Of all the outstanding go-fast boats at Desert Storm event in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. last week, the one that captured some of the most attention was also one of the slowest. With a top speed of approximatley 55 mph, Tomahawk, an all-wood, handcrafted 29-foot-long “Torpedo” with a 550-hp Ilmor engine from StanCraft Boats in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho, could hardly be described as fast. But it is, like all Stancraft creations, a work of art—and that wasn’t lost the Lake Havasu crowd.
StanCraft builds a handful of V-bottoms a year, and most recently introduced a wooden wakeboard boat, which also was on-hand for Desert Storm. According to StanCraft’s Rob Bloem, the company’s next new-model introduction likely will be a catamaran.
“Right now, we’re building another Missile, which is the same model owned by John Elway that was featured in Powerboat,” said Bloem. “But we’ve been talking with a few guys about building cats, and once we get this wakeboard boat project done we’ll get the cat thing done.”
Like Stancraft’s V-bottom, its catamaran probably won’t be fast. But it sure will be something to look at.