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Big Thunder Marina Auction Set for May, Race-Ready Skater for Sale

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Both the Big Thunder Marina property in Missouri (below) and the 43-foot Skater that bore its name (above) are for sale.

For Sue Morgan, the wife of offshore racing legend Bob Morgan who died in a boat crash at the 2011 Key West World Championships, the time has come to move on and part ways with the historic Lake of the Ozarks property in Gravois Mills, Mo., known as Big Thunder Marina.

btm overallWith marina buildings for storage and service, covered docks and rental slips, and several waterfront homes, cabins and lots, the 7.5-acre property will be auctioned as individual parcels starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 16.

“We’ve had the property for sale for a couple of years, but no one has made an offer and I need to get all of this behind me so an auction makes the most sense,” Sue Morgan said. “I have a lot of great people helping me move forward. It won’t be easy to let everything go, but it’s what needs to happen.”

Morgan also said that her late husband’s twin-engine 43-foot Skater Powerboats raceboat—the only 43 Douglas Marine ever built—is currently for sale and is in race-ready condition at CK Motorsports in Nunica, Mich. The Skater, which is listed for $219,000 on OffshoreOnly.com, features a fresh pair of 557-cubic-inch Baker Engineering engines making 1,000-plus hp apiece.

A spare set of engines is available for the “turn-key” catamaran, which has an integral tunnel flap, a wide 72-inch tunnel and a four-person canopied cockpit. Keith Holmes of CK Motorsports, believes the boat is perfect for the Extreme or Unlimited class and would even make a cool poker run hot rod.

The slideshow above includes more images of Big Thunder Marina and the raceboat. Photos courtesy Ed Champion and Keith Holmes.

“If I didn’t have the heartache and could enjoy the boat with someone as much as Bob and I did, I’d never sell,” Morgan said. “But the boat needs a new home—it needs to go to someone who will appreciate it.

For more details on the Big Thunder Marina auction, download the auction pdf or visit EasterlyAuctionCo.com. For more information on the 43-foot Skater raceboat, contact Holmes at 616-837-9096 or via ckmotorsports.net.

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