For the fourth year in a row, speedonthewater.com set up a Friday morning photo shoot during the Miami International Boat Show. The hour-long shoot involves significant effort and coordination (not to mention expense) given the pre-show-opening time of the event on Virginia Key. Every high-performance powerboat company that opts in wants its boats to be back at the docks when visitors flood the show at 10 a.m.
In the Hurry Up SC 46 catamaran owned by Washington’s Jason and Laurie Moe and Texan Cass Shewbart’s Liquid Prozac SL 44 V-bottom, Outerlimits delivered two stunners for this morning’s photo shoot (click to enlarge). Photos copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix courtesy Wozencraft Insurance Agency
Ace helicopter fly-boy Paul Barth, “the best helicopter you ever saw” (just ask him or even MTI owner Randy Scism, who thanked us in a text message he sent with an image from inside the company’s latest 48-foot cat) has to start the day to the north in Opa-locka, where his Hughes 500 aircraft is based. Speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden has to have his gear ready and get over to his aerial ride from downtown Miami for lift-off 20 minutes before the shoot that starts around 9 a.m. and ends (hopefully) by 10 a.m.
And just for a little extra fun, this year—the second time we’ve used a helicopter for our annual Miami Boat Show shoot—we had 13 boats to photograph. That was almost double our boat-count in previous years.
But man, what a fleet.
In the slideshow below, you’ll find a Deep Impact 399 Sport center console, a Fountain Powerboats 34 Thunder Cat, a Jaguar Powerboats 43 catamaran, a Hustler Powerboats 39 Shotgun V-bottom, an MTI V-57 center console and the aforementioned 48-foot catamaran owned by longtime MTI owner John Caldwell, Mystic Powerboats latest M4200 and M3800 center consoles, an Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SL 44 V-bottom and SC 46 catamaran, a Skater Powerboats 438 catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 stern-drive engines and a 368 catamaran with twin Mercury Racing 450R outboards, and a Wright Performance 420 catamaran.
Not only was this the most boats we’ve packed into a one-hour shoot, we’ve never had a finer fleet. We think you’ll agree.
Which of these boats would you like to own if cost were no object? You have 13 exceptional choices.
Please enjoy the slideshow above. And if you already know him or happen to meet him for the first time this season, be sure to thank Devin Wozencraft of Wozencraft Insurance Agency for stepping up to co-sponsor our 2020 Miami International Boat Show photo shoot.