Teague’s Take: In a Shootout State of Mind

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 30; May/June 2018

There won’t be a dull moment at this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.

I admit it: The annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri is one of my favorite events of the year for a few reasons. First, the three-quarter-mile, top-speed contest on Saturday and Sunday is a great event that produces some outstanding performances from the participants and their machines. The best of the best compete against one another at the Lake of the Ozarks event, and every year that shows in the results.
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Teague’s Take: Fun With Outboard Cats

The boating community’s generosity has been rather impressive this year.

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 28; Jan-Feb 2018

Similar to what the speedonthewater.com team did at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, we took several boats out for rides during this year’s show in February. With
a focus on the super-hot outboard catamaran market, I was able to drive three smooth-running cats powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines with my cohorts Jason Johnson and Matt Trulio. (We also got a chance to take out the extraordinary MTI-V 57 center console, which you can read about on page 57.)No, we weren’t testing the cats for top speed, acceleration numbers or anything else really, that’s for another day this year—look for more news on that soon. We mainly wanted to get a feel for the boats, turn them a handful of times and take a few quick blasts along Biscayne Bay and out to the unmistakable Stiltsville.

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Teague’s Take: Season of Giving

The boating community’s generosity has been rather impressive this year.

As Seen In Speed On The Water, Issue 26; Sept-Oct 2017

Over the past few months, thanks to the efforts of some notable names in the industry such as Reggie Fountain and Nigel Hook, there has been a lot of talk about records. Kilometer records—Fountain Powerboats is building a boat specifically to challenge the V-bottom speed record early next year—and endurance records—Hook’s 48-foot SilverHook V-bottom set a record from Key West, Fla., to Cuba in mid-August.

For the purposes of this column, I’d rather
talk about some records that were set by
three different events I attended in August
and September. Charitable records.

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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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