Many of you already know who
champion throttle man Joe Imprescia is. Joe also owns and runs Eastcoast
Marine, located in Amityville, Long Island. Here, we present to you a
quick look at Joe's ride - a custom Superboat 21 Legend was built strictly for
racing in the USPBA an NPBA. When the boat was built, Joe Imprescia made a deal
that if it was going to be sold, he had the first option to purchase it. The
boat's construction is Kevlar and Devinacell, resulting in a hull weight of 940
lbs, less motor and rigging.
Ed Ryan had the boat built and had Eddie Leece drive
it. The Superboat was raced from 1989 through 1992 in the
United States Power Boat Association, and the National Power Boat
Association. All races were held in the northeast and the boat won nine
out of eleven races.
"Arizona" as it was once called, was originally
rigged with a 1989 200 Mercury, then in 1991, a 2.5 Mercury retired the 200.
With the larger V6, the Legend hit 86 mph. In 1993, Joe Imprescia of East Coast
Marine Performance purchased the Superboat and it sat until the winter of 1998.
It was at this point that Joe got the boat together and hung a 225 Mercury Pro
Max on it. He used the boat during the summer of 1999, and achieved a top speed
of 80 mph with that setup. It was time to up the ante, so over the
winter of 1999, Joe completely unrigged the boat and sent it out to have
it painted. During the re-rigging process, he boat has been completely updated
with Gaffrig gauges, hydraulic steering, wireless trim on the wheel, CMC
hydraulic jack plate, which Joe unassembled and had anodized in black to further
compliment the new colors of the boat. Additionally, he added some very
nice pop up cleats and the boat got a complete new interior, and all new
power coated brackets.
Finally, the addition of a Mercury Pro Max 300 would complete
the package. As if this was not enough, Joe decided to go all out and have
the large three-liter Mercury shortened with a custom-cut fifteen inch
midsection. This SS Pro Max 300 is the only one we know if in existence,
and we expect many custom shops to follow suit. Stay with us on this -
soon we'll report the performance of this custom rig. For now, we hope you
enjoyed the article. - SCREAMANDFLY.COM December 2000