Tucked away in a quiet cove on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, Performance Boat Center is making noise with a pair of 32-foot Doug Wright Designs catamarans it recently set up for two very different applications—race and pleasure. And both efforts from the full-service dealership are stunners.
On the racing side, Performance Boat Center, which fields its own world champion Superboat-class team, handled the rigging and cockpit installation of a canopied 32 Doug Wright cat with Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboard engines for Casey Boaz and Rob Unnerstall, owners of C&R Racing. In their competition debut at the Super Boat International Cleveland Construction Grand Prix last month in Mentor, Ohio, the rookie team took first place.
The team arrived in Mentor with a little more than 10 hours—the factory-prescribed break-in period—on the cat’s twin 300 HP engines, and left with a first-place trophy. “We honestly had no expectation of winning,” said Boaz. “With offshore racing, it’s one of those deals where you hope everything holds together for a race.”
The C&R Racing team’s rigging job took Andy Summers and the crew at Performance Boat Center about a month and a half. The 32-footer arrived at the facility as a bare shell. After outfitting the 300 HP outboards with new midsections and lower units, the rigging crew mounted the engines on jack plates, installed the steering system, and handled all requisite rigging and wiring. They also set up the 32-footer’s cockpit with racing bucket seats, throttles and shifters, gauges, and a Garmin GPS unit.
On the pleasure side, a few months ago Brett Manire, who co-owns Performance Boat Center with Mark Waddington, announced that the dealership had reached an agreement with Doug Wright designs to handle all paint, rigging, and interior for an all-pleasure version—meaning open-cockpit—of the catamaran for a Southern Illinois-based father-and-son duo. Slated for a debut at the Shootout On The Strip Street Party and Display during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this summer, the boat immediately went into the Performance Boat Center paint booth.
“They had us do a custom paintjob, and Waves And Wheels is going to do the interior,” said Manire.
The boat is being powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines. Rigging is complete and interior installation is underway.
Manire said that the prepped Doug Wright catamarans will be branded as Wright Performance models.