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VIDEO: The new Bermuda Challenge champion

This summer, Chris Fertig broke the Bermuda Challenge record in his Statement Marine center console, overcoming an electrical fire and besting the previous mark by 44 minutes.

Fertig, 34, and throttleman Tyson Garvin completed the 780-mile Aug. 4-5 sprint from the Statue of Liberty to St. George, Bermuda, in 21 hours and 39 minutes. Twin 350-hp Mercury TDI (turbocharged direct injection) diesels powered Fertig’s 37-footer at an average speed of 38 mph.

Click play for an interview with Fertig.

In the interview, he talks about his days in the Coast Guard, the electrical jury-rigging job that allowed him to break the record, his boat’s airbag suspension system and his personal boat — a 22-foot Mako.

Fertig grew up in Pittsburgh, boating on its three rivers. He graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and served in a specialized unit that chased drug runners in the Caribbean.

Fertig is featured in our Talkin' Boats Q&A in the October issue of Soundings.

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