Although Gary Casteel and his family won’t be at home for Thanksgiving today, they have plenty to be thankful for as they’re currently enjoying a couple of extra days in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., after spending the last few days on the lake running around in their new Advantage Boats 29 X-Flight.
Powered by an 825-hp Teague Custom Marine engine, Advantage’s latest 29 X-Flight was recently delivered to a customer from Nevada.
Powered by a supercharged 825-hp Teague Custom Marine engine, Casteel’s new 29-footer—the first boat he’s ever owned—features flawless red, gray and black gelcoat graphics and color-matched red and white upholstery. With seating for at least 10 people in the stepped-bottom boat that has a deck boat feel with the performance of a V-bottom, Casteel, who lives in Minden, Nev., and plans to use his new boat on Lake Tahoe, expects the X-Flight to be a perfect family boat.
“We’re pretty excited about the boat,” said Casteel, who was joined in Lake Havasu by his wife, Claudia, and their 16-year-old triplets—daughters, Adyson and Avery, and son, Cash,. “We’re very happy with how everything turned out. From Bob (Sepulveda) to Debbie (Christensen), everyone at Advantage was terrific to deal with.”
Check out more images of the 29 X-Flight in the slideshow above.
Casteel explained that he opted for an Advantage because his oldest son, Gary, owns a 22-foot Advantage that the family has enjoyed for the last decade and because the company was willing to customize the boat as well as the power package.
“I’ve always enjoyed my son’s boat, but it was time to get my own,” Casteel said, adding that he decided on the TCM 825 engine and accompanying TCM Platinum XR drive because he didn’t want to be underpowered on Lake Tahoe, which has an altitude above 6,000 feet. “The X-Flight is so much fun to drive. It really hauls and it is quieter than I thought it would be. I was pretty surprised with how stable the boat was, too. The other day we had a lot of chop and whitecaps and the boat just ate it all up. We cruised around at 60 mph no problem—it wasn’t even phased by the wind chop.”
Casteel said he plans on also taking the 29 X-Flight to Lake Powell (on the Arizona-Utah border) at some point and he’ll likely be visiting Lake Havasu more often in the winter and spring time when it’s too cold to boat on Lake Tahoe.