How many Sunsation Center Console Xtreme models has Mitcher T Custom Painting and Design—the famed Middleville, Mich., powerboat graphics outfit—painted to date? Go ahead, take a guess. And take your time. There’s no rush.
According to the Algonac, Mich., high-performance center console company’s Joe Schaldenbrand, the answer is 75.
(From left) Dave Massi, Jr., Sunsation’s Joe Schaldenbrand and Dave Massi struck a pose last week in front of the latest Mitcher T-painted 32 CCX at the annual Atlantic City Boat Show (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.
That is a simple matter of fact. Moving into the realm of opinion, the 32 CCX on display at the Atlantic City Boat Show, which closed last Sunday, in New Jersey could well be the prettiest one yet. This gallery from photographer Tim Sharkey sure makes a compelling case.
Ordered through Sunsation dealer Coty Marine in Toms River, N.J., the 32-footer powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines is owned by Garden State powerboat enthusiast Dave Massi. His son, Dave, Jr., reportedly was involved in the process, especially when it came to the boat’s color scheme.
Given the 32 CCX itself and its compelling graphics, it’s no wonder that, according to Sharkey and Schaldenbrand, the boat was a hit at the Atlantic City event.
For a closer look at the Massi’s sizzling 32-foot Sunsation, check out the slideshow above.
“In my opinion it is the best looking Sunsation to date—it’s gorgeous,” said Sharkey. “And Joe agreed with me. Bill Bartus (another marine industry veteran from New Jersey who attended the show) and I were blown away and we were laughing about that. We’ve seen a lot of boats, so that’s saying something.
“The A.C. Show has really made a comeback,” he added. “They were just about maxed out in space this year. Only one area was unfilled, but the exhibits appeared to take up 90 percent of the building’s capacity.”