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Speed On The Water
What did you do the Saturday after Thanksgiving? If the answer comes back "shoveled snow," "watched college football" or even—heaven help you—"went shopping at the mall," you're certainly not alone. In most parts of country, folks winterized and safely stored their go-fast boats a couple of months ago and—at least until spring—have shifted their attention to other things.
But the west coast of Florida is not most parts of the country, and November and December can be flat-out spectacular for a day on the water there, which is why the Fort Myers Offshore club's annual Thanksgiving Fun Run last Saturday attracted 30 boats and more than 100 people. In the process, the run raised $3,500 for the nonprofit group's student scholarship.
Editor's note: This is the first story in speedonthewater.com's "Highs and Lows from 2013" series, which will feature at least one new interview per day throughout the month of December.
The owner and founder of the Florida Powerboat Club (FPC) in Pompano Beach, Fla., Stu Jones has much to be thankful for after completing another safe and fun poker run season. Not only did he and the club's end-of-the-year poker run receive a lot of recognition in Key West, Fla., thanks to the possibility of the offshore world championships presented by Super Boat International leaving town (read the story), he was able to take his family on a fun summer poker run tour to events that weren't produced by the FPC. When asked to provide his highs and lows from 2013, Jones didn't hesitate.
Less than three minutes long, a new video from AM Hot Rod Glass, a division of Aero-Marine—a premiere manufacturer of acrylic windscreens for high-performance powerboats—doesn't take long to watch. It does, however, deliver solid information on using the company's Crystal Clear spray cleaner and finishing wax system for acrylic windshields.
In the simple yet informative video, company president Carmen Bélanger-Martin walks viewers through the basics steps of cleaning an acrylic windshield. Steps include blowing off dust and particles with compressed air before applying the Crystal Clear cleaning product, and completing the process with the application and removal of the Crystal Clear finishing wax.
When I think about the prospect of Super Boat International moving its annual Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., up and across the state to the City of Clearwater, the words of Michael Corleone from "The Godfather" come to mind.
"It's business. Just business."
And yet this story, which I broke on speedonthewater.com a couple of months ago, reportedly has been the talk of the town in Key West—I've since done three radio interviews on the subject with host Todd Swofford of WKWF, Key West sports radio 1600—ever since the news got out. I use the term "got out" loosely, as within an hour of my arrival in Clearwater to cover the SBI National Championships, the pubic relations guy who arranged my trip said, "You know they're trying to bring the Super Boat World Championships here, right?"
Photo courtesy Andy Neumann/Monroe County Tourism Development Council