Written by Matt Trulio – speedonthewater.com
Mark Small, the owner of the Cleveland Construction offshore powerboat racing team, has confirmed that he is exiting the sport. Small, who has been involved in offshore racing for the 13 years and currently owns a Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran that competed in Super Boat International Superboat-class competition for several years, cited personal and professional reasons for his departure.
Small said that the Cleveland Construction 38-foot Skater will be sold once its Sterling Performance engines, which were replaced for last month’s SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., when the Pro Floors Racing NZ-1 team leased the boat to compete, have been reinstalled. The catamaran will be sold with those engines plus another pair and new drives.
“It will leave (former Cleveland Construction throttleman) Grant Bruggemann’s shop ready to race,” he said.
“We wish Mr. Small the best in his future endeavors,” said Bruggemann, the owner of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla., who declined to elaborate on his future offshore racing plans. “It was a pleasure working with him. We’re excited for the opportunities ahead.”