Hydrastepp - H.P. Marine Inc
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.