First Twin V-10 Outboard-Powered Tritoon Showcased In Englewood Beach Created

Written by Matt Trulio

Racers and fans in Englewood Beach, Fla., this weekend for the Offshore Powerboat Association Englewood Beach Waterfest World Championships will have brand-new-and at this point unique-engines to ogle before and after races. WMF Watercraft and Marine, an Avalon/Tahoe pontoon dealer that is based in Delaware but opened a new location in Cape Coral, Fla., a couple of months ago, has the twin Mercury Marine Verado V-10 outboard engines on display in the dry pits.

An Avalon 2585 Catalina Windshield Quad-Lounge Platinum Tritoon model, the 25-footer pulled demo duty earlier this week at Lake X in St. Cloud, Fla., where Mercury Marine introduced the 400-hp V-10 outboard and its 350-hp sibling to members of the media. WMF Watercraft owner Bill Forenski and his team spent a full day taking out reporters on the boat.

"Avalon sent me as their dealer representative to Lake X and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Forenski said. "And I think that the press people really liked that I was a dealer, which gave them a different perspective than, say, a manufacturer taking them for a boat ride might.

"We started giving rides at 9 a.m. and never stopped," he continued. "The Avalon was the most popular demo boat there. Some of the writers came back two and three times for rides."

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Earlier this week at Lake X, WMF Watercraft's Bill Forenski and company spent the day giving demo rides to members of the marine media.