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Road Warrior Pros Take Busman’s Holiday

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Just for fun, a couple of well-known high-performance marine industry figures trekked to Lake Winnebago last weekend—and came home delighted.

What separates a “busman’s holiday,” loosely defined as a vacation involving something you do for work, and a work trip is intent. If you head out intending to work, even if you have a good time while you’re there, it’s a work trip. If you head out intending to have a good time, even if you have to work a little while you’re there, it’s a busman’s holiday.

For Ed Champion of Big Thunder Marine in Gravois Mills, Mo., and Anthony Scioli of Elite Poker Runs LLC in Buffalo, N.Y., their journeys to last weekend’s Four Horsemen Poker Run on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wisc., were most definitely the latter. They came for a good time and—while getting to the event and Saturday’s rough water conditions made it a little work—found one.

For Champion and his wife, Kathy, the trip involved a 10-hour drive north from their home in the Lake of the Ozarks area in Central Missouri. That they were hauling a 2009 Fountain 38’ Lightning powered by twin Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines made it that much more of an adventure. (Though Champion recently purchased the 38-footer, it currently is for sale at Big Thunder Marine.)

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