After two years competing on the offshore racecourse as in essence a running plug, the hull of a canopied 32-foot Phantom V-bottom, which ran as Mr. Technology in the Superboat Vee class on the Super Boat International circuit, has been digitized to create a plug at Doug Wright Designs in Melbourne, Fla. A hull mold will be pulled from the plug in the near future, according to Phantom Boats LLC principal Will Smith.
The plug was built using a five-axis routing mill at the Doug Wright facility.
“The 32 Phantom was developed as a one-of-a-kind raceboat,” said Smith. “We made modifications to eventually bring it to the front of the class. Obviously, in offshore racing there are a lot of variables from the drivers’ skills to the engines to the hull itself. So development takes time. But we eventually found out what worked and what didn’t work. Now with a few changes to the bottom of the boat, it’s running like a dream.
“It is the easiest-driving boat on the circuit,” he continued. “It’s very forgiving. It doesn’t try to roll or spin.”
Once the tooling is completed, the 32-footer will be built and sold as a raceboat. Smith said he already has orders—including deposits—for the model, which will be built at the Phantom facility in Sarasota, Fla.
“For now, it’s going to be a race only build,” he said. “That’s what we’re contracted for.”
Smith said that the Offshore Powerboat Association’s SVX class, which enables SBI Superboat Vee-class boats to compete in OPA races, should help expand the class and grow sales beyond the SBI circuit.
“Expect big things from Phantom in 2018,” he said. “We’re working with two engine builders and one rigger, as well as Jim Hering at Hering Propellers. We have some really good people helping us with setup. We’re excited about what’s happening for us this year.”
Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.