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Gallery Of The Week: An Outboard Parade In Fort Lauderdale

As a general rule, entire powerboats do not photograph well at boat shows. And closing today, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in South Florida is no exception.

Any questions where power has gone for high-performance catamarans and center consoles? Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.


First, the boats are more or less on top of each other, so getting a clean shot of a single vessel is next to impossible. Everything is shot from dock level. Unless the photographer goes with a weird wide-angle image or the vessel is on the small side, getting an entire boat in the frame is rough duty.

Plus, boats look much better when they’re running. Why else would this media outlet spend a small fortune on helicopters for photo shoots?

But isolate the elements, say the outboard engines powering a given catamaran or center console, and things come into focus, so to speak. Speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden was at the show on Friday and shot everything he could. But what stands out most is the array of colorful outboards—most of the Mercury Racing kind—he captured.

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And that provided all the elements and incentive needed for the gallery above.

As noted in the first paragraph, the Fort Lauderdale show is still going. Results and reviews from high-performance powerboat builders including Cigarette Racing Team, Fountain Powerboats, MTI, Mystic Powerboats, Performance Powerboats, Nor-Tech, Sunsation Powerboats and more are not in. Look for a story tomorrow on speedonthewater.com.

In the meantime, enjoy the outboard show.

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