In the storybook ending of this tale, the new Talbot Excavating raceboat, a 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran with the builder’s first safety cell, leaves the annual Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., with a world title. After the final race on Sunday, driver Kyler Talbot and throttleman Jay Muller hoist the Stock-class world championship trophy over their heads while thanking Grant Bruggemann of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., for his excellent work building out and setting up Talbot’s fleet-dominating 32-footer.
But that’s not how things went down in Key West last month.
After finishing first in the Wednesday and Friday races, Talbot and Muller had to settle for fourth place on Sunday when a failed part in one of the cat’s 280-hp outboard engines left them running on one powerplant. They finished third overall in the worlds behind The Hulk in second and SOS Venezuela in first.
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