New Products: Sneak Peek: Doug Wright 450R Factory Stock Raceboat Ready For Shootout Showcase
Coming to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this week in Central Missouri, the first 38-foot Doug Wright catamaran built exclusively for competition in the growing 450R Factory Stock offshore racing class will be on display tonight at the Shootout On The Strip event sponsored by Waves and Wheels. What’s more, the company principals are planning to run the canopied Mercury Racing 450R outboard engine-powered cat in this weekend’s top-speed competition, though the cockpit crew has yet to be finalized.
Tested in the Florida Keys for the first time less than a week ago, this 38-foot Doug Wright raceboat built for the 450R Factory Stock class will debut tonight at the Shootout On The Strip ahead of its Lake of the Ozarks Shootout performance.
The 38-footer hit the water for the first time last Saturday in Key Largo.
“We’re still figuring out the setup but it went great,” said Romy Robau, who with his longtime friends, Jr. Adan and J Carro, is one of the majority owners of the Melbourne, Fla., high-performance catamaran company.
The raceboat will be exhibited tonight alongside a 36-foot Doug Wright pleasure catamaran near the Waves and Wheels display. Justin Wagner, the principal of the Osage Beach, Mo., company, has a 36-footer coming his way next month to complete with rigging, paintwork and interior installation, as well as another 36-footer “in the mold” according to Robau. Wagner also has ordered two 38-footers that will get the full Waves and Wheels treatment.
Dial-in work for the cat will continue later this week at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Currently without an owner, the Shootout-debuted 38-foot raceboat will likely join the 450R Factory Stock class for the American Power Boat Association/Union Internationale Motonautique Offshore World Championships, November 7-13, in Key West, Fla.
“Racing really isn’t our thing as company owners, but it could be fun,” Robau said, then chuckled. “We also have 38-foot raceboats for the class coming for Michael Karsenti—that one is out of paint and will be headed to Troy Hannon at Supreme Marine for rigging—and Edwin Scheer. All three could be in Key West.”
The 38-footer is the first of three completed for the growing outboard catamaran class.