Let’s hear it for my partner in crime at Speedonthewater.com and my fellow OffshoreOnly.com columnist, Matt Trulio. Without Trulio’s foresight more than a decade ago, I don’t know where my career path would have taken me. Even more so, I’m not sure where performance boat enthusiasts would turn for their industry news.
These two industry legends—world champion racer and boat builder Reggie Fountain (left) and journalist Matt Trulio—have crossed paths many times over Trulio’s career with Powerboat magazine, Boats.com and Speedonthewater.com, the company he founded in 2009. Photo by Jason Johnson
Today just so happens to be the 10th anniversary of the day Trulio set up the first article in the Speedonthewater.com content management system—About Speed on the Water. The rest, as they say, is history. Just about a year later, by the end of 2010, Trulio had published more than 250 stories, including several articles on the departure of Reggie Fountain from the legendary company he founded, not to mention highlights from the 17th and 18th annual Key West Poker Runs, the debut of Nor-Tech’s first center console, the news that Cigarette Racing Team would be collaborating with Mercedes-AMG, and the unveiling of Mercury Racing’s turbocharged 1,350-hp engine platform and its M8 drive.
By the end of 2011, he had added another 300-plus stories and, in early 2012, I partnered with Trulio in attempt to take the website to the next level. That we did, and by we, I mean Trulio with me hanging on his coattails, trying to keep up. By the end of 2012, we had added close to 500 more stories, and now, this article is No. 6,433. That’s a whole lot of words about a sport we were both introduced to through Powerboat magazine.
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