You’ve all heard the one about the two happiest days of a powerboat owner’s life, right? But for lifelong boat owners such as Joey Bryant of Deale, Md., the “first day, last day” punch line really doesn’t apply. That’s because, despite the inherent highs and lows of vessel ownership, they simply can’t see themselves without a boat. So they take the good and the bad in stride.
What’s 720 miles on the water in four days among friends? An unforgettable experience.
But it’s the good, of course, that keeps them coming back for more.
A 50-year-old automobile towing business owner, Bryant has done exactly that for much of his adult life. He’s owned everything from a Formula 400SS to a Cigarette 38’ Top Gun. But his most recent prize, a Mystic Powerboats M4200 center console he took delivery of in March, is far and away his favorite.
And with his good friends Steve Felix and Brian Clark, he began the ownership experience of his new 42-footer powered by triple Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines with a 720-mile shakedown cruise that started in Hilton Head, S.C., (Bryant has a second home in nearby Bluffton) and finished at his full-time residence in Deale on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.