Gallery Of The Week: Lake X, Then And Now

Mercury Marine’s announcement during the Miami International Boat Show that it would be reopening Lake X—its famed private testing facility in St. Cloud, Fla.—sent longtime performance-boat enthusiasts down memory lane and relative newcomers wondering about the possibilities. For now, at least, the Fond du Lac, Wis., marine engine and accessories companies will be using the Lake X site exclusively for product development, testing and special events.

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Currently out of service but scheduled to be brought back to life, the famed observation tower at Lake X is the facility’s most recognizable feature (click image to enlarge).

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Image Of The Week: Fort Myers Offshore Hits The Beach

With rain that didn’t materialize in the weekend weather forecast—that’s why they’re called forecasts—undeterred supporters of the western Florida-based, nonprofit Fort Myers Offshore club headed out for their annual Cayo Costa Beach fun run and cookout last Saturday. And despite less-than-photogenic conditions, club member Craig B. Eastwood caught a cool overhead shot using a drone-camera.

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Fort Myers Offshore members stormed the beach for good times last weekend (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Craig B. Eastwood/Fort Myers Offshore.

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Gallery Of The Week: Dream Chasing With DCB

Sometimes wordplay makes perfect sense. Take “Chasin Dreams, II” the name of DCB Performance Boats’ latest M31 catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 860 engines. In addition to being a more than appropriate handle for a spectacular custom powerboat, it ties into the name of its Oklahoma-based owner, Chase Chappell, who plans to run the cat this summer on Lake Eufala with his wife, Shyla and—if available of course—their 19- and 17-year-old children.

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DCB’s third M31 catamaran equipped with Mercury Racing 860 engines will be on display at the Desert Storm Poker Run street party.

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Image of the Week: Pilini 34 XCS Takes Top Cat Award In Tampa

Considering the boat was an attention-getter (read the story) at the first event Ralph and Daniel Munyan attended with the very first 34 XCS sport catamaran from Pilini Marine, it was no surprise that the 34-footer powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines took home the President's Choice Award for Best Catamaran (see image below, click to enlarge) at last weekend's Florida Powerboat Club Tampa Bay Poker Run.

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Daniel Munyan and RJ Schwab ran the new Pilini Marine 34 XCS in the Tampa Bay Poker Run. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Image Of The Week: The 6,400-HP Riddle

What has 6,400 hp and is reliable on the water? A fleet of four MTI V-42 center consoles, each powered by quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines, of course.

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This stellar line-up of Verado 400R outboard-powered MTI center consoles was on hand for the company’s recent event in the Florida Keys (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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