On any given weekend when they head to their second home in Osage Beach, Mo., Jim and Barb Unger of St. Louis know they’ll have a crowd to host on the Lake of the Ozarks. That comes with the territory of having three children, seven grandchildren and a whole lot of friends, and it’s why they bought a Sunsation Powerboats 32 CCX center console four years ago. But as much as they loved their 32-footer, the couple, which also has owned several cruisers, knew additional passenger space was necessary.
With their new Sunsation Powerboats 40 CCX, Jim and Barb Unger have a sporty center console that can handle a crowd and is a kick to drive. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“With the cruisers, which we enjoyed, we pretty much had to ‘beat people’ to get them to go into the cabin,” said Jim Unger. “No one wanted to be inside during day.”
The solution arrived a few days before the late-August Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in the form of a Sunsation 40 CCX center console powered by three Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines. So far, the Ungers have logged 25 operating-hours on the 40-footer, which they will keep year-round at their lake home.
“The 32 Sunsation was perfect for the kind of boating we do at the lake—pile people on and go—but it just wasn’t quite big enough,” Jim Unger said. “So we sold that boat and our 40-foot cruiser and bought the 40 CCX.
“We love it—it’s a great boat,” he added, then chuckled. “And with three 450-hp outboards, it has a lot of scoot.”