Despite that he saw other high-performance powerboat builders surviving and even thriving by offering center-console models during the past few years, Patrick Haughey, the owner of Active Thunder Boats in Pompano Beach, Fla., was never tempted to take his company in that direction. Not for one moment, not if hell froze over (and it just might have in the past two weeks). No way.
That’s because as anyone who knows him can tell you, Haughey is a hardcore go-fast boat guy who has created a solid line of semi-custom performance V-bottoms that have developed a cult-like following over the years. To Haughey, the idea of a center-console Active Thunder is—even to survive—sacrilege. He breathes performance. Same goes for the Active Thunder faithful.