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 Toyota Marine Sports Launches Into Boating With Epic

Dateline: 7/01/98

Toyota's newest division and the marine industry's latest player, has announced it is entering the boat business at full speed with its new water-ski boat, Epic. The tournament-class Epic 21 and 22, the closed- and open-bow model, respectively, go on sale this August.

"We are bringing Toyota's quality, technology and experience to the boat business," said Doug Plescia, vice president and general manager of Toyota Marine Sports. "Toyota Marine Sports dealers offer a unique advantage because both our boat and engine are Toyota products. We offer customers a great boat combined with customer service, maintenance and parts."

The Epic is powered by Toyota's VT300i 4.0-liter, V8 engine delivering 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. This same block is used in several Lexus products, including the Lexus GS 400, LS 400 and SC 400. The aluminum block and cylinder heads with a stainless steel exhaust system result in a lightweight engine with an excellent power-to-weight ratio.

This proven engine is paired with U.S.-designed boats featuring unique hull designs that provide ideal wake conditions for any water sport. At high speeds there is a minimal wake for slalom skiing, but at lower speeds the Epic generates a high wake for wakeboarding. Additionally, the seven degree deadrise angle at the transom allows for a smooth ride at any speed.

The Epic also provides plenty of storage space, including a lockable trunk for large items such as anchors and wakeboards. Small items, such as sunglasses and sunscreen, are secured by elasticized nets throughout the boat. Storage for cold drinks is easy with the in-dash, insulated, self-draining cooler and numerous cupholders that can accommodate drinks with or without can coolers.

The boats are being manufactured by Maritec Industries in Orlando, Fla., the maker of Gambler bass boats.

By year end, both the 20' 10" closed-bow and 21' 8" open-bow Epic models will be available through 30 Toyota Marine Sports dealerships across the nation. Toyota Marine Sports dealers will offer Epic products, Toyota Marine parts, service, warranties and financing options. Toyota Marine Sports' top five sales territories will be Northern California, Southern California, Southern Michigan (Detroit area), Northwest (Seattle area) and Central Texas (Austin area).

Specifications Epic 21 Epic 22

* Deadrise 7 degrees 7 degrees
* Length 20' 10" 21' 8"
* Beam 90" 93"
* Fuel Capacity 27 gal. 27 gal.
* Seating Capacity 6 8
* Cockpit 10' 10' 6"
* Freeboard 24" 26.5"
* Dry Weight 2,500 lbs. 2,800 lbs.
* Top Speed 47 mph 46 mph
* Propeller 13x13 RH4B 13x13 RH4B

 VT 300i Specifications

* Horsepower 300 hp 6,000 rpms
* Maximum torque 310 lb.-ft. 4,200 rpms
* Cylinder block & head aluminum alloy
* Weight (with/without transmission) 628 lbs./566 lbs. without fluids
* Engine layout V 90/8 cylinders
* Valve mechanism 32 valve twin DOHC, belt & gear driven
* Exhaust manifolds Stainless steel
* Displacement 4.0-liters
* Power to weight ratio 0.53 lbs. per horsepower

Photos and text courtesy of Toyota Marine Sports.

Forever In Your Wake,

Julie Bostian
Waterskiing / Wakeboarding Guide

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