When Teague Custom Marine’s John Teague and his wife, Maggie, decided to bring their seven-month-old daughter, Layla Grace, to the Desert Storm Poker Run at the end of April, they couldn’t think of a better—and safer—first boat ride than in the 46-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran Lick This.
Before heading under the London Bridge, Maggie Teague held up her seven-month-old daughter, Layla, to get a better look at the spectators watching the parade of Desert Storm Poker Run boats idle through the channel. Photo by Jason Johnson
Powered by a set of TCM 1,500-hp quad-rotor engines, the canopied 46-foot catamaran owned by Arizona’s Sean and Molly Moore—a boat John Teague has driven with Moore several times and is very comfortable in—drew a lot of attention thanks to its giant Baby on Board stickers as it cruised through the famous Lake Havasu channel and under the historic London Bridge during the poker run parade on Friday morning.
“We figured what better way for Layla to get her first boat ride than at the Desert Storm Poker Run in a giant 46-foot Skater,” John said with a smile during his drive home from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on Sunday. “The boat obviously eats up the rough water, plus having her in the canopy out of the wind and the sun made the big, safe boat a perfect choice.
“Layla seemed to love it—she was out on the Skater most of the day checking out all of the boats and the people,” he continued. “When we took the boat through the channel and people saw the Baby on Board signs they started clapping and cheering as we drove past.”
John said Sean came up with the Baby on Board sticker idea as kind of a tongue-in-cheek deal, and that he and Maggie loved the idea so they had some stickers printed locally and put them on Lick This just in time for the poker run.
“We just took it easy out there and enjoyed a real relaxing day on the water,” John said. “To avoid the traffic and get out ahead of the beginning of the poker run, we decided to take off a little early and run down to the first card stop. We cruised down to Havasu Springs at about 60 mph and Layla fell asleep on our way there.
“I would like to add that we beat Gary Smith in Predator and all of the other boats to the first stop,” he joked. “Seriously though, these runs should be about fun with family and not about competition or running your boat beyond your capabilities. We wanted to promote that.”
Welcome to parenthood, John and Maggie—we’re glad to see Layla is fitting right in as a member of the Teague family.