If you follow offshore powerboat racing in even the most casual fashion, you know about the Dubai-based Victory team. With benthic-deep pockets and fierce dedication to bring home checkered flags, the team flat out dominated the Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 circuit for years until 2018, when for any number of reasons the series became extinct.
But even that wasn’t even enough to keep the Victory group out of the sport, as the team brought two of its catamarans to compete in the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., last month. That both boats were dramatically underpowered mattered little to the members of the team. They just wanted to compete.
The best news for domestic offshore racing? Unless the U.I.M. Class 1 circuit magically rises from the dead, the Victory team is here to stay.
Better still, at least for recreational performance-boat buyers, is that Victory is getting into the sport catamaran segment with 27-, 32- and 34-footers. And the team unveiled its new VTX 32 model at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.
Originally designed by Ocke Mannerfelt of Sweden for X-CAT series competition, the 32-footer is powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines. According to Victory team representative Ricky Maldonado, the carbon-fiber and epoxy-constructed boat weighs 4,700 pounds. Like the other sport cats in the series, it also will be offered with a less-expensive E-glass and epoxy lamination schedule.
“With bone-stock Max Five 33-inch pitch propellers it’s hard on the rev limiters at 116 mph,” Maldonado said. "This boat is unbelievable. The handling and acceleration are incredible—it’s like driving a car. It jumps on plane as soon as you touch the throttle and it doesn’t porpoise or lean hard. It just goes straight like an arrow.
“And it’s super quiet in the cockpit,” he added. “You can be running 90 mph and all five people can talk to and hear each other.”
The current plan has the Victory team building the boats in Dubai and shipping them to the United States. Maldonado said the team hopes to announce a United States-based distributor before the end of the year. Pricing has not been released.
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