Thanks to an industry friend, Jody Hamilton of Diverse Offerings Finance in Buford, Ga., I was informed a couple of months back that there was a new Glasstream Powerboats 360 center console being built for Dane Michael and the team at Lakeside Marine and Motorsports, a sales and service center in Gainesville, Ga. Hamilton, who provides direct retail financing to buyers, sellers, brokers, dealers and manufacturers for aircraft, boats, RVs and yachts, also told me that the new “poker run edition” boat was going to do its first poker run all the way on the opposite side of the country.
A long way from home, Lakeside Marine’s new Glasstream 360 PRO-XS has received a lot of attention in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., this week. Photo by Kevin Johns/Instant Memories Photography
This week, the 36-footer powered by triple Mercury Marine Verado 350 engines hit the water—and the street on Thursday afternoon—in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for the annual Desert Storm Poker Run. On Tuesday, Shane Sherman delivered the boat following a cross-country tow, and on Wednesday, Michael and 11 of his closest friends took to the lake to show off the boat, which is the first 36-foot Glasstream to feature two rows of bolster seats, and do a little exploring.
“This is my first time in Havasu—it’s a different world here and it’s so beautiful in its own way,” said Michael from the event’s Street Party on Thursday. “It’s a pretty cool place and the people are incredible. Everybody we’ve encountered has been so welcoming. Even when it was super busy this morning getting set up for the Street Party everyone was easy going and helpful.”