Boat in crash was being tested at high speeds

Pasadena man, 52, killed

other boater still missing

Anne Arundel

March 02, 2004|By Laura Loh | Laura Loh,SUN STAFF

A high-performance racing boat that went airborne and flipped over last weekend on the Chesapeake Bay, killing at least one of its two occupants, was being tested at high speeds at the time of the accident, authorities said yesterday.

Police said yesterday that Edwin J. Mosmiller Jr., 52, a Baltimore-based powerboat manufacturer who lived in Pasadena, was killed in the accident. His body was found strapped by a safety harness to a seat in the overturned 40-foot catamaran.

Maryland Natural Resources Police ended their search at nightfall yesterday for Roger B. Madden, 42, of Pasadena, who has been missing since the accident Sunday afternoon about three miles east of Gibson Island.

The search for Madden, who runs a boat repair shop off Stony Creek in Pasadena, was expected to resume today.

The pair left Pasadena Yacht Yard on Fort Smallwood Road about 2 p.m. to test the boat, Exceed the Need, at high speeds, according to a Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman.

At the time of the accident, Mosmiller was in the passenger seat controlling the boat's throttle and clutch, the spokeswoman said. The boat requires one person to steer and another to control the throttle.

The boat was registered to Mosmiller's Integrated Turbine Services LLC. The company specializes in a type of racing boat called the Skater 40 that was named Offshore Boat of the Year in 2003 by Powerboat Magazine.

The magazine praised the boat for a smooth ride at high speeds and for being unusually easy to maneuver at low speeds.

Bill Cornett, a free-lance journalist who became friends with Mosmiller after writing a profile of him for Baltimore Magazine, said the sleek, twin-engine vessel could reach speeds of up to 175 mph. The model could fetch nearly $1 million on the market.

Mosmiller frequently traveled to Florida to take part in "poker runs" in the Gulf of Mexico, competitions in which boaters pick up poker cards at different destinations in hopes of accumulating a winning hand.

Mosmiller also loved to travel up and down the Chesapeake with friends, Cornett said.

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