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FLIBS 2018: Dubai’s Victory Team displays new performance boat

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The VT X 32 Pleasure will be the pace boat at next week’s offshore powerboat racing world championships.

The VT X 32 Pleasure will be the pace boat at next week’s offshore powerboat racing world championships.

With all the boats on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, one of the smaller ones, the VT X 32 Pleasure, may have been the first performance boat built in Dubai.

Victory Team has been a goodwill ambassador for Dubai, competing in a number of powerboat racing classes over the past two decades and winning championships around the world. The team built the VT X 32 Pleasure on the same bottom as its catamaran that runs in X Cat competition throughout Europe, the Middle East and China.

“When you compare the boat to others, it’s the cockpit design,” Ricky Maldonado of the Victory Team told Trade Only Today. There’s a deeper feel to the cockpit than in similar size U.S.-built boats. “All five people can talk, even when the boat is running at 90 mph,” Maldonado said.

The all-carbon boat is powered by twin 400-hp Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards and has a top end of about 115 to 118 mph. Dry weight is about 5,000 pounds, and fuel capacity is 93 gallons.

The company also going to build 27- and 34-foot models for recreational use. The 34-footer will be powered by twin Verado 400Rs and priced at $440,000 for the all-carbon version. The 27-footer is designed for Mercury Racing’s new 300R outboards; pricing hasn’t been set.

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