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I’ve been on hand for deliveries of new boats such as J.P. O’Donoghue’s Lickity Split, the over-the-top DCB Performance Boats M35 Widebody catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines, and Wired Up, the stellar 48-foot MTI cat with the same power owned by Oklahoma performance boater Jake Nossaman. I’ve also interviewed countless of owners after they took delivery of their dream boats—whether that was a new Cigarette, Hustler or Nor-Tech, or a pre-owned boat from the likes of Eliminator, Fountain or Sunsation that they hoped to make their own.

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The 2004 Skater 36 Classic Color Me Bad has a new home in Georgia under the care of dedicated performance boater Steve Freeman

Despite all that, I think I might have interviewed the happiest—or at least most deserving—new owner ever this week. Steve Freeman lives in Georgia with his lovely wife, Cyndi, who, by the way, loves going fast on the water just as much as he does, and his new boat is the well-known classic-deck 36-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran built in 2004 Color Me Bad.

Freeman, who is president of Performance Landscaping Inc., in Atlanta, has had a tough go of it lately. He started taking responsibility for the care of his elderly parents two years ago, and unfortunately on February 11 of this year he lost his father and hero—Richard Freeman, III, an accomplished civil litigation attorney and Naval Academy graduate (Class of 1958) who served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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