Team Gone Again owner Kenny Mungle and teammate Lee Lockwood have officially announced the purchase of the recently retired, 2010 Stihl 388 Skater from Robert “J.R.” Noble. They hope to race the boat this season.
Mungle and Lockwood currently run a retired, 1991 Skater race boat with twin 1,600 horsepower Sterling engines in shootout competitions. Team Gone Again is known as the world's fastest 32-foot Skater, having clocked an official top speed of 188 mph. “We are extremely excited about the 388,” said Mungle in a press release. “The type of events we will be able to participate in will not be limited to shootouts as we were in the 32."
Mungle and Lockwood had investigated purchasing a 368 Skater earlier in the year but a decision was made to not move forward with that boat. The team then focused their efforts on finding an alternate vessel.
(Photo Credit: Stihl Offshore Racing)
“We were driving through the Florida panhandle heading back home to Texas, when I mentioned the Stihl boat... jokingly,” says Lockwood, “The next thing I know, we've made a U-turn on Interstate 10 and are heading back east to go check it out.”
Following a sea trial on East Lake near Orlando, Florida, the decision was made to purchase the 388, which is currently powered by a pair of 750 horsepower Scorpion Racing Engines (Super Cat Spec), giving it a top speed of over 140 mph.
Mungle acknowledges that the current power won't push the boat to the shootout speeds they hope to achieve. “All in due time, we may participate in some actual offshore races for a few seasons,” he said. “Then put some big power in her and lay down some big numbers.”
Lee Lockwood (left) and Kenny Mungle give the thumbs-up to their new ride. (Photo Credit: Team Gone Again)
The pair intend to continue running the 32 at shootout events this year, bringing the 388 for fans to see.
“Just like the 32-foot Gone Again boat, the Stihl 388 has such a great history and a huge following,” said Mungle, in reference to the sudden and tragic death of its former owner Robert “J.R.” Noble on March 8. “With the recent passing of JR, owning this boat brings on an even greater level of honor. We will carry on the legacy that JR, Grant, and his team started with this boat.”