Originally built for the long-discontinued Super Cat Light class in 2010, the late J.R. Noble’s first Skater Powerboats 388 STIHL team catamaran will—as previously reported on speedonthewater.com—run as Justice League in the Super Cat ranks this season. Texan Kenny Mungle, the 38-footer’s subsequent owner, removed weight from the cat for top-speed shootout competition. Now, per American Power Boat Association Super Cat rules, the cat needs to weigh in at 9,500 pounds.
The Super Cat-class Justice League catamaran will be dressed in new graphics before the American Power Boat Association Offshore National Championship Series season-opener (May 19-22) in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
To help make that happen with the least amount of guesswork possible, the Southwest Florida-based Justice League team of owner/driver Don Urfer and throttleman Richard Davis turned to Grant Bruggemann, who originally set up the boat for Noble. The owner and founder of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., Bruggemann kept extensive notes on the catamaran’s setup both as a Super Cat Light and (later in its history) Super Cat raceboat.
“I kept notes all the way through it as we do with all the raceboats we manage,” Bruggemann said. “Back in the day, Super Boat International provided lap timesheets and I kept all those, too. I also kept all of our Racepak for the boat data on a laptop.”
For Urfer and Davis, that information is priceless. It includes not just diagrams for additional weight placement but a guide to setup under various racing conditions.
“We bought what we are calling the ‘book of knowledge’ from Grant,” Davis said, then laughed.
Both Urfer and Davis have significant offshore racing experience in the V-bottom ranks, but this is their foray into a catamaran class. The rookie team plans to start testing next week.
Though Urfer and Davis strongly considered going with Mercury Racing 860 engines, which have been added to the American Power Boat Association technical rules for the class as a power option, they will stick with the 750-hp Sterling Performance engines this season.
“The Sterlings are fresh—Kenny had them freshened up for us when he sold the boat,” Davis said. “Don has some free time next week and he wants to get the boat next week so we can get started on testing and setup.”