In various stages of development for the past few years, things got real—so to speak—for the new canopied 32 Phantom single-engine raceboat when Florida-based businessman Jorge Arellano ordered 10 of them from company principal Will Smith this spring. Smith, who is based in Sarasota, Fla., received the finished hull mold for the two-step 32-footer from High-Tech Composites LLC/Doug Wright Boats in Melbourne, Fla., and got to work on the first build of the 10-boat run.
And now, the first 32 Phantom in the new series is ready for its windshield installation and should be heading to rigging sometime later this week. While he admits it’s an ambitious goal, Smith said he’s hoping to have that boat ready to run in the Super Boat International National Championships Sept. 28-30 in Clearwater, Fla.
But if it doesn’t happen, Smith will run Mr. Technology, his original 32-footer—the one that started the entire program—in the SBI contest. With Smith behind the wheel and Jimmy Deitch on the throttles, that boat finished first in its class against strong competition including the Sun Print Management, Boatfloater.com, Phantom 9 and LSB/Hurricane of Awesomeness teams during the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix in July.