Image of the Week: Happy Independence Day!

Besides wishing everyone on (or off) the water today a happy and safe Fourth of July, the team at speedonthewater.com figured it would be appropriate to share one of the many performance boats—primarily Fountain Powerboats models—that we see at various events featuring stars and stripes-themed graphics.

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Whether it's the Fourth of July or not, Trent Puryear loves to show off his national pride. Photo by Jacob Davis/Lake Life Photos

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Image of the Week: Captain Morgan’s With A Splash

Speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden departed last weekend’s Erie Poker Run produced by Elite Poker Runs LLC with enough rough-water digital photographs to keep performance-boat enthusiasts on social media drooling for weeks. And Boden is just beginning to sort and edit the thousands of images he captured during the third annual event on Lake Erie in Pennsylvania.

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Just add water—Jeff Morgan and company enjoyed a wild ride in his 42-foot Fountain last weekend (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

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Image of the Week: Welcome to Toon Town

Like the annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, the Offshore Powerboat Association-sanctioned Lake Race on the Central Missouri waterway is something of an all-inclusive event. There’s a class for powerboats of pretty much all shapes and sizes in the annual OPA contest, which ran earlier this month.

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Always a crowd pleaser at the Lake Race, the Pontoon class delivered close action (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Photos.

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Image of the Week: Lake Winnebago Beat Down

Unike Lake Michigan a mere 73 miles east, Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago isn’t particularly notorious for rough conditions. That said, like any body of water with enough wind applied it can get nasty as participants in last weekend’s Four Horsemen Poker Run quickly discovered.

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Beak alert—this Fountain sportboat displaced major water during the Four Horsemen Poker Run (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Anthony Scioli/Elite Poker Runs LLC.

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Slideshow of the Week: Mauff Celebrates 60th, Enjoys First Lake Race

For many reasons, the five-boat Supercat class stood out at last weekend’s Offshore Powerboat Association-sanctioned Lake Race on Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. For one, joining the locally based Performance Boat Center/Jimmy John’s team—the defending Super Boat International national and world champions in the Superboat class—were two teams loaded with veteran racers—the WHM Motorsports team of Billy Mauff and Jay Muller, and the Cleveland Construction team of Ed Smith and Bob Teague. Add in the competitive local father-and-son team H.P. Mafia, plus the newest team to the class, M CON, which is the former WHM Skater campaigned by rookie racers and cousins Tyler Miller and Brett Miller, and the class was one of the most fun to watch.

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Billy Mauff and Jay Muller won the Supercat class in their first trip to the Lake Race in Missouri. All photos by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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