Two weekends ago Chris Ivey, the owner of Spectre Powerboats, was hanging out in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for the LakeRacer LLC-produced Monster Bash event, enjoying the warm, early fall, desert weather from his patio at the Nautical Beachfront Resort.
Spectre’s outboard-powered 32-foot cat handled Arizona’s Lake Havasu without a problem. Photos by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images
His company’s second 32-foot catamaran powered by a pair of Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines was front and center at the docks where the title sponsor of the event’s boat should be. And it was receiving tons of attention, which made him proud.
Ivey admits it’s been a learning process throughout the nearly two years he’s owned Spectre, but between redesigning the 32, working on a couple of larger new models and fine-tuning the brand image, he’s optimistic about the Florida boat company’s future.
“This 32 with the Verado 400Rs is currently for sale through Spectre Powerboats and we have another 32 coming we’re real excited about that is getting a pair of Mercury 700s,” Ivey said. “We changed a few things on the dash with this 32 compared to the one we had at the Desert Storm Poker Run in April to accommodate digital displays rather than gauges. We also capped the sides and added a fourth seat in the rear bench.”
Spectre added a fourth seat to the rear bench in its second 32-footer powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines.
Ivey said the boat, which was painted in house, performs as great as it looks.
“It runs really nice—it’s a 32-foot Spectre, that’s what they do,” said Ivey, who also stepped up as title sponsor of the 2016 Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City. “The 32 is a safe, fun-to-drive boat that is good looking and outfitted with the latest electronics equipment. We were running between 108 and 113 mph all weekend. The previous 32 topped out at 115 mph but that was in saltwater. Thanks to new jack plates and a slightly different setup, this one may run a little faster in saltwater.”
Beyond the 32-foot cats, next up at Spectre, according to Ivey, is the company’s 40-foot catamaran, which is being built for a customer on the West Coast who may install a set of monstrous custom engines.
The company is also building its first 41-foot V-bottom, which is based off the Platinum 41 Raptor and is expected to be complete in early 2017.