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STIHL Ready for Engines, Testing by Month’s End

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Said Bruggemann, “I see a long future for the STIHL team.” Photos courtesy/copyright Grant’s Signature Racing.

Grant Bruggemann and his crew at Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., are “whittling down” the rigging work on the STIHL team’s new Skater Powerboats 388 raceboat. According to Bruggemann, who will throttle the boat with Superboat-class rookie driver Jake Noble this season, the canopied catamaran’s electrical system is complete and its Mercury Racing No. 6 drives have been fitted with propeller aerators and installed on the cat’s transom.

The boat’s first Frank McComas-built 750-hp engine is scheduled to arrive the shop next week, and the second engine should arrive the following week. According to Bruggemann, the remaining steering system components are on their way. The drive and fuel systems have been bled, and all lines and hoses that will connect the engines to their various systems are in place—they’ll be trimmed to their correct lengths when the engines are in the boat, which also has a new tilt trailer from Skater.

For a quick look inside the new STIHL raceboat, checkout the slideshow above.

Bruggemann said he and Noble, who is stepping into the cockpit in honor of his father (read the story) this season, should begin testing and practicing together by the end of the month.

“I’m super-excited for the whole Noble family and the entire team,” he said. “Now, we have to get Jake in the boat and get him as much seat time as we can. We’re just patiently waiting here now.

“I’m super-pumped,” he added. “I see a long future for the STIHL team.”

The new STIHL raceboat will debut at the Super Boat International season-opener May 13-15 in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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