The Year's Best Images Coming in the 2017 Year In Review

One of the most fun parts about putting together our annual Speed On The Water Year In Review print magazines is that we get to re-enjoy so many cool images that were taken throughout the year. This image of the LSB/Hurricane of Awesomeness/Rev-X Oil cockpit duo of driver Brit Lilly and throttleman Ron Umlandt, who won the Superboat Vee-class world championship in November, stood out as we were selecting images from the Super Boat International season finale in Key West, Fla., for the 2017 Year In Review we've been hard at work producing.

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Images like this one of the LSB/Hurricane of Awesomeness/Rev-X Oil Superboat Vee-class world champions from Key West, Fla., from Shoot 2 Thrill Pix’s Pete Boden—Speedonthewater.com’s chief photographer—are going to be highlighted in the 2017 Year In Review magazine.

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Gallery Of The Week: Secret Santas On The Water

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” better than people in powerboats wearing Santa gear. That’s our take at least, and while we know we’re more than a little biased we stand by it. And you’ll find no greater concentration of such well-accessorized folks than at the Rus Matos’ annual Toys Tour in early December—typically the last official gasp of the organized performance-boating season—in Palatka, Fla.

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An unidentified Santa delivers the goods for children in need during the Toys Tour in 2015. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Image Of The Week: JT And The Beach Bum

In more ways than one, it’s been a Hollywood kind of year for John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine in Miami. In May, he spent an afternoon with John Travolta—and schooled him in the basics of driving an MTI-V 42 performance center console—for the famed actor’s leading role in “Speed Kills,” a feature motion picture about the life and times of performance-boat industry impresario Don Aronow.

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Last week, TNT Custom Marine's John Tomlinson (right) went Hollywood on the water with actor Matthew McConaughey (click image to enlarge).

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Gallery of the Week: Wright Performance Powerboats 360 Cats in Formation

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The first two Wright Performance Powerboats 360 sport catamarans run together on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. All photos by Brad Glidewell Photography (click photo to enlarge).

While the goal of a recently organized photo shoot on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks was to capture the first running images of the second Wright Performance Powerboats 360 catamaran to hit the water, the team at Performance Boat Center didn’t miss the chance to bring out the first 36-foot outboard-powered catamaran—its demo model that debuted in August at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—as well as the company’s back-to-back Superboat-class world champion raceboat—a canopied 38-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran fresh off its victory in Key West, Fla.

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Photo Gallery: Mystic Delivers First M4200 With Seakeeper Stabilization System

Given that bow thrusters and other useful features that take the hassle out of operation are pretty standard equipment in most upscale performance-oriented center consoles these, it was only a matter of time before buyers started to looking to add comfort-enhancing stabilizing systems. Most high-end center consoles spend as much or more time simply sitting still in the water as they do running, so adding such systems makes sense.

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For enhanced passenger comfort, the owner ordered this new Mystic M4200 center console with a Seakeeper anti-roll system.

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