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Inside SOTW Mag: Dirty Duck Goes Big


Slug Hefner’s biggest Dirty Duck to date is a 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines. Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp.

Slug Hefner owns two powerboats capable of running more than 160 mph. The oldest is a 21-foot-long, single-engine 2,600-hp Pro Outlaw-class blown alcohol drag boat. The second—and most recent—is a 50-foot-long, twin-engine 3,100-hp Mystic Powerboats catamaran.

If you like speed on the water, it’s good to be Slug Hefner.

“The sensation of speed is greater in the drag boat than it is in the Mystic,” said Hefner, who lives in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and took delivery of the 50-footer powered by two Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines during Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in late August. “Of course, the drag boat couldn’t handle the rough water. It would beat the hell out of you.”

Hefner speaks from experience beyond thousands of running hours on his local aquatic playground in Central Missouri. From the late 1990s through 2004, he raced offshore—primarily in the now-defunct Super Cat Light class—with several big names in the sport including Joey Gratton and Paul Whittier. He finished his offshore racing career with Matt Rice, also gone from the offshore racing game.

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