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Putting The Band Back Together

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For members of Powerboat magazine’s former test team, the 2017 Miami International Boat Show was a fine reunion. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Between advance and real-time reporting, Jason Johnson, my colleague at speedonthewater.com, and I wrote and published 40 stories related to the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday afternoon. The first piece went live on December 16 and the last one went live yesterday. It was a ton of work, for sure, but it also was a ton of fun. We’re blessed to love what we do for a living.

But this year was special, and not just because the new products were particularly cool and that our reporting was the most extensive it’s ever been. This year, the Miami Boat Show was a reunion of sorts, and one we will cherish forever. Last Thursday and Friday morning, we reunited with Bob Teague and John Tomlinson, our former colleagues and boat testing teammates at Powerboat magazine, to run the new Skater 478 and Predator 447 high-performance V-bottoms, as well as a Formula 350 Sun Sport powered by a pair of new Ilmor Marine 483-hp 7.4-liter LS-based engines. The features on those boats, complete with comments from Teague and Tomlinson, will run in our next digital magazine. (Look for that issue to go live at the end of the month.)

For the record, we have zero interest in getting back into the full-time “boat testing” editorial game. And I do mean zero.

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