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Sunsation’s Centered Salvation

By the numbers alone, the success of Sunsation Powerboats is impressive. Just three years after the Algonac, Mich., company introduced its 32 CCX performance center console, hull No. 60 is in the mold. According to Wayne Schaldenbrand, who owns the company with his brother, Joe, and partners Jared Morris and Kyle Miller, Sunsation currently builds one 32-footer—in addition to its 34-foot sibling—a week. And though it has taken a little longer than anyone involved imagined, a 39-footer is on the way.


With its 32 CCX a runaway hit and a 39-foot version coming this summer, life is good for the Schaldenbrand brothers and company.

“The interest in the 39 is almost overwhelming,” said Joe Schaldenbrand. “We have four or five solid commitments and at least five more potential buyers waiting to see the finished product. We should have the first one completed by June, and from there we plan to build one a month.”

But the bigger story of Sunsation—and most high-performance powerboat enthusiasts know it—is how center console production saved the company.

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