Teague’s Take: Truly A Team Sport

It takes a great team to win in offshore racing—or any type of boat racing.

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 24; May-June 2017

As many of you already know, I’ve joined the
Superboat-class Cleveland Construction
Offshore Racing Team this season, and so
far so good inside the cockpit with my friend and driver, Ed Smith. I’ve known Smith for many years as we’ve competed against each other, worked on each other’s boats, traded setup advice and so on.

Of course none of that meant we’d be great
teammates inside the same boat—in this case a 38-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran powered by a pair of 850-hp engines in a very competitive class with some of the greatest boat handlers I’ve ever raced against, think John Tomlinson, Billy Mauff, Grant Bruggemann and more. We only have three races under our belt, but we’re getting to know each other better each time out.
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Teague’s Take: Time For Some Answers

Seeking advice for your boat? Look no further than ‘Teague on Tech.’

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 22; Jan-Feb 2017

Although Matt Trulio wrote a news story about reviving the longstanding “Teague on Tech” column that I wrote for Powerboat magazine for too many years to count, I figured it was worth mentioning here that we’re looking for questions that I can answer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for speedonthewater.com. Some of the best subject matter just might end up in this column, too.

Thanks to decades of experience testing boats, racing boats and working on a wide range of boats at Teague Custom Marine in Valencia, Calif., answering questions has become my forté. It’s actually a pretty enjoyable thing to do, so please don’t hesistate to email me your questions.

Here are a couple of questions I answered a while back that might be helpful to some of you.
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Teague On Tech Is Coming Back To Speedonthewater.com

As seen on www.speedonthewater.com •  Sunday, 12 March 2017 

Veteran offshore racer and engine builder Bob Teague is the high-performance marine world’s ultimate answer man. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Veteran offshore racer and engine builder Bob Teague is the high-performance marine world’s ultimate answer man. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

For more than 30 years, Teague On Tech—a question-and-answer column—was the most popular department in Powerboat magazine. As most performance-boat enthusiasts know, Powerboat ceased publication in 2011, but Bob Teague, the man behind the column, is still very much with us as the owner of the renowned Teague Custom Marine, an engine-building, rigging, service, restoration and parts shop in Valencia, Calif. He’s also a multi-time offshore racing world champion who runs a 36-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran in Super Boat International’s Superboat class.
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Teague’s Take: Brotherly Love

One brother’s new power package for his 38-foot Fountain leads
to a refreshed engine upgrade for the other brother’s 35-foot Donzi.

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 21; Year End 2016

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 21; Year End 2016

With parts of five decades dedicated toward this passion turned profession, I’ve shaken hands, worked on boats, raced alongside, made friendships and struck business deals with some of the most interesting people I would never have dreamed of meeting before diving into the powerboat industry with Teague Custom Marine in 1972. It’s arguably the highlight of my business ventures — that and having my family beside me along the way.

Family—mine in particular—has been a topic in this column before, but this time around I’d like to highlight another family, one that’s been a part of the TCM extended family for some time. Earlier this year we took care of two special customers — Eric and Ken Smith, the brothers who run the respected Northwest car dealership Dave Smith Auto Group with their sister, Michelle Dahl — and pulled off a tandem power upgrade involving both brothers’ boats.
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