Of all the catamarans that took to the water during last Saturday’s Offshore Powerboat Association Lake Race on the Lake of the Ozarks, the one that looked least like an actual raceboat took first-place in its class. Running on Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines with 170 operating hours, a Performance Boat Center-owned Wright Performance 360 catamaran claimed victory in OPA’s bracketed Class 2 category, which is limited to a top speed of 105 mph, on the popular Central Missouri waterway.
Mixed-duty excellence was all in a weekend’s work for a Wright Performance 360 sport catamaran. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But that’s not the cool part—or at least not the coolest part—of the story. A few hours after the race, Performance Boat Center principals Mark Waddington and Brett Manire hopped in the 36-footer and ran to the Camden On The Lake Resort for the awards ceremony.
The following morning, Waddington and his family used the boat, which has 4,000 miles on its hull, for a fun day of boating on the lake.