Envy was the farthest thing from my mind as I sat in my air-conditioned office on this sunny 90-degree Southern California day talking with Bob Teague—the owner and throttleman for Team AMSOIL and the founder of Teague Custom Marine in Valencia, Calif.—while he drove into Mississippi from Louisiana en route to Marathon, Fla., for this weekend’s Super Boat International race.
With the Team AMSOIL Skater in tow, Bob Teague left the Teague Custom Marine shop in Valencia, Calif., on Sunday.
Doesn’t sound fun to me, but Teague was excited—first of all because he had yet to get rained on (knock wood), and second because he was less than 900 miles from the Florida Keys destination where he and driver Paul Whittier will be testing and racing the re-rigged 36-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran powered by 750-hp Super Cat engines built at his shop.
“We’ve re-rigged the whole boat and are starting fresh this season with new engines,” said Teague, who is hauling the Skater more than 3,000 miles to Marathon and is taking it from there to Douglas, Mich., for storage until the Offshore Powerboat Association’s St. Clair River Classic race in late July. “We’ve done a lot with the setup including lowering the drives, taking out the spacers and installing new billet stand-off boxes built by Tyson Garvin (of Apex Manufacturing and Design. We also updated the fuel systems and some of the electronics. We can’t wait to give it a go in Marathon.”
The Team AMSOIL Skater didn’t make the SBI opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., as Teague was recovering from neck surgery, but the team is committed to the remaining five races of the SBI season and a couple of OPA events.
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