Marlow challenges fellow builders to trans-Atlantic contest

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David Marlow, of passagemaker builder Marlow Yachts, has challenged at least eight other manufacturers to a trans-Atlantic race for bragging rights to the best in speed and fuel efficiency.

"We believe that our yachts will go further and faster on less fuel, easily outdistancing any similar type vessel with similar power," Marlow said in a statement.

Marlow has chosen his Voyager 76LR, which was unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show, for the proposed "Ocean Challenge." He says the modified semidisplacement hull with delta-shaped bow will cruise 30 percent faster than a displacement hull while maintaining efficient fuel consumption until cruising far past displacement speed capabilities.

At least eight builders have been formally challenged to race non-stop nearly 4,000 miles from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Reykjavik, Iceland. Companies include Fleming, Grand Banks, Kadey-Krogen, Nordhavn, Ocean Alexander, Offshore, Outer Reef and Selene.

Entrants would be required to place $50,000 in escrow, with a winner-take-all prize for the victor.

Most of the builders contacted by Soundings Trade Only declined to comment but privately indicated little willingness to participate.

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