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Image of the Week: A Pelican’s Observation of the Miami Boat Show Poker Run

Photographer Pete Boden takes a lot of pride in putting himself in the right position to shoot a poker run, offshore race or whatever it is his camera is taking aim at that day. Over the past week and a half, he has captured a lot of photos, most of which were well thought out. Still there’s something to be said for being at the right place at the right time, which is what happened with Boden’s latest Image of the Week.

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It doesn’t get much more picturesque than this stunner from Pete Boden of Shoot 2 Thrill Pix (click image to enlarge).

Taken at the Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina at Holiday Isle in Islamorada, Fla., Boden was taking a standard “boats at the docks” photo with the cool reflections, palm trees and more, when a large pelican landed on the dock piling and placed itself perfectly in the foreground of Boden’s shot.

As you can see from the boats at the docks, there were some serious hardware and a nice variety of boats entered in the Florida Powerboat Club’s 21st Miami Boat Show Poker Run. Of course there were some fresh-from-the-boat-show models such as Cigarette Racing’s spectacular Cigarette-AMG 41′ SD GT3 with twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines (read the story) and the new quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R-powered 390 Sport center console from Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats—yeah the 100-mph boat (read the story).

15yearinreview storyadBased on those two boats alone the center console contingency would have been well represented, but Cigarette and Nor-Tech weren’t the only companies with center consoles in the fleet. Beautiful models from Deep Impact, Statement Marine, Midnight Express and others made the 80-mile run from Miami to Islamorada.

Of course there were cats from many of the major builders—Nor-Tech, Skater Powerboats, MTI, Mystic Powerboats and Doug Wright—not to mention plenty of V-bottoms from Cigarette, Fountain Powerboats, Donzi Marine and more. The Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats contingent was strong as well with a couple of cats and several V-bottoms.

“Overall it was a good turnout for this year’s run,” said Stu Jones, founder and president of the Florida Powerboat Club. “I think we ended up with about 75 boats registered with a majority of the boats doing the run Thursday rather than Friday. The weather could have been better, but for the most part it was pretty nice.

“One of the highlights for me was the Full Moon Party at Morada Bay in Islamorada,” he added. “We’ve never really timed the boat show run right so we could check out the full moon party they do there, but this year we did—we went after the awards party on Saturday night—and we had a blast.”

It sounds like Jones and the club members who went to the party were at the right place at the right time. Just like Boden was for the shot featured above.

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