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The Top 12 Stories of 2012: Part I


Looking back at the high-performance powerboat world in 2012, you could make a strong case for calling it “The Year of the Center Console.” Custom go-fast boat builders Cigarette Racing Team, Nor-Tech and Deep Impact each added at least one new center-console offering to their lineups in 2012 and several others, most notably MTI and Sunsation, had center consoles in development and will unveil them in February at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.

Yet when it came to big stories, 2012 offered a lot more than that well-covered topic for the go-fast powerboat market. Jason Johnson and I covered hundreds of stories in 2012. And it’s fair to say there was a lot of big news beyond center console fever.

What follows are my top six stories for 2012. Tomorrow, you’ll get Johnson’ s picks. One thing is certain: These lists will spark plenty of discussion and more than a little heated debate. That’s the nature of the beast with such lists, and what makes them so fun. So with no further adieu …

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