After unveiling its brand new 34-foot center console to rave reviews at the Miami International Boat Show, Sunsation Performance Boats is racing to get the second 34-footer finished for its new dealer, Lake Ozarks Marine, which joined the Sunsation family in Miami after representatives took a ride and sat in the monstrous cabin.
“We were very pleased with the overwhelming response to the new model in Miami,” said Wayne Schaldenbrand, who owns the Algonac, Mich., company with his brother, Joe, and spent the last 15 months building the boat. “We got a few deals out of being down there and we picked up a new dealer, which will help with sales. The guys at Lake Ozarks Marine seem like stand-up, down-to-earth people. They were all over the center cabin. It’s just so nice when you walk down there.
“There was some apprehension from people who saw how big the cabin was from pictures,” Schaldenbrand continued. “But once they got in it or saw pictures of the finished product, they were blown away. In one half of the 13-foot-long cabin we have 7 1/2 feet of headroom and the other half is almost 5 feet tall. You don’t realize it from the outside, but when you go down there it’s huge.”
Ed Champion, sales manager for Lake Ozarks Marine, said the overall user-friendly design of Sunsation’s 34 CCX (Center Cabin Xtreme) is an absolute selling point. He added that the second one, which will feature twin Mercury 300 Verado engines like the first, is scheduled to be finished in time for an in-water boat show at Dog Days on Lake of the Ozarks on April 19. From there he’ll be hauling it west for the Desert Storm Poker Run on Arizona’s Lake Havasu.
“The plan is to get the boat from Sunsation by the end of March, send it to Visual Imagination for paint and then get it over Waves and Wheels here on the lake for an outrageous entertainment system,” Champion said, adding that he’s looking forward to selling the entire Sunsation lineup. “We’re teaming up with Shadow-Caster again and loading the boat up with underwater LED lights and full cockpit lighting. The thing is going to glow red when we’re done with it.”
Schaldenbrand said the 34 CCX, which has a 10-foot beam and runs just north of 60 mph with the twin 300-hp engines, should be on display at the Desert Storm Street Party along with a few of the company’s other models. He said it has a starting price around $274,000. Check out the photos below for a closer look at the debut model in Miami.
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