Racers Hope To Break NY To Bermuda Record

July 25, 2013

In 2012, Chris Fertig and Tyson Garvin became the Bermuda Challenge champions with their time of 21 hours and 39 minutes setting a new record for the 760 mile ocean crossing from New York to Bermuda.

However, they only held the record for less than a month as they were bested by an Italian team led by Fabio Buzzi who raced across the ocean in approximately 17 hours.

Fertig and Garvin speaking after their race in 2012:

Fertig and Garvin hope to make a new record attempt in a new boat, a Skater 399 powered by twin Cummins diesels and Arneson Surface Drives. Fertig told Boatingmag.com that the boat is very efficient, burning just 2 GPH at its fast cruise of 78 mph.

Boat Specifications

  • Manufacturer – Skater Powerboats
  • Model – 399 V-hull
  • Material – Carbon/Kevlar
  • Engines – Twin 5.9L, 480hp Cummins
  • Transmissions – ZF Two speeds
  • Drives – Arneson #8s
  • Props – Precision Works 19 x 44
  • Electronics – Simrad NSS Integrated Navigation system with satellite weather


  • Fast cruise – 78mph @ 2mpg (light load)
  • Top speed – 84mph (light load)

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