After taking a break from aquatic top-speed shootout competition, fan-favorite Kenny Mungle of team Gone Again fame said he might compete at this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shoot in Central Missouri in August. But if it happens, the affable Texan won’t be running the 32-foot Skater catamaran in which he made his name.
Last seen on the offshore racecourse in Key West, Fla., Kenny Mungle’s Skater 388 catamaran may compete in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this year. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden.
Instead, he’ll be running his Skater 388 cat, which he purchased from the STIHL team after the untimely death of team owner/driver Robert “J.R.” Noble in March 2016.
“I’m putting my big Sterling engines (1,550-hp) in the 388,” he said. “I might try to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout this year.”
After buying the Superboat-class 38-footer in 2016, Mungle used it that year to compete in the Super Boat International season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and the organization’s world championships in Key West, Fla. Back issues forced him to abandon offshore racing and he put up the boat for sale. While he had planned to campaign the larger Skater in top-speed shootouts and retire his 32-footer as a pleasure boat, that plan never materialized.
“I’ve been raising my 14-year-old grandson and enjoying every minute of it,” he said. “He’s an awesome kid.”