For someone who doesn't work in the performance-boat business, South Florida specialty realtor Greg Harris was on hand for more events around the country this year than anyone we know (hence the inclusion in our series). Harris and his beautiful girlfriend, Yvonne Aleman, spent 40 nights on the road at boating events such as the Desert Storm Poker Run in Arizona, the Texas Outlaw Challenge, the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Georgia, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri and many in their home state.
"We traveled more than 19,000 miles and spent more than $25,000—and we don't even own a boat right now," laughed Harris, adding that Aleman is a catamaran girl after getting her "A-to-Z education" over the past 12 months. Currently shopping for another go-fast ride, Harris, who also is a moderator for OffShoreOnly.com, said he likes traveling to events to see friends, fellow boaters and clients on their home waterways to return the favor when they visit South Florida.
High: My highlight from the year has to be the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run on Lake Lanier. Between the amount of boats that turned out for the run, the organization of everything and the overall generosity, it was unlike any event we attended. It was cool to see a poker run held at a five-star resort that brings together pontoons, ski boats, personal watercraft, cruisers and 46-foot Skaters running the same course, and all for fun and a great cause. The fact that they raised almost $300,000 was unbelievable.
Low: My low point is that there were two similar accidents at Lake Havasu and Lake Cumberland with two completely different results, yet the boating community only wanted to argue about fault and blame and speed rather than discuss where we go from here and how we prevent accidents going forward. It's just frustrating that after all the hours spent tearing each apart that nothing beneficial came from it to make the sport safer.