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Girl Power On The Water

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An eighth grade honor student, Amanda Todd is perfectly at home behind the wheel of her father’s high-performance V-bottom. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

In the single-engine go-fast V-bottom world, models don’t get much more significant than a 2001 Superboat 30 YTK with a supercharged 850-hp Richie Zul powerplant. A longtime powerboat owner who lives in Ringwood, N.J., Kendall Todd knows that, which is why he’s taken his time teaching Amanda, his 13-year-old daughter, to drive the 30-footer he bought in 2004. She started on her father’s lap when she was five years old. By the time she was 10 years old, she could handle the boat herself.

Of course, Amanda can handle more than the boat—she can handle herself. At age nine she earned her black belt in karate.

Last weekend, she drove the V-bottom in her first organized event, the Hudson River Fall Fun Run in New York.

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