Although the team won’t be running its Superboat-class entry that it crashed at the 2013 Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships during testing the day before the event’s first race, Mike DeFrees, owner of Team CRC, is back in Key West, Fla., this week campaigning his 42-foot Marine Technology Inc., catamaran in the competitive Superboat Unlimited class.
With the Team CRC entry, the Superboat Unlimited class has nine boats competing at the 2014 Key West World Championships.
The Team CRC boat is the ninth entry in the class, which features Miss GEICO, a pair of CMS teams, the new Envy Mystic and several more notable teams (read Superboat Unlimited Class Pulls Eight Teams).
DeFrees said experience offshore and tunnel boat driver Todd Beckman will be joining him in the cockpit of his 42-foot MTI, which is powered by Teague Custom Marine-upgraded Mercury Racing 1075SCi engines that are producing about 1,300 hp aside.
“We did a bunch of testing in the boat this summer up in Washington,” said DeFrees, who resides in Vancouver, Wash., and ran the 42-footer in the 2014 Desert Storm Poker Run at his home away from home, Lake Havasu City, Ariz. “Obviously we’re going to have to play with different setups in Key West so we’ll be testing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
“I love the rough water races, but since we’re in a shorter boat than most boats in the class, the boat should have an advantage if we get smoother water,” he continued. “We also have a disadvantage since some of the teams have larger horsepower engines so it’s going to be a matter of configuring the propeller torque to get the best setup we can. This is going to be a fun class to watch.”
DeFrees, who has raced in Key West many times, said the team is going to do its best and see what happens. Understanding that it’s a long week and that the team needs to finish every race to be competitive, DeFrees chuckled when speedonthewater.com told him to be safe and keep the boat upright this year. (Read Team CRC OK After Crash During Testing in Key West.)
And when asked about future plans for the team’s Superboat entry, DeFrees said the team is going to have the boat ready for competition next season.
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