Chain-O-Lakes Shootout Returning in August

Owners of high-performance catamarans and V-bottoms 23 feet and longer will get a chance to air out their rides at the Chain-O-Lakes Shootout on August 5. Organized by the Northern Illinois Offshore Club, the event is in its second year on Grass Lake.

The liquid-mile top-speed competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. Radar will be used to capture the speeds of the boats on the lake, which according to a press release/flyer from the organizers will be “no wake” during the competition.

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A favorite haunt for Northern Illinois powerboat enthusiasts, Blarney Island will be event headquarters for the 2017 Chain-O-Lakes Shootout.

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PBC Busy With Former WHM Raceboat Renovation, New Sunsation Model ‘Push’ And More

Campaigning the former 40-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran run by the WHM Motorsports team of Billy Mauff and Jay Muller, another team will join the ranks of Super Boat International’s Superboat class this season. The boat, which is owned by Tyler Miller of Kansas and will be dubbed M-CON for his underground utilities business, currently is undergoing a complete renovation/transformation at Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., which with Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast Sandwiches sponsored the 2016 World Champion Superboat-class team.

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Renfroe and Woodruff Out As Pirates of Lanier Poker Run Board Members

After several years of helping manage many aspects of the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Buford, Ga., two influential members of the board of directors for Lanier Partners of North Georgia—Beau Renfroe and John Woodruff—have opted to step down from their positions.

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Beau Renfroe (left) and John Woodruff won't be involved with this year's Pirates of Lanier Family Poker Run. Photo courtesy Beau Renfroe

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Jacksonville Rides Again

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One of the most laidback events of the high-performance boating year returns in June. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

That you just show up—rather than sign up—for the Jacksonville River Rally and Fun Run, set this year for June 8-10, says a lot about the character of the event. Of course, there are other mellow go-fast boat happenings in Florida that don’t require registration or an entry fee, such as the equally laidback Joey Gratton Memorial New Year’s Day Memorial Fun Run. But for its longtime participants, the Jacksonville event on the St. Johns River is, well, special.

Among those folks is Greg Harris. If you’re a frequent visitor to Offshoreonly.com, you know him as Cashbar, one of the site’s message board moderators. A residential real estate agent in the South Florida, Harris has attended the Jacksonville run since Bill Pyburn, Sr., a retired firefighter whose same-named son is well-known for owning and running the heck out of exquisite Skater catamarans, began organizing it. When the senior Pyburn stepped out of his role as the event’s primary organizer last year, Harris stepped in.

With a little help from Pyburn and Yvonne Aleman, Harris’ longtime girlfriend, Harris is reprising his role in Jacksonville this year. Despite “retiring” as organizer, Pyburn will be helping out—just as he did last year. And once again, they’ll be raising funds through the event for Camp Amigo, a summer program for children recovering from the emotional and physical scars of severe burn injuries.

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Mercury Marine Launching New Sales/Distribution Centers In Caribbean, Mexico And Central America

Mercury Marine is opening several new sales and distribution outlets in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Located in key markets throughout the region according to a press release from the Fond du Lac, Wis., marine engine and accessories company, the new stores will be exclusive Mercury Marine and Land ‘N’ Sea productsstores.

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Dyed Green River And Swanky Soiree Ahead For FPC Tampa Poker Run

Performance-boating enthusiasts headed for this weekend’s Florida Powerboat Club Tampa Bay Poker Run will experience a few firsts for the event, starting with its mid-March date. In previous years, FPC head Stu Jones scheduled the event, which currently has 43 registered boats, for April.

“I changed the date because I have been getting more pressure from club members who are down here for the winter and want more events to do with their boats,” said Jones. “In previous years, after the Miami Boat Show Poker Run we left March out of the picture and waited till April to run our Tampa Bay event. But the common thread among members here for the winter was they wanted more events. They spend a lot of money to be here for the season.

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FB Marine Group Snags PortMiami Patrol Boat Renovation Contract

FB Marine Group has been awarded a government contract to refurbish, refinish and repower two 28-foot coastal patrol boats for Miami-Dade County and PortMiami. The news was announced in a press release from the South Florida marine sales and full-service dealership, which has locations in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Aventura/Miami.

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