Among the more recent repower projects for Grant’s Signature Racing was setting up Chris LaMorte’s 36-foot Skater catamaran with new Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Asked the secret of his success in the high-performance powerboat rigging game, Grant Bruggemann didn’t have to think long before offering a simple answer.
“The number one thing I try to do is under promise and over deliver,” said the 46-year-old owner and founder of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla. “Make sure the client is happy, and make sure you deliver on time.
Bruggemann paused then laughed.
“And when people call, answer your phones,” he added. “Someone once told me, ‘The most important nut in the boat is every nut in the boat.’ That’s true. We do everything from full-blown raceboats to outboard fishing center consoles, and me make sure we do high-quality work—and we check behind our work. There are no cookie-cutter boats. Everything we do is totally custom.”
Among the more recent custom projects for Bruggemann was the dial-in of a Skater 478 V-bottom, which he had since winterized in advance of its return to the Skater plant in Douglas, Mich.