Remembering Hallett Boats Founder Nick Barron

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Always up for a good time, Nick Barron died peacefully with his family by his side last week. Photo courtesy Bob Brown/MediaDirection

Anyone who ever crossed paths with Nick Barron, the founder of the iconic Southern California boat company Hallett Boats, for sure has a story about the first time they met the man who took pride in bringing families together on the water. He was an impressionable person to say the least, and judging from the outpouring of support expressed toward his immediate family and his boating family since his passing on Thursday, March 2, following a setback in his battle with cancer, his impact was widespread.

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SBI Worlds Television Program Tribute Video Celebrates Robert ‘JR’ Noble

In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the passing Robert “JR” Noble, one of offshore powerboat racing’s greatest benefactors and ambassadors, Super Boat International is launching a tribute video today that honors the well-known, respected and beloved offshore racer. Produced by JM Associates, the three-minute video is one of several running in advance of the upcoming three-part NBC Sports television program chronicling the 2016 SBI Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla.

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A Perfect Introduction: Wake Effects Delivers MTI-V 42 in Florida Keys

For someone who lives in Kansas and boats most often at his home on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, late February doesn’t sound like a great time of year to take delivery of a boat you purchased on your hometown lake. But for Ray Medlock, the timing of his purchase of a new MTI-V 42 luxury performance center console from Wake Effects in Osage Beach, Mo., couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Ray Medlock was sure glad he purchased his MTI-V 42 with quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines just in time for the MTI Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Name On The Line

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Among the more recent repower projects for Grant’s Signature Racing was setting up Chris LaMorte’s 36-foot Skater catamaran with new Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Asked the secret of his success in the high-performance powerboat rigging game, Grant Bruggemann didn’t have to think long before offering a simple answer.

“The number one thing I try to do is under promise and over deliver,” said the 46-year-old owner and founder of Grant’s Signature Racing in Bradenton, Fla. “Make sure the client is happy, and make sure you deliver on time.

Bruggemann paused then laughed.

“And when people call, answer your phones,” he added. “Someone once told me, ‘The most important nut in the boat is every nut in the boat.’ That’s true. We do everything from full-blown raceboats to outboard fishing center consoles, and me make sure we do high-quality work—and we check behind our work. There are no cookie-cutter boats. Everything we do is totally custom.”

Among the more recent custom projects for Bruggemann was the dial-in of a Skater 478 V-bottom, which he had since winterized in advance of its return to the Skater plant in Douglas, Mich.

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