Arthur and Alexander Cruz are passionate about offshore racing, competing in the bracket class running an old Pantera V-bottom.
When the opportunity came to buy Doug Wright-designed molds for a 32’ and 39’ catamarans three years ago, they jumped at it. After all, they have watched Doug Wright boats have their share of success on the offshore tour.
“We do a lot of boats, but we love the race boats,” Arthur said. “We have the good luck to get one of the best molds, a Doug Wright design.”
The Cruz brothers have been building boats for 15 years and the past seven years they’ve been building center-consoles in Puerto Rico under SEVEN PowerBoats. Their late father started in the business building wood boats for fisherman.
In addition to center-console boats, SEVEN PowerBoats also manufactures trailers from its 45,000-square-foot factory in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The factory has about 20 employees building catamaran and V-bottom center consoles for fishing and pleasure as well as race boats. The company offers 20 styles of boats, Arthur said.
When Poker Runs America caught up with Arthur and Alexander Cruz at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in late August, they had just pulled a 32’ catamaran from the mold and just started building laying up the 39’ catamaran.
“The first one is going to be the poker run edition,” Arthur said. The goal is to have the catamaran completed for a big poker run in Puerto Rico slated for November.
The 32’ SEVEN PowerBoats catamaran will be available with outboards, while for the 39-footer buyers can choose between sterndrives or outboards. Mercury Racing will supply the powerplants.
When it comes to construction, SEVEN PowerBoats can do custom builds. The boats are vacuum-bagged can be built with epoxy, reinforced carbon or full carbon. “We can build it how you want,” Arthur said.
The boats will be painted in Puerto Rico and the country has some of the best painters in the business, Arthur said. “If you’ve seen the race cars, Puerto Ricans love to race,” he said. “We’re going to do a good job with them.”
SEVEN Marine is in the process of setting up distributors around the world for the 32’ and 39’ catamarans. And there’s a good chance you’ll see the SEVEN PowerBoats racing offshore next season and beyond in Pro Stock and other classes.
“We’re making it with love because we love race boats,” Arthur Cruz said.