After following the Qatar Cup, which included a single-outboard-engine, canopied catamaran class called C3 under the Union International Motonautique powerboat-racing umbrella, Michigan-based offshore racer Rick Kotecki was inspired to acquire one of the unusual 25-foot Yuka raceboats. What’s more, Kotecki of PFE Offshore Racing plans to run his new ride in the Offshore Powerboat Association’s Class 4 this season. (The team has campaigned a 26-foot Velocity V-bottom in OPA competition for six years.)
The PFE Offshore Racing team will run this C3 catamaran in OPA Class 4 competition this season.
According to Kotecki, the PFE team purchased a C3 cat raced by Kerem Tuncer, the owner of Yuka Yachts and manufacturer of Yuka Racing Catamarans. For power, the team currently is considering going with either a Mercury 2.5L 200XS or Evinrude 225 H.O. outboard.
With a single engine, the C3 cats, which feature bottom escape hatches and “re-righting” airbag systems, reportedly top 100 mph. “We are just going to prop the boat down for acceleration and hope for smooth water,” said Kotecki regarding his racing strategy this season.
For a look at more C3 raceboats check out the slideshow above.
Kotecki said he hopes that bringing a C3 raceboat into OPA competition will start a trend in the domestic offshore racing world.
“I would really like to see this class take off in the States—maybe a few more teams will follow my lead and bring another one or two over in the future,” said Kotecki. “With a race-ready price less than $70,000 maybe some teams will. But until that happens we will take our chances in Class 4.”