Thordon Bearings’ Pursu Cat powerboat, Cajun 57, finished in the top five of the Super Cat-class of the 2015 Qatar Cup, the Qatar round of the UIM World Offshore 225 Championships.
The three-day event, which includes a one day qualifying stage followed by two days of racing, attracted power boat teams from all over the world, with entrants from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East.
Although the eight-crew Cajun 57 team, led by driver/owner Paul Boudreaux, missed a podium slot by just a matter of seconds during the 14-lap race around Doha bay, crew member Jim Bright, said: “Boudreaux is an exceptionally skilled driver with multiple wins in the Super Cat class, but you can’t win every race. We’re certainly looking forward to the next race in the competition.”
The Thordon-sponsored Cajun 57 has a 44ft Kevlar hull and is powered by twin Scorpion racing engines, producing 800hp at 7000rev/min. It also incorporates a Thordon Bearings’ shafting/steering system.
Both Bright and Boudreaux have a long history with Thordon Bearings. Bright is the Engineered Products Manager at Marine Industries Corporation, an authorised distributor of the Canada-based company’s seawater-lubricated shaft seals and bearings; Boudreaux is the owner of Ashton Marine, a full service New Orleans’ shipyard, which routinely installs Thordon products on a variety of offshore vessels.
About Thordon Bearings
A worldwide leader in seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems with over 25 years’ experience in this technology, Thordon Bearings designs and manufactures a complete range of non-metallic sleeve bearing solutions for marine, clean power generation, pump, offshore oil, and other industrial markets. The polymer bearings operate pollution free without oil or grease.Thordon Bearings is the only manufacturer of propeller shaft bearings to guarantee its COMPAC system for a 15 year wear life.