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Catching Up With Jason Ventura

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Let’s get this one out of the way right now: Bill Pyburn, the well-known poker run enthusiast who owns the spectacular Pure Platinum Skater 388 catamaran and has a brand-new incarnation of the cat on the way, does not own Brand X Hi-Performance Marine, a go-fast boat rigging, service and concierge outfit in Pompano Beach, Fla. Pyburn is, however, the company’s longest-standing—he was owner Jason Ventura’s first customer when he opened Brand X in 2008—and best-known client.

“Bill is a good friend and my first client, but he is not an owner—everybody thinks that,” says Ventura, who started working for Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in 2001 and finished his tenure with Bristol, R.I., custom V-bottom and catamaran builders as its service manager in 2007 before striking out on his own. “This company was started and is owned solely by me. I started it on a credit card.”

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