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Sunday Fun Day: Joe Celello

Not that he’s unappreciative of his weekends on the water, but Joe Celello doesn’t lack for seat time in his twin 500-hp-engine-powered 36-foot Spectre Powerboats catamaran during the week. In fact, thanks to an outfit called Millionaire Concierge, the Plantation, Fla.—think Fort Lauderdale area—kitchen contactor gets paid handsomely to give two- to three-hour rides dubbed “The Raceboat Experience” to folks in his 36-footer on weekdays.

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Celello maximizes his go-fast powerboating opportunities on Florida’s east and west coasts (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“I just do that for fun,” he said. “It’s funny, I have an opportunity for someone else if they want to give rides but most people don’t have the kind of career where they can just take off during the week.”

On weekends, Celello and his girlfriend, Amy Lee, take advantage of boating opportunities on both sides of the Sunshine State. Last weekend, for example, they hit the water with their friends and fellow catamaran owners Ryan Beckley, Chris LaMorte and Bill Munyon in Sarasota. They also participate in Fort Myers Offshore club events. In fact, if Celello can reassemble his engines in time—he’s having his cylinder heads machined early this week—he’ll likely participate in the FMO’s Cayo Costa Fun Run next weekend.

Closer to home, one of Celello’s Sunday favorites is trailering his 2002 model-year catamaran to Homestead and launching from Black Point for a run to Key Largo.

“We’ll put in and run to Gilbert’s and stop there to get a snack,” he said. “Then we’ll run to the (Islamorada) Tiki Bar, then come back to the Big Chill and get a pizza. Then it’s back to Homestead. That’s an all-day trip.”

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Celello and his girlfriend, Amy Lee, visited the Miami International Boat Show at its new home on Virginia Key last month.

Although Celello and Lee do occasionally start the run to Key Largo from their home, he prefers to trailer part of the way to avoid long slow-speed zones, as well as have his trailer closer by in the event something goes wrong.

“From Fort Lauderdale to the Tiki Bar is exactly 99 miles,” he said. “It’s easier to have the truck and trailer somewhere in between, because if we have a problem we can get to them without having to go 100 miles.

“If we don’t go with Fort Myers Offshore next weekend, we’ll probably go to the Keys,” he added. “We may or may not go to the Florida Powerboat Club’s Tampa Bay Poker Run, but only because we’ll have family in town.”

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