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Bring On The Lake Of The Ozarks

Last weekend at the Race World Offshore event in Dunkirk, N.Y., the Performance Boat Center and CR Racing teams stole the show with victories in their respective classes. That both outfits are based in Central Missouri comes as little surprise. At this point, it’s safe to say the Lake of the Ozarks area—and both teams call it home—is the epicenter of the performance-boating universe.


Between the Shootout and Super Cat Fest, this Central Missouri waterway is the place to be this week. Photo courtesy Jeff Johnston/DCB Performance Boats.

And much of the credit for that goes to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this week, and the concurrently running Super Cat Fest at the Camden On The Lake Resort. While one is a top speed competition and the other is a hardware exhibition, both events should top your list if performance boats are of even marginal interest to you.

On the Shootout side, you have to love the return of Factory Billet, a 51-foot canopied Outerlimits that traded blows with an open-cockpit 43-foot Black Thunder for V-bottom supremacy. That the battle ended in a 161-mph gentlemen’s agreement/tie doesn’t mean that the Factory Billet team of Jim Schultz and Mike Faucher won’t be trying to raise the bar this year.

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