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Phenomenon Out for Shootout

Fans of Copeland’s Phenomenon, the 56-foot-long catamaran powered by four 3,000-hp turbine engines will have to wait a little longer to catch the boat in action again. Unconfirmed reports had the cat, which was designed to break the propeller-driven water-speed record of 220-plus mph, had the boat headed to the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout August 28-29. According to Alex Rosenzweig of MWW Group, the public relations company that handles Copeland’s Phenomenon, the catamaran won’t compete in the Missouri lake event.

“I don’t think that’s in our plan right now,” said Rosenzweig. “We’re just working on fixing it (Phenomenon) and getting it ready again.”

The 56-footer, which reportedly topped 150 mph in test runs, made its on-display debut at the 2009 Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West in November. Most recently, mechanical issues forced the cat to withdraw from the Super Boat International Kilo Runs in Sarasota, Fla., last month.