MTI Enjoys West Coast Swing

It was only a few weeks ago when I was interviewing Randy Scism, the founder and owner of Marine Technology Inc., in Wentzville, Mo., about his first trip to the picturesque Colorado River-fed Lake Powell, which borders Arizona and Utah.

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The MTI presence at the Lake Powell Challenge in mid-September was almost as impressive as the scenery. Photo courtesy MTI

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Charity Rides Available on Bananas DCB and Dial 911 Skater at Rock the Docks

A few days ago I read a Facebook post from Dave Magoo about his involvement with charity rides during the upcoming Rock the Docks event in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Megugorac—that’s his real last name—was flattered that the team at DCB Performance Boats was going to pay for the gas during the charity rides he agreed to give during the inaugural event in two weeks (Oct. 20-21).

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Dave Megugorac is bringing Bananas, his 35-foot DCB, to the Rock the Docks event in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and he'll be giving rides to raise money for charity. Photo by Erick Bryner/Firedrill Productions

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Who Will Win In Key West?

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Is picking offshore racing world champions harder or easier than it looks? You’ll never know unless you try. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

For the past few years, I’ve offered predictions of who will win what at the annual Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla. If memory serves, I’ve been wrong a little more than I’ve been right but I’m not about to stop now. That’s part of the fun of being a bi-weekly columnist—twice a week, you get the public opportunity to look smart or stupid.

So here are my picks for the this year’s SBI World Champions in the five major classes:

•SuperboatPerformance Boat Center, because defending world champs Myrick Coil and John Tomlinson never seemed to miss a beat this season, regardless of water conditions, in their Skater 388 catamaran. Of course, I would not be surprised one bit to see the WHM Motorsports team of Billy Mauff and Jay Muller—a couple of cagey, talented and perennially motivated veterans—take them down. But I’m sticking with Performance Boat Center.

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The Key West Bash Is On

Six weeks from tomorrow, I, along with OffshoreOnly.com moderator Greg Harris, his girlfriend, Yvonne Aleman, and my partner at Speedonthewater.com, Matt Trulio, are going to be scrambling around Key West, Fla., as we prepare to host several hundred of our closest performance boating friends during the OSO/SOTW 2017 Key West Bash at the Sandbar Sports Grill on Greene Street from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Don’t miss the OSO/SOTW 2017 Key West Bash, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Sandbar Sports Grill in Key West, Fla.

Don’t miss the OSO/SOTW 2017 Key West Bash, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Sandbar Sports Grill in Key West, Fla.

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Commentary: Hope For A Strong Finish

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For offshore powerboat racing, the 2017 season could be the toughest in the history of the sport. And that presents an opportunity. Photo courtesy/copyright Speedonthewater.com.

If it weren’t the truth, no one would be able to believe the tragedy that’s befallen offshore powerboat racing this season. Two racers—David Raabe and Keith Holmes—died in accidents during events. Another competitor, Kyler Talbot, died from injuries sustained in a fall at his home in Bremerton, Wash.

Far less tragic but still indicative of hard times, Super Boat International dumped its Marathon, Fla., contest this year, though it wasn’t a great loss to race teams or fans, and went down to a four-race regular season. While the Offshore Powerboat Association added a race—the Bimini World Resorts Grand Prix—a high-seas forecast brought on by Hurricane Irma forced the organization to cancel its Maryland race for the second year in a row. And that was in addition to the two events cut short by the above-noted fatal incidents.

Of course, the woes of offshore racing this year didn’t confine themselves to domestic competition. Lacking a promoter, the Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 circuit didn’t even have a 2017 season, save for one race in Italy scheduled for the end of the month.

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