When Jason Johnson, my co-publisher at speedonthewater.com, and I were planning this story last week, it wasn’t hard to find and agree on the 10 most important high-performance powerboating stories of the year. When you cover it every day, certain stories stick in your head, and when memory fails you can always go back to your own website. It’s kind of handy that way.
As Johnson wrote yesterday in Top 10 Stories of 2013: Part I, 2013 was the best year the go-fast industry has seen in a long time—since at least 2007. New-boat sales and new model introductions were up from the previous year, and while there’s still plenty of room for improvement that’s a big step in the right direction.
And as my friend and colleague also wrote, some of the news, especially the story that tops this list, was tragic.