The Match Game

It is kind of funny, but if you asked me this summer, last month, yesterday, tomorrow or next week what my favorite boat I came across this year was, I’d likely rattle off 10 to 15 boats in 60 seconds and the list would probably be different each time.

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Lickity Split's Toon, a 31-foot PlayCraft Boats pontoon, was built to match JP O'Donoghue's DCB M35 Widebody Lickity Split, hence the custom SportChassis pulling it. Photo courtesy Brad Kloepfer

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Commentary: Can Offshore Racing Survive Another Circuit?

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Yes or no, the schedules are crucial. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Next to, “Hey, can I get a free Speed On The Water T-shirt?” the question in the headline above was the one my partner Jason Johnson and I heard most during last month’s Super Boat International Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., during which the new Race World Offshore organization announced its 2018 event schedule at an informal press conference.

Based on covering the sport for 20-plus years, my answer was simple: If their race dates don’t conflict, there’s a chance. Beyond that, I make no predictions.

So let’s at least look at the schedules for the coming season.

Released yesterday, SBI’s 2018 event roster includes races May 18-20, July 20-22, Aug. 3-5, Sept. 28-30 and Nov. 4-11.

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Editor's Note: Since RWO race dates were first announced, the dates for its National Championships have been moved to Sept. 28-30, which does, in fact, overlap the dates for the SBI Nationals.

Checking In With Justin Wagner

Although we don’t get to catch up as often as we’d like to or used to because of schedules that seem to keep getting busier, Justin Wagner, the founder of Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach, Mo., and I try to stay in touch on a regular basis. Such was the case last Friday morning when Wagner called me just as I pulled up to the park to take my dog Uno for a walk.

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The variety of boats currently being worked on at Waves and Wheels is pretty impressive. Photo courtesy of Justin Wagner

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Don't Knock It!

Engine knock (aka “detonation”) is an undesirable phenomenon that occurs when a “left over” pocket of air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber ignites after the spark plug has already fired.

Engine knock (aka “detonation”) is an undesirable phenomenon that occurs when a “left over” pocket of air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber ignites after the spark plug has already fired.

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Thanks For Giving

Without the people involved, the high-performance powerboating world is mostly just fiberglass, resin and a whole of metal. Yeah, the boats are cool. But the people are cooler.

I couldn’t be more grateful for the privilege of covering your world. And I’m feeling particularly thankful—go figure—today.

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Performance-boating community members never fail to open their hearts—and their wallets—for worthy causes. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Shakey Images.

Here’s why: Year after year, you give back. Generosity is part of who you are and what the performance-boating community means.

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