Grant Bruggemann of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., put the first 32-foot Doug Wright “RT” catamaran he rigged with twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines through its first sea trial today on Sarasota Bay. With its 34-inch-pitch Dewald propellers “on the rev limiters” according to Bruggemann, the 32-footer reached 121 mph.
Bruggemann said he expects to the open-cockpit pleasure catamaran to top out in the 125-mph range.
Bruggemann pushed the twin Verado 400R-powered 32-footer to 121 mph this morning. Photos courtesy/copyright Grant’s Signature Racing.
“This coming Monday Mike Griffiths of Mercury Racing is coming down with his usual bag of propellers,” he said. “From what’s been going on (with Verado 400R setups) with Mercury Racing, they’ve been seeing better speeds every time they put on their wheels.
“The acceleration is awesome,” he continued. “You can get up to 100 mph and accelerate from there—you can feel the boat pulling.”
For more images from this morning’s test session check out the slideshow above.
Features of the five-seat cat include a cockpit interior from Fineline Interiors, carbon-fiber dash panels and a full wraparound windscreen. The boat is owned by Daren Kittredge.
“The dash has a (Mercury Marine) VesselView 7 monitor and a Garmin GPS,” Bruggemann said. “It’s very clean and simple. They made the cockpit a little bigger, but it’s not too big. It’s like you’re driving a Corvette. That’s what it feels like.”
The first Doug Wright 32 RT open-cockpit catamaran includes a plush five-seat cockpit from Fineline Interiors (click image to enlarge).
Editor’s note: Look for an update on the Doug Wright 32 RT on speedonthewater.com following next week’s test session.