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Extreme Boating Series Coming to Boats.com

Anything “extreme” makes for good copy and even better video. And across the boating spectrum, there’s plenty of stuff that qualifies as extreme—even in sailing. (What do you expect? I’m a high-performance powerboat guy and I’m expected to take shots at sailors.)

So when my editor at Boats.com, John Burnham, a stinking sailor, asked me to compile and manage a four-part online series on “extreme boating” I was up for the job. That assignment was especially compelling because he asked me to use Lenny Rudow to handle fishing, Jeff Hemmel to cover the personal watercraft side and Kimball Livingston, another stinking sailor but a damn good writer, to handle the sailing end. I covered the high-performance side.

Short story: I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Not surprisingly, they’re all colleagues of mine at Boatermouth.com, which is conglomerate of daily blogs from 12  top writers in the marine industry.

The series, which will appear on Boats.com next week, combines text and video to showcase the extremes of boating. And much as the high-flying aerial antics in Hemmel’s PWC segment blows my mind, much as the completely automated “Frankenboat” fish slayer in Rudow’s segment cracks me, the stuff that completely knocks me out is in Livingston’s sailing portion. There’s something about nature at its worst—and voluntarily heading out in it—that qualifies as truly extreme.

As for the high-performance boating segment, it taps into offshore racing, poker runs and even manufacturing with Sunsation. For the hardcore performance-boat enthusiast, none of it will come as a revelation (though there’s some very cool video from the Florida Powerboat Club and the Miss Geico turbine-powered racing catamaran). But the average visitor who comes to Boats.com, and there are 3 million of them each month, should find it plenty entertaining.

I’ll let you know when the first segment appears.