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Performance Boat Center And Doug Wright Collaborating On 44-Foot Cat

With six outboard engine-powered Wright Performance Powerboats 360 catamarans out of the mold and three completed, Doug Wright Designs of Melbourne, Fla., and Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., has their sights on an even bigger catamaran project. The two companies have worked closely together on the design–using Doug Wright Designs’ in-house CAD system—of a 44-footer to be finished by the end of the year.

The new catamaran is specifically being designed around Mercury Racing 860 engines, which will be standard power for the boat.

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The Wright Performance 440 will complement the 360. Both are the product of a collaboration between Doug Wright Designs and Performance Boat Center (click image to enlarge).

“With the Wright Performance 360 working smoothly in production and sales going strong, we just felt it was time for something else, something bigger that our customers could step up to when they’re ready,” said Brett Manire, who co-owns Performance Boat Center with Mark Waddington. “The boat will have a 40-foot running surface and an open six-seat cockpit. Like our 360, which runs flat and never points the nose up, we expect it to have great running characteristics.”

Doug Wright Designs currently is creating deck tooling for the catamaran. Once that process is complete, the team will begin creating a hull plug to build a mold. Manire said that, like the Wright Performance 360, the vacuum-bagged Wright Performance 440 will be foam-cored and constructed with epoxy resin.

Manire declined to offer a target price at this time.

“We’re going to be very competitive with Skater, MTI and Mystic models of the same size,” he said.

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