What could be sexier—at least in the high-performance powerboat world—than an exotic custom catamaran? How about six of them?
That’s exactly what Jay Nichols captured during a 2009 photo shoot for a now-defunct magazine with the infamous E-Dock crew on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. E-Dock, for those who haven’t heard of it, is a section of the lake’s Cherokee Yacht Club that is home to one of the finest, if not the finest, collection of go-fast boats in the world.
For Nichols, shooting the catamarans and V-bottoms of E-Dock was a plum assignment, and one that helped establish him as one of the top photographers in the game. In one weekend, he shot from a helicopter and the swim platform of a cruiser, and the E-Dock crowd embraced the Florida photo ace as if he were one of their own.
“It was the best boating weekend of my life and the best boating-photo day as well, and I’ve had a couple since then,” said Nichols. “What a fantastic group of people.”
With equally fantastic hardware, for sure. In this shot of six catamarans, you’ll find four Marine Technology, Inc., models flanked by one Skater and one Nor-Tech. Said Nichols of this image, “I love formation shots.”
So do we.