Thanks to good weather, great people and fun stops on several different waterways, the Friday portion of the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run in Louisiana was an absolute blast. Not only were there friendly and familiar faces everywhere participants stopped—including at the Rum Buoys party hosted by Powerboat Nation—the boating was extremely enjoyable and rather extensive, at least for those who were trying to hit as many of the nine different stops as possible being that rain is in the forecast for Saturday.
No need to worry, the Tickfaw 200 crowd is going to have a good time whether it rains or not. Especially the people who head over to the Tchefuncte River for the festivities in Madisonville, which include a couple of live bands and the annual Chicken Drop at Riverside Bar.
Besides conversing with some locals with new boats at the event, including Daniel Laborde, who took delivery of his Mystic Powerboats M4200 luxury performance center console last week, and regular attendees such as Motor Monkey’s Kort Wittich and Arkansas performance boater Sam Jirik, there’s not much of a story to tell beyond the fact that the amount of boats—and variety of boats—at the annual event is off the charts.
So, as sometimes happens, Pete Boden’s aerial images (below) will help tell the story.
Check out the slideshow above for more images from Friday’s leg of the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run.
In a way, the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run is a history lesson as one can easily get a better understanding of the evolution of powerboats by walking the docks at Rum Buoys, Prop Stop and, of course, Blood River Landing, the host venue for the event. From 23-foot Baja Marine and 27-foot Fountain Powerboats V-bottoms to 48-foot MTI and 38-foot Skater Powerboats catamarans, the boats come in all shapes and sizes from the last four or five decades with power packages ranging from small single-engine-outboard applications to monsterous supercharged twin-engine packages.
And the best part is, everyone is welcome. Because, if there’s one thing the Cajun community does well, it is make anyone feel like they’re at home—even if they’re close to 2,000 miles away from home. Right Devin Wozencraft, John Caparell and Lawrence Coehlo? Those three California boaters who were on hand again this year are definite advocates for the event. As is pretty much everyone else who comes to Tickfaw each year.
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