Steve Stepp, owner of Velocity Powerboats, has been the driving force behind the company for more than 35 years. Stepp and his boats have won numerous National and World Championships in the past three decades and his boating building experience is borne out well on all the models that roll out from the Velocity manufacturing facility in Sanford, FL.

Steve Stepp is a humble gentleman – that is until he starts to speak about his boats and their design heritage. Aerodynamics versus hydrodynamics infuses any conversation he has about his models. In fact, Stepp’s racing legacy and thirst for speed and comfort is evident everywhere in a Velocity.

In recent years, Stepp has become an avid fisherman and spends any free time he can get to on the water and drop a line with his wife Kim in the Florida Keys. This has given him the opportunity to fish inshore and offshore with the 26 VR and appreciate first hand what it takes to refine and manufacture a true fishing machine.

Just recently, Stepp brought a 26 VR powered by a 250 SHO Yamaha to the Sarasota 10th St. boat ramp for Poker Runs America to test. Its long, sleek red hull looked as if it was running 100 mph on the trailer. At first glance, while walking around the boat, I just knew it was built for speed and hardcore fishing. Twin Minn Kota TNT trim and trolling tabs hung off the back, while two Minn Kota Talon hydraulic anchors were mounted to the transom to hold the boat firmly in place when up on the flats. The engine was mounted to a Detwiler hydraulic jack plate for optimum trim ability.

 

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