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Sunday Fun Day: Bill and Jack Munyan

Like father, like son—that’s the book on performance-boat enthusiasts Bill and Jack Munyan. Almost every other weekend, the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based father-and-son duo can be found running the senior Munyan’s 36-foot Nor-Tech catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines to Sarasota, Fla. Their favorite lunch-run destination? Marina Jack’s.

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For Bill and Jack Munyan, Sunday Fun Days are all about father-and-son bonding. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“I can’t get off the docks without Jack in the boat,” said Munyan, a 50-year-old painting contractor who’s owned a slew of go-fast catamarans in V-bottoms in addition to his 2006 model-year Nor-Tech, which he purchased three years ago. “I keep the boat on a lift behind my house.

“Typically, we head south on the weekends because of the long idle zones on the inside if we head north,” he continued. “We do a lot of the Stu Jones (Florida Powerboat Club) and Bill Taylor (Poker Runs America) events, but Marina Jack’s on Sarasota Bay is probably our favorite local run. It’s about 80 miles round-trip, the food is pretty good and we can always get a slip there.”

Far from dependent on his father for speed on the water, 17-year-old Jack Munyan has his own 21-foot Canyon Bay flats boat with a 150-hp Mercury Marine outboard engine.

“The thing came with four batteries and a trolling motor,” said Bill. “When he got it, it went 42 miles per hour. Now, he has it running over 50. He thinks it’s a raceboat.”

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