Check out this amazing Speed On The Water article, written by Jason Johnson, discussing Team Broadco’s bounce back into the Superboat circuit after the teams heart–dropping boat roll at Cocoa Beach, FLA, and how the crew here at MTI is helping them prepare for the Super Boat International Key West World Championships!
After rolling the team’s 40-foot MTI catamaran at the Super Boat International season opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in May, it appears that owner/driver Chuck Broaddus and throttleman Grant Bruggemann may be back in the re-engineered catamaran in time to defend its Superboat class title at the SBI Key West Offshore World Championships in November.
The rough conditions in Cocoa Beach, Fla., in May got the best of the Broadco team and its MTI. According to Broaddus, BROADCO and the Cat 5 Offshore Racing Team along with the crew at MTI in Wentzville, Mo., are hard at work on an extreme project commissioned by the Cat 5 team with support from MTI.
“We are anticipating a completion date for the boat of mid-October, which will allow us plenty of time to test and prepare to defend our world championship title in Key West,” said Broaddus, who emerged from his first raceboat rollover without serious injury. “The boat is going to be amazing. It has the latest and greatest of all the 2015 MTI carbon-fiber engineering and next-generation cockpit and canopy design and construction. Safety is our first priority.
“We can’t wait to unleash this beast in Key West,” he continued. “We’re going to have a new boat built off the original dialed-in bottom. There’s no need to mess with something that works!”
Although the team won’t be able to achieve one of its two major goals for the 2015 season—winning the SBI Superboat National Championship—Broaddus is extremely excited about getting the Ilmor-engine-powered catamaran back in time to chase the second goal: defend the team’s 2014 world championship.