Low Altitude fans should be able to capture the famed Mystic catamaran at three shootout events in 2016. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Early as it still is in 2016, well-known top-speed shootout specialists Win Farnsworth and Kenny Mungle are already forming their respective plans for the events they plan to enter this season. Farnsworth said he plans to campaign his turbine-engine-powered 50-foot Low Altitude Mystic Powerboats catamaran in Arizona’s Desert Storm Shootout, Oklahoma’s GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout and Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. Mungle has the same events, plus the Texas Outlaw Challenge, on his list for himself and his Gone Again teammate Lee Lockwood in his 32-foot Skater cat.
“The Texas Outlaw Challenge is in my backyard,” said Mungle, who lives Seabrook, Texas. “I can’t miss that one.”
Mungle said that given time and financial constraints a “new” Gone Again catamaran is highly unlikely in 2016. Earlier this month, he opted to step away from a unique Skater 368 cat he had hoped would be a replacement for his 32-footer with twin 1,500-plus-hp Sterling Performance engines. (Read the story.)
“Honestly, right now, it looks like I’ll be running my 32 Skater this year,” he said. “But I had still planned to run it, too, this year and my engines are up at Sterling now getting refreshed. They’re going to see if they can dial up the fuel map—they run on E-85 gasoline—turn up the rpm and find a few more ponies.”
Gone Again will return to the Texas Outlaw Challenge. Photo courtesy/copyright Jim Winters/Speedonthewater.com.
Farnsworth had listed both Low Altitude and Silver Lining, his DCB M41 catamaran powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines, for sale in September 2015 but neither boat found a new home. So he said he’ll run both this season—with the 50-footer designated for shootouts—as well as his new Mystic M4200 luxury center console, which will be showcased during the 2016 Miami International Boat Show Feb. 11-15.
“Our goal is to make sure we have a fun year,” said Farnsworth. “By the end of August last year, I was burned out—I haven’t been on a boat since. But now I’m getting the itch again. This year, I also want to hit some events, like the Tickfaw 200, that are fun, just drop the boat in the water and go.”
Farnsworth said that Mungle motivates him as much as a comrade as a competitor, and that he looks forward to seeing the gracious and gregarious Texan on and off the water next year.
“It makes it fun to have some have someone like Kenny around, and our friendly rivalry makes the events more fun for everyone who is watching,” he said. “And we share so much information behind the scenes.”
Said Mungle, “We’ll run the 32 this year and go have a blast again like we did last year. I’ve had it for 11 years now.”
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