Not only does Dan MacNamara and the crew at Team Archer Marine in Costa Mesa, Calif., have a couple of classic Scarab restoration projects going on at the moment, they have additional work on their plate after the Lucas Oil SilverHook boat returned from a rough go of it at the Key West World Championships in early November (see speedonthewater.com’s complete Key West coverage).
The Lucas Oil SilverHook is currrently at Team Archer Marine in Southern California being worked on in preparation for the upcoming offshore racing season. Photo by Jeff Gerardi/FreezeFrameVideo
After spinning out from a multiple-boat collision at the start of the first race on Wednesday, the Lucas Oil team worked feverishly to make the start on Friday only to withdraw early in the race. On Sunday, the team outlasted the competition to take third and finish on a high note.
Armed with a wealth of knowledge from the varying seas conditions during the week in Key West, the team recently sent the boat to Team Archer Marine where it was stripped and sent out for cosmetic carbon-fiber repair work. The boat should be back at the Southern California shop soon, and ready for testing some time in February.
The team’s race-ready Mercury Racing HP1075SCi engines will remain in the boat, but, according to MacNamara, the 48-foot V-bottom is receiving a complete rigging and setup makeover for the 2015 season.
The holes in the new transom of the Gentry Turbo Eagle have been prepped for the No. 6 drives, which are currently being assembled.
As for an update on the Gentry Turbo Eagle, a 46-foot Scarab V-bottom built in 1985 for the legendary Tom Gentry, the crew is making some steady progress and has been able to track down four complete Gentry serial-numbered Superboat setups from Carson Brummett of Brummett Marine in Pasadena, Calif.
“The Gentry Eagle is looking good—the engines room are done and we’ve got the transoms cut and ready to go,” MacNamara said. “We’re painting and reassembling the drives right now and—good news—we found a bunch of old Gentry motor mounts. We’re also going to be able to reuse a lot of the aluminum bracketing we found up front in the boat. It needs to be cleaned up and polished, but at least it’s been sitting in freshwater, or rather rainwater, so it’s not corroded.”
MacNamara said there are some stress cracks in the gelcoat that need repair still and then they will start “putting some color back on her.” Look for an update on the iconic boat after the crew starts installing the engines in the near future.