Nor-Tech Catamaran Double Dips At FMO And FPC Events

Just a few weekends ago, members of the Florida Powerboat Club were enjoying a new venue in Tampa for the the outifit's annual Tampa Bay Poker Run, while the Fort Myers Offshore group was holding its annual run to Cayo Costa Beach for a raft-up and cookout. But this weekend, the roles—or at least the destinations—were reversed. The FMO group headed to the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg (the former host venue for the FPC Tampa Poker Run) for its season-finale weekend, while the FPC group headed to Fort Myers for its annual poker run off the coast of FMO’s home base.

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Pierre and Meghan Brousseau and company put their 40-foot Nor-Tech catamaran to good use this weekend in FMO and FPC events (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Five Unforgettable Moments From The Desert Storm Poker Run

My wife likes to tell me about a bi-weekly “assignment” that the executives where she works have to produce for the company’s CEO in which they describe their “top five” things going on with their business unit. She doesn’t enjoy spending the time to do them, but she admits that they’re rather helpful.

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With the incredible Spooled Up 52-foot MTI cat in the background, the new DCB M33R cat heads out on another demo ride during the Desert Storm Poker Run. Photo by Jason Johnson

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Helmkamp’s Highlights From The Desert Storm Street Party

Late last night while many people in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., were ordering another round of drinks at one of the bars on McCulloch Blvd. or hitting In-n-Out, Del Taco or Filiberto’s for a “fourth meal,” photographer Jeff Helmkamp was hard at work in his hotel room editing photos from Thursday’s Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party—arguably the coolest on-land performance boat showcase in the country.

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Once again the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party was off the hook. All photos by Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Photos

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What To See At The Desert Storm Street Party

Starting at noon today, McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., becomes what could be the world’s longest motorsports toy store. Of course, seeing as this annual outdoor showcase is an integral part of the Desert Storm Poker Run week, its primary focus is on exotic go-fast catamarans, V-bottom sportboats and performance center console. But there also are plenty of wild trucks and monster haulers, sand rail rockets, psycho motorcycles, exotic automobiles and more.

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There are things you don’t want to miss in Lake Havasu City today. Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp/J Helmkamp Photograpy.

For even the most casual gear-head, the exhibit is a mile-plus-long slice of heaven. And visitors have more than enough time see it all, as the Desert Storm street party doesn’t shut down until 9 p.m. Still, there are several things you don’t want to miss. Here’s a quick list.

DCB Performance Boats Exhibit
In the past three days, DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, Calif., has delivered one new M33R catamaran, two M31s and one M44 to their delighted owners. They’re all spectacular, though just two will be on display today. (Go figure—their new owners are out boating.) But the famed, Mark Morris/Visual Imaginations-painted Lickity Split M35 and M44 All Spooled Up cats will be there. Company owners Tony Chiaramonte, Jeff Johnston and Paul Miller will be on hand as well, and they are three of the most friendly and laidback—a small miracle given this week’s boat delivery schedule—guys you’ll ever meet.

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New Venue Comes Up Aces For FPC Tampa Bay Poker Run

Even with its longstanding dock space issues, the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., was a known quantity as the host hotel for the Florida Powerboat Club’s annual Tampa Bay Poker Run. So at least in some sense, FPC president Stu Jones took a bit of a chance changing the venue—as planned for months—for this weekend’s event to the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa.

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Said longtime FPC Tampa Poker Run participant Bob Christie, “I like the Tampa location better than St. Pete. We had a great group and beautiful weather.” (Click image to enlarge.) Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix and the Florida Powerboat Club.

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