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Understanding The Family Business

As you probably know from all the questions you get at the docks each summer, most folks have zero understanding of the high-performance powerboating world, much less why anyone would want to be involved in it. Don’t get me wrong—they are dazzled by your breathtaking go-fast catamarans, V-bottoms and center consoles. Still, they tend to walk away with one question.

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Thanks to their gracious hosts Bob and Madelyn Christie, Anna Trulio and her boyfriend, Dave Rowe (above), had the experience of a lifetime—and learned firsthand about the charitable side of the go-fast boating world—as volunteers at Shore Dreams for Kids last weekend. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

Why?

And if you’ve ever tried to answer that question, you know how difficult—maybe even impossible—it is. Trust me, Jason Johnson, my fellow offshoreonly.com columnist and speedonthewater.com co-publisher, and I feel your pain. For the most part, our significant others and friends outside the go-fast boating community struggle to understand our passion for the market we cover.

But for Morgan Johnson, Jason’s eight-old-daughter, and Anna Trulio, my 20-year-old daughter, that changed last weekend. If you read Johnson’s offshoreonly.com column yesterday, you know that on Friday before the 15th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run in Boyne City, Mich., Morgan spent a little time behind the wheel of a 32-foot Monterey runabout owned by John and Julie Tokar, who also have a spectacular Outerlimits SV 43 sportboat.

“She was so giddy,” said Jason Johnson. “She definitely got bit by the boating bug. Now, she wants a boat.”

As for Anna, the light came on during the 18th annual Shore Dreams for Kids event in Seaside Heights, N.J.

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