The end of the 2016 performance boating season definitely arrived quicker than expected. It felt like time flew by between the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and the Key West World Championships. Now, some six weeks removed from Key West, it’s crunchtime to get our second annual print edition—the Speed On The Water 2016 Year In Review—ready for the printer and in your mailboxes in a few weeks. (If you haven’t ordered one of the 164-page collector’s edition magazines, you can do so here.) Between everything going on, we managed to produce our special Speed On The Water 2016 Year End digital magazine, which you can download for free here.
Despite our hectic schedule, which includes the website’s daily news, digital magazine organization/production, a weekly newsletter and planning for a new-and-improved Speedonthewater.com in 2017, we are proud of how the latest edition of Speed On The Water magazine came together in terms of its diverse and timely content.
Of course the most timely and newsworthy piece in the magazine is the cover story on Formula Boats’ new all-purpose model, the 430 Super Sport Crossover, which combines everything the company has learned about its cruisers, day boats and sportboats during the past 30-plus years with today’s outboard engine technology.
Being the Year End issue, you can count on several pages of coverage from the both the poker run and the offshore world championships in Key West, Fla., as well as several On Scene pages from the Lake Powell Challenge, Monster Bash and SCOPE Poker Run.
There’s a cool project story about a classic Switzer Craft GL 20, which could be the last of its kind on the water, that was restored to perfection by its fast-moving owner. And be sure to check out the “Big Fish On A Small Pond” story on the 43-foot Sunsation F4 V-bottom that may seem like a lot of boat for Lake Havasu but is just right for Jay and Colleen Jorgenson.
Last but not least, find out how The Art Of Design’s Dean Loucks changed how people think about high-performance powerboat paint jobs. No surprise—he’s not done yet.
Don’t forget the usual departments, too, as there are some good stories in the Year-End 2016 issue, including a fun column from Technical Editor Bob Teague on a power swap between two brothers’ Donzi and Fountain.
It pains us to say this (again), but we’re closing our third-straight issue with a memorial page, this time in honor of Jim Melley ad Garth Tagge. Our condolences go out to their family and friends.
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