When Jeff Ziemer reached out via email many weeks ago about attending the late-August Speedonthewater.com Center Console Roundup in Lake Ozark, Mo., with the new 35-foot Norwegian-built boat he and his business partners were bringing to the U.S., it was quite apparent that he couldn’t wait for people to experience the first Draken Marine 35 SS during the 31st annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
Andree Bakkegaard and Robert Siviter drove the new Draken Marine 35 SS with triple Mercury Racing 450R engines up to 93 mph on Sunday at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Sunrise Beach, Mo. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
While his enthusiasm—or rather his energy level after what turned out to be an extremely long week—wasn’t as high as it would have been had everything gone according to plan, Ziemer was still excited to present the “fresh off the boat” 35-footer to the Speedonthewater.com team on Saturday afternoon from the docks at Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill. Along with introducing us to his partners, Andree Bakkegaard, Robert Siviter and Tov Vestgaarden, Ziemer walked us through the luxury high-performance center console powered by triple Mercury Racing 450R engines.
Based on Bakkegaard’s Predator Luxury Performance Boats hull design, which features a 24-degree deadrise with three small steps, a large notched transom and a pad, the first 35 SS is a fully vacuum-bagged layup with no wood anywhere. Well, except for its stylish teak floors. To complement the rest of the its elegant feel, Draken Marine chose the “roadster” look, which meant the boat didn’t have its optional T-top.
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