Active Thunder Rolling Into 2014

Despite that he saw other high-performance powerboat builders surviving and even thriving by offering center-console models during the past few years, Patrick Haughey, the owner of Active Thunder Boats in Pompano Beach, Fla., was never tempted to take his company in that direction. Not for one moment, not if hell froze over (and it just…

21st Key West Poker Run Starts Today!

FLORIDA POWERBOAT CLUB members attending the Key West Poker Run may be a little anxious about the 20 mph winds on Tuesday, as the boats gather at SeaIsle Marina in Miami to stage for the Wednesday departure. But STU JONES, FPC president and event coordinator assures participants that while it is natural to have these…

FPC SUMMER POKER RUN TOUR WRAPS UP

It was a whirlwind tour to say the least, and it reminded me of the days long ago, when I would load up the FPC trailer with the Harley, club magazines and poker run videos, to tour around many states for weeks at a time, visiting our club members attending poker runs in their homebased…

Go-Fast Boats Events of the Season: Five Summer Stunners

Not-to-miss high performance happenings are coming to a waterway near you. In Arizona, California, and Florida, three of the hottest states in the nation for high-performance powerboating, you can take to the water year-round. Of course, that doesn’t mean you won’t have to brave a few frosty mornings—I’ve scraped ice of the deck of a…

POWERBOATING IN PARADISE TV WELCOMES NEW ADVERTISERS!

FROM: STU JONES, President- Florida Powerboat Club Dated: May 24.2013 We are most pleased to announce to our FPC members, TV viewers, marine trade and tourism partners, that Powerboating in Paradise TV is back on the air with another exciting series of half hour TV episodes, produced in full HD, and featuring all the highlights…

HELICOPTER CRASH IS TRAGIC NEWS FOR FPC FAMILY

THURSDAY APRIL 4TH, 2013 From Stu Jones: Florida Powerboat Club President. It is with great pain and utter sorrow, that I bring this tragic news to our extended Florida Powerboat Club family.  Helicopter owner-pilot Mark Palmieri lost his life late Wednesday in a horrific crash of his Robinson R44, one of four helicopters owned by…

FORT MYERS POKER RUN MAKES A BIG SPRING SPLASH!

Since Spring of 2010, three years had passed since FPC had staged a poker run event in the Fort Myers Beach/Cape Coral area, and it was a long-awaited return to this beautiful part of the Sunshine State. Abundant cruising options in scenic protected waters has always made this area an ideal destination for all boaters,…

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations to the Miami Boat Show Poker Run Winners! First Place: Wayne and Julie Casey. Second Place: Brian and Tammy Farley. Third Place: Matt Powers. Enjoy your prizes. And congratulations to all the participants of the Miami Boat Show Poker Run who had a great weekend in the Florida Keys and kept a clean safety…

Anatomy of a Debut: Inside the Formula 353 and Ilmor 570 Project

It’s no accident that Ilmor Marine chose a Formula Boats 353 FAS3Tech sportboat to showcase its first two production MV8 570 engines during the Miami International Boat Show this week. That a heavy—we’re talking 9,600 pounds—35-foot stepped V-bottom is the debut platform for the lightweight—we’re talking 830 pounds each without the IMCO Marine drives—570-hp engines makes perfect…

The Highs and Lows From 2012: Scott Sjogren

In the decidedly challenging economy of 2012, Pier 57 Marine in Gurnee, Ill., had its best sales year, ever. That’s the word from the company’s owner, Scott Sjogren. In early 2012, Pier 57 Marine merged with Shogren Performance Marine, dropped the Shogren moniker and moved operations to Illinois. At the beginning of this week, the…