When it comes to social-distancing opportunities, Erik Sedgwick of Plano, Texas, is in great shape. In the same slip he’s had for 21 years, the 46-year-old chief compliance cfficer of SpectrumVoIP, and his wife, Stephannie, have a dock-o-minium under a covered boathouse on the shores of Lake Texoma. Since February, a new Nor-Tech 340 Sport Center Console powered by triple Mercury Marine Verado 400 outboard engines has been tied up in the adjacent slip.
For second-time Nor-Tech owners Erik and Stephannie Sedgwick, their new 340 is “a work of art.”
On any given weekend, they can escape with their 13-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter for the day to one of the many islands that dot the massive, 90,000-acre lake on the border of Texas and Oklahoma.
“Texoma is one of the better lakes in Texas,” said Sedgwick. “It’s 50 miles long so we can really get out and go. We usually find a sandy beach on one of the islands and tie up with friends.
With more than a little help from his wife, Sedgwick customized and ordered the boat through his brother-in-law Greg Connell, the owner of Nor-Tech dealer Legend Marine Group in Carrollton, Texas, (Connell’s wife, Jennifer, is Stephannie Sedgwick’s sister). They took delivery of the boat in February. It is his second 34-footer from the Fort Myers, Fla., high-performance center console, catamaran and V-bottom sportboat company.
“I got my first one, hull No. 56 with triple Mercury Verado 300s, in 2015,” he said. “My new boat is 340 hull No. 181 with triple Mercury Verado 400s. The price difference between the 350 and 400 Verados was nominal, so I went with the 400s with their seven-year warranties.
“In the four-and-a-half years I owned my first Nor-Tech, I didn’t take it to the shop once,” he added.
Coming into the project, Sedgwick knew what he wanted to spend. In going with Mercury Marine outboards rather than their more-potent—and more expensive—Mercury Racing counterparts, he was able to spend more on customizing the build.
“My wife and I picked everything out together,” he said. “We chose this light blue Bentley color for the hull and deck and we found these beautiful photos of an old Bentley with a hexagonal stitching pattern in its seats. So we had Nor-Tech do a hexagonal pattern, almost like fish scales, in our upholstery accent pattern. We even ordered the Seadek flooring with the same pattern. It’s a really beautiful boat.”
The entire Sedgwick family traveled to Nor-Tech to take delivery of their new boat.
“Running a technology company, I’m kind of a freak when it comes to electronics,” he continued, then laughed. “We upgraded to twin 22-inch Garmin GPS units and added Apple TV. We had Nor-Tech integrate the stereo systems with a color-caster lighting package in the cockpit so the light is always changing and moving with the music. We have two speakers in the Club Sport seat (base) facing the outboards so we can hear the music when we’re swimming.”
Before hauling the boat to Texas, Sedgwick and his family traveled to Southwest Florida to take delivery of their new 340. They met with team behind the build and even managed to take a trip to Captiva Island and explore the surrounding waterways in their new ride.
“The people at Nor-Tech are incredible—the quality of everything they do is incredible,” he said The boat is a work of art and they accommodated every request I made without hesitation.
“And I worked really well with Greg and the guys at Legend Marine,” he added. “They were Johnny-on-the-spot when it came to making sure everything turned out right.”