Centurion Boats founder Rick Lee has always been a pioneer in the world of water sports.
He had awards in the national championship in sprint on boats, which is now fashionable to call drag racing, as well as a world record in these competitions. Prior to founding Centurion Boats, Rick competed in 1,600-meter circuit racing on the first K-Jet turbocharged boat. It was his knowledge of hydrodynamics and the ability to build high-speed boats that helped him establish his company in the future.
Rick and Pam Lee received their first boat order over the phone while playing with their one-year-old baby sitting on a rocker. Some time later, after word of mouth spread the news about a successful project, they opened their own production of high-quality jet boats (Jet-boat or jet boat) and weekend cabin boats with an emphasis on speed, the so-called day cruiser. The first boats were made on 930 m2 of leased industrial park area in Southern California.
The production in Merced, California, was a dream, and not only for the future Centurion company, but for all boat manufacturers. In the future, this place has become fertile ground for many leaders in the water sports industry.
Today, production workshops have an area of about 11,000 m2, and the entire production takes up almost 2.4 hectares, including a lake for full-scale testing. In 2000, Centurion opened a second plant in Woodland, North Carolina to meet growing demand.
The growing popularity of heel riding in water as a sport has required the creation of new boats. The boat was supposed to have great speed, power, and, of course, smooth water behind the boat. An ideal case would be the general absence of a small wake wave. Given these requirements, Centurion developed the Warrior Barefoot boat, which, in turn, became a cult among fans of this sport, which provided the manufacturer with an impressive annual sales volume. In 1985, the boat became the first outboard boat to tow an athlete at the prestigious AWSA Barefoot National Championships heel championship. Even today, this boat remains a legend with unique qualities for competitors.
Not knowing the exact recipe, Centurion engineers conjured the forms of the future boat, trying to reduce the amount of spray formed. Ultimately, this experiment led to the creation of TruTracII on which for the first time in the world longitudinal editions of the hull were used. Today, this element of the hull can be found on the tow of any company.
Once again, Centurion turned the world of water sports upside down - this time with boat control technology. Centurion has developed and patented the Centurion Articulating Tracking System (CATS), which controls the front keel in the middle of the hull. Stability and turns of the boat with this system were just at altitude.
Centurion remains at the forefront in the development of the first tugboats for wakeboarding and wakesurfing. The main requirements for the boat of those years were as follows: a high hitching point, an integrated ballast system to increase the wave behind the boat, large compartments for storing equipment, and a platform for launching into the water. One of the evaluation criteria that Centurion engineers and the test team insisted on was that there would be a wave for the wakesurf behind the boat. After testing, it was found that the wave behind the boat is good enough to host the first world championship in wakesurfing the same year.
Elite V-Drive legend in the Centurion Hall of Fame. Thanks to the ICS (Integrated Composite System) and proven design, it remains one of the best-selling boats on the market. There were enough competitors for the boat - Air Warrior, Hurricane, Lightning - but they would never become an Elite V-Drive boat.
Centurion Introduces New UCS (Unified Composite System) Manufacturing Standard Now the hull of the boat for water sports consists entirely of composites, which allowed to reduce weight, increase the manufacturability and reliability of the hull.
In 1999, Centurion received an award from Powerboat Magazine for the outstanding quality of boats, and in 2000 the company confirms its title and takes the title again. This was facilitated by the introduction of Centurion engineers ICS system (Integrated Composite System), which combined all the components of the case. Previously, the hull power kit, deck, and engine mounting location were separate parts that were glued into the hull. To increase the rigidity of the body they were combined in one form. As a result, Centurion received a boat that goes on the water as "gently" as never before.
The latest innovation for Centurion is the new Sideswipe exhaust system with exhaust fumes away from the boat heading. This system allows you to enjoy wakesurfing without inhaling the exhaust gases of the engine, while the rider is on one side of the boat, and the exhaust goes to the other.
Centurion's development has been closely associated with the world of sports since the 60s, so it is not surprising that the design of the new line of boats closely echoes the world of sports cars. Elegant, stylish and powerful, the Enzo series immediately attracted attention, whether it was parked at the pier, just running along the surface of the water, or towing riders on the legendary big wave.
Since 2005, Centurion boats have installed VTF perforated keels. Perforation on the front of the keel allows water to flow more freely into the area of reduced pressure behind the keel when turning the boat, which reduces vibration and noise, increasing the level of comfort when riding on a boat.