Thanks to our chief photographer Pete Boden, finding an ace shooter for performance boat photo sessions isn’t much of a challenge these days. Choosing the boats we want to shoot and getting their manufacturers to get them where and when we want takes a bit more effort, though not a whole lot more. As in all things, mutual benefit pretty much assures a team effort—and a great result.
A blast to drive and incredibly versatile, the Airship RIBs 330 is an ideal second (maybe even everyday) ride for a performance-minded buyer looking for something low- maintenance, durable and different. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But securing a photo platform? That’s almost always a pain in the neck and usually expensive, especially if—as in the case with larger boats— the shoot demands overhead images that can only be captured by helicopter.
We didn’t need anything aerial for Boden to work his magic during the Miami International Boat Show with the Skater 478, Outerlimits SL 41, Predator 447-R and Formula 350SS FX we ran there. But we still needed something stable and nimble on the water for his photo platform.
That’s where John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine in Miami stepped up, big time. Not only did Tomlinson agree to run those above- mentioned boats for us and provide his expert opinion, he offered an Airship RIBs 330 for us to use as a photo boat. Of course, we graciously accepted.