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Commentary: The View From Mad Props Between Countries

What began as a quick stroll this morning on the docks at the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., which kicks off tonight with a street exhibit and celebration, led to a perfect boat ride on the St. Lawrence River thanks to Yvonne Aleman and Greg Harris. The owners of Mad Props, an M37R Widebody catamaran from DCB Performance Marine, the South Florida couple invited me aboard their 37-footer to pre-run the St. Lawrence River course alongside Kelly O’Hara, Kiran Pinisetti and his wife, Jessica, in their new DCB M37R Widebody beauty.

Greg Harris, Yvonne Aleman and a lucky guest enjoyed a run this morning on the St. Lawrence River ahead of the 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run.

There are five 37-footers from the now-Phoenix-based custom boat company in town for the event. And I’m privileged to say I’ve ridden in two of them—twice now in Mad Props thanks to Aleman and Harris and once in the catamaran co-owned by the O’Hara and the Pinisetti families. (I promised Pinisetti and O’Hara that I would leave the pleasure of announcing the clever name of their new ride to them.) I am fortunate to count all three couples as cool friends I don’t see nearly enough.

Kelly O’Hara and Kiran Pinisetti led the way in their brand-new DCB M37R catamaran.

We ran for about an hour on the waterway, which separates the United States from Canada and is dotted with island homes from cottages to castles, and never got much above 90 mph in the blustery conditions. A short rain squall during the return leg doused us, but by the time we got back to the docks we were mostly dry and the skies had cleared.

And now, after another short rain event, the skies are blue again and predicted to stay that way through Saturday.

No matter how many times you visit this place, it never get old. The 1,000 Islands area comes by its name honestly and it is one of the finest boating environments in the country. If it doesn’t take your breath away, especially when you experience it with friends in their flawless boats, a bit of self-reflection and the counting of blessings is in order.

When you’re riding with friends in their fantastic boat, a little rain can’t dampen your spirits—even when your throttleman is attempting to slide under the dash.

Today’s boat ride was the perfect way to start a weekend of coverage of the seventh annual event benefitting Make-A-Wish of Central New York, the Wellness Program at River Hospital in nearby Alexandria Bay and local first-responder agencies. If I had to go home tomorrow, I’d be satisfied.

But I don’t. I’m lucky that way. So stay tuned.

Not part of the view from Mad Props but madly beautiful nonetheless, the 1,000 Islands area is as good as boating environments get. Photo by Devin Wozencraft courtesy of Wozencraft Insurance Agency.

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