While sitting at the San Francisco Airport waiting for my red-eye flight into Miami Tuesday night with my speedonthewater.com partner Matt Trulio—sipping an olive-garnished deadline martini of course as you may or may not know the latest Speed On The Water digital magazine went live this week (download it here for free)—I started reflecting about things that have already happened in this new decade and it occurred to me that it’s only the second week of February, basically one day before the opening of the 2020 Miami International Boat Show, the event that generally kicked off the boating season for many of us.
Ray Kowalik had a great time running his new MTI-V 42 luxury performance center console with quad Mercury Racing 450R engines in the Fort Myers Offshore New Year’s Fun Run. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
That’s hardly the case anymore. Now we’re talking about the West Coast of Florida festivities on each end of the New Year—a Fort Myers Offshore fun run and the ever-popular Joey Gratton Memorial New Year’s Day Fun Run—as well as the Florida Powerboat Club’s 2020 Winter Poker Run in late January and all of the well-attended boat shows across the country from Los Angeles, Detroit and St. Louis to Dallas, New York and Chicago.
With such positive feedback coming out of those events and shows this year, I’m already excited about how monumental—or rather insightful, get it?—2020 could end up being, especially when you consider what is on the horizon in terms of news from the Miami show and new builds coming from builders such as Cigarette Racing Team, DCB, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, Nordic Boats, MTI, Fountain Powerboats, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats, Eliminator Boats, Donzi Marine, Adrenaline Powerboats and so many other companies that we all have grown to know and love over the years.