank Sarro & Bob Carter
  • 2003 – Achieved World Kilo Speed Record
  • 2006 – Named “Performer of the Year” in Poker Runs America magazine
  • 2007 – SBI National Factory1 Champions with Scott O’Conner & Scott Brown
  • 2007 – SBI World Factory 1 Champions with Scott O’Conner
  • 2007 – SBI Florida Factory 1 Champions with Scott O’Conner & Scott Brown
  • 2007 – Received the first ever “Triple Crown”
  • 2007 – Achieved “The Chattanooga Mile” Speed Record
  • 2011 – OPA National Class 4 Champions with Val Fiorillo
  • 2011 – OPA World Class 4 Champions with Val Fiorillo & Ed Smith

Key to their success has been their world-class sponsorship base which includes such great companies as Mariner’s Club Resort, Geico Insurance, Fountain Powerboats, Formula Powerboats, Peters & May Global Boat Transport and others. More Fortune 500 companies rely on racing to build their brands and market their products and services than any other sport. TnT Racing supports these brands with on-track performance and, in turn, fans reward our sponsors with appreciation and loyalty.

Through on and off the track dedication to excellence and commitment to performance for our teams, fans and sponsors, TnT Racing has and will continue to thrive in the Offshore Arena for many years to come.

For more on TnT Racing visit

Jersey Boys Offshore Race Team

The Jersey Boyz is excited to partner again with the LFB! The Jersey Boys is one of the original memeber of OPA Racing.

There is probably no single race more famous than The Benihana Offshore Grand Prix. This race was known as the Indy 500 of Offshore Racing and was held in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, during the 1970’s. The New Jersey Offshore Powerboat Racing Association has been the host club since racing started in Point Pleasant Beach some 40+ years ago. NJ Offshore (NJOPRA) is still a very active club with over 100 members and has kept the tradition of Offshore Racing alive on the Jersey Shore for all those years.

For more on The Jersey Boyz visit:

The Porter Family says Good-Bye

Posted: January 23, 2012 in News

as reported on H1 Unlimited web site

Ted Porter, owner of the Precision Performance Engineering/LLC Race Team, has announced that his family will be leaving the sport and selling the team’s large inventory of equipment.

In 2011, the team campaigned three hulls – the U-5 Graham Trucking driven by Jeff Bernard, the U-7 driven by Scott Liddycoat and the U-57 driven by Mark Evans.
H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole responded to the news by saying, “This is very sad news.  Ted and his family have been a major, very positive part of our sport on and off the race course and we will miss them personally and professionally.  I want to personally thank Ted for all that he has contributed to the growth of the sport and wish him and the Porter family all the best in the their future endeavors.”
In a release Thursday morning, Porter said –
It has been an amazing ride for the Ted Porter Family and Precision Performance Engineering/LLC. In the six years we have been in the sport our U-5/U-7/U-57 team has won the National Championship once, the World Championship twice, countless heat wins, and several race wins. We have successfully done what many said couldn’t be done, competitively run a three boat team. Actually several said a two boat national team couldn’t be done successfully. When we mastered two national boats we moved on to three national boats. The latest proof to this success was the 1st, 2nd, 4th place finishes at the Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar. The great people on our team have been the secret to our great success. We’ve had 50+ team members over the years to thank for our great success and I would mention them all individually but I don’t want to accidentally leave anyone unmentioned.
 Looking back:  We were introduced into the sport in 2005 as a boat sponsor when there were only seven boats signed-up for the first race. The sport was in trouble and needed an 8th boat to fill the field to not incur contractual penalties with race sites. Formula Powerboats stepped-up and sponsored the U-5 and went on to finish in the top 5 National High Points that very first year.
 In 2006 Precision Performance Engineering/LLC & U-5 Racing, was formed. A deal was struck with the Bernie Little Family and the T5 & T6, Trucks, trailers, and equipment were purchased and moved to Decatur, Indiana. The boats underwent the name transformation from Miss Budweiser to U-5 & U-7  This rookie owner and rookie team and rookie crew chief and rookie driver went on to win Valleyfield and ultimately the 2006 National High Points Championship. That was one for the record books and had never been done in the history of the sport.
 2007 was the sophomore slump year with flips on both the U-5 & U-7 boats. We continued to run the two primary boats and a back-up boat that year, our first taste of three boats, and finished the year much smarter than we started.
 2008 was back to the good times with race wins in Madison Governors Cup and San Diego plus the Crew Of The Year Award.
 2009 had two more wins w/Thunder in Evansville (1st & 2nd) and the Inaugural Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship!
 2010 had several heat wins but no Final trophies. This was our first accident-free year since 2006.  We did win the Owner Of The Year award due in part to the multi-boat contribution to the sport. We also made history in San Diego with three boats from one team competing and finishing a final heat, again never before in the sport.
Our OPA Offshore P4 team debuted that year with a respectable 2nd National High Points and 2nd World Champion finishes.
 In 2011 our three boat H1 Unlimited team made history again with all three national boats U-5/U-7/U-57 competing in all races, several final heats, and the epic finish in the Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship winning 1st, 2nd, &4th place finishes.
Also in 2011 our OPA Offshore P4 team had an amazing year winning the National High Points Championship and the World Championship.
 This relatively young team has achieved success not seen by many teams that have been in the sport for decades. Again it’s the people, our extended family, that made all this possible.
 As 2011 winds to a close it is with heavy heart and fond memories I announce that the Porter Family is exiting the sport to pursue other interests.  It is our choice to leave the sport in healthy times. We entered the sport to help make it stronger. Now that the sport has the staying-power to last for generations, we feel we can move on. A special thanks to Air National Guard and other series sponsors.  With these sponsors the sport is healthier than it has been since Miss Budweiser’s exit. No one will ever be able to fill Bernie Little’s shoes, but our team did bring some really great boats out of mothballs and put them back on the water and into the winner’s circle where they belong.  These boats were built to win and they were built to last.  Their timeless/winning design continues to be built into the newest boats out there. Hopefully new future owners can run these awesome winning hulls well into the future.
Thanks again to the sponsors and fans that share our success!
Best Regards
We will be looking for good homes for our equipment.

PRESS RELEASE: Peters & May / PR Power

Shipping Leader is Title Sponsor of Prestigious Award Ceremony

Itasca, IL — Further cementing its role as a leader, not just in international boat shipping, but in sponsorship of American Power Boat Association racing, Peters & May has signed on as Title Sponsor of the annual Hall of Champions ceremony that takes place on January 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
The top champion in each APBA racing category will be honored with a banquet, video presentation and Hall of Champions award. An APBA Hall of Champions jacket is regarded as the highest possible racing award and all APBA racers work all season contending not just for Championship titles, but also for this prestigious honor.
Peters & May specializes in international marine shipping and logistics. The company is trusted with providing worldwide transportation to over 5,000 vessels each year via sea, road, rail and air. For the past several years, Peters & May has moved the entire Unlimited fleet–this year 12 boats, spare engines, trailers and all necessary equipment–to Doha, Qatar for the Oryx Cup. That is precious cargo, and Peters & May has carried out their trust flawlessly.
Peters & May is also a sponsor of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation and is the “Approved Marine Transport Provider” for the UIM and most recently became the “UIM Youth Development Program Funding Partner.” So while it supports teams and sanctioning bodies, Peters & May continues to “give back” to the sport, ensuring its future by educating young racers.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Hall of Champions Award,” says David Holley, CEO of the UK-based Peters & May, “With our Chicago office nearby and our dedication to the sport of powerboat racing, we felt this support to the pre-eminent event for racers was appropriate and timely; we congratulate each racer as well as each award winner for their inspirational hard work and racing success.”
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OPA Racing Awards Nite is February 11

Posted: January 23, 2012 in News, Racing

The OPA Racing Awards banquet will be held on February 11, 2011 at the Oyster Creek Inn. Awards will be given to the 2010 OPA National Winners, High Points Champion and recipient of the “Godfather Award”. The cost of the dinner is $70 a person and that includes full dinner and live music starting at 7pm sharp. The dress code is nice casual which means no ripped up jeans. Everyone will pay at the door and please bring cash only. No credit cards! Each winning team will receive 2 OPA jackets as the National Champion. If you would like to purchase addition jackets you can do so by contacting Smitty, (This option is not limited to just the winners, any OPA team can purchase a jacket for $150 each)

Oyster Creek Inn
41 Oyster Creek Rd
Leeds Point, NJ 08220
ph: (609) 652-8565

A racers meeting will be held at the DOCLE on February 11 at 5-7pm. We will cover many of the teams concerns of late. Insurance Coverage. What exactly is Participant coverage. This is something we have for our teams that others do not.

Safety. We stepped up our game considerably This past season, and will continue to add personnel, to the program. Our safety will remain in the hands Of Bruce Johnson, and Andy Guarissimo.

At this time we will review the rules, and listen to any of the teams concerns. Regarding their The competition on the water.

A room block has been made at DOLCE in Galaway @ $100 a nite. Block pricing expires on February 3rd.
CODE: OPA Racing
401 S. New York Rd
Galloway, NJ 08205
(855) 894 8698

GO TO OPA RACING or The Jersey Boyz for more information

2012 Schedule of Events

Posted: January 23, 2012 in News, Schedule

April 13-15  Jacksoville Superboat Grand Prix ~ SBI  Jacksonville, FL

May 4-6  TBA ~ SBI  Florida

May 11-13  Ocean City Grand Prix ~ OPA  Ocean City, MD

May 18-20  Space Coast Superboat Grand Prix ~ SBI  Cocoa Beach, FL

June 1-3  Miami Super Boat Grand Prix ~ SBI  Miami, FL

June 8-10  TBA ~ OPA  Michigan

June 29 – July 1  Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix ~ SBI  Sarasota, FL

July 6-8  Long Beach Island Grand Prix  Beach Haven, NJ

July 27-29  St Clair Ricer Classic ~ OPA  St Clair, MI

August 3-5  Super Boat Great Lakes Grand Prix  Michigan City, IN

August 10-12  International Offshore Powerboat Race  Port Huron, MI / Sarnia, Ont, Can

August 24-26  TBA ~ OPA  Long Island, NY

September 7-9  New York Grand Prix ~ SBI  Jersey City, NJ / New York, NY

September 28 – 30  Solomons Offshore Grand Prix  Solomons, MD

October 18-21  OPA World Championships  West Palm Beach, FL

November 4-11  SBI World Championships  Key West, FL


* Schedule Subject to Change
** Additional Events to be added, check back frequently
*** Once “TBA” sites are known, the schedule will be updated accordingly