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The history of the man behind the company

Steve Stepp

The history of the man behind the company

Steve Stepp started boat racing in 1962 with a 14’ Norris Craft. It was powered with a 100 hp Mercury engine.  He progressed to Allison Craft boats racing single and twin engines.  He set 4 world records and won many races during his racing career in OPC.  At the same time, he owned a retail boat and motorcycle dealership in southern Ohio where he sold Allison, Bullett and Ranger bass boats.  He continued racing throughout the OPC circuit until 1976 when he sold his business and moved to south Florida.

After a year of retirement, he saw an opportunity to get back to his roots and decided to build himself an offshore powerboat and start racing in APBA.  His first boat, a 30’ that he called Velocity was designed and built by him in a small warehouse in Pompano Beach Florida.  That was in 1978 and the beginning of the company known world wide as “Velocity Powerboats”. That was the first year that he showed his boat at the Miami International Boat Show.   With a totally new hull design that incorporated a pad bottom and Stepp transom,  it was quite the conversation piece of the show.  Velocity Powerboats went on to set 10 world offshore speed records, win 8 world offshore championships and 7 national offshore championships and many offshore races.

Steve is among the top 5 hull designers in the world due to his accomplishments in racing and performance boats.

In 1981, Steve took his “radical” designed boat to Lake X, Mercury’s secret testing center lake in central Florida and was the first offshore boat in the world to break the 100 MPH mark.  The boat had twin 475 HP engines and #2 Speedmaster drives.  These were stock engines.  This was the standard power package that was sold to the public in those early years.

Over the years, he went on to add more models to the line adding a 22’, 24’, 26’, 28’, 32’, 35’, 39’ and a 41’ boats, all with his hull designs and his lamination schedules that included lighter and stronger materials.  In 2013 Steve sold the company and retired again.  Realizing that 6 days of golf was not going to cut it, he got bitten by the fishing bug.  And as they say, the rest is history!

He developed friendships with two superstar fishing guides who got him interested in shallow water fishing. Peter Deeks is a guide on the east coast of Florida and has done many TV shows with Bill Dance. Bobby Vaughn of Islamorada Florida is a guide in the Florida Keys and has done many shows with Roland Martin.

After researching and studying all the shallow water boats, Steve knew there was a better hull design to be had. In 2017 Steve started building his first flats, or shallow water boat. He incorporated all the knowledge he had about materials and design from his previous company and has put all of this into his new boat, the 18’ HydraStepp® flats boat.

The construction is a special process that has been developed over 35 years of building offshore race boats.  He has a tremendous insight into the latest fiberglass and resin products.  Over the years many of the manufacturers of fiberglass and resin have turned to Steve to test their new products based on his extensive knowledge and ability to build a boat that could accurately test the products.  Mercury Marine bought many of the test boats for their centers from Steve for over 30 years.  They were quoted as saying numerous times that they bought Velocitys because “when they sent their throttle jockeys out to run the engine tests, they knew that they would come safely back home.” That’s quite a bold statement knowing Mercury Marine  and could have gotten boats for free from the many boat companies they owned at the time.

Steve uses only the best materials on the market to make a very strong, yet light-weight boat.  When you combine that with a superior hull design the results are the absolute best flats boat.  

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