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.

Think about it for a moment. Earlier this month during Offshoreonly.com/Speedonthewater.com Key West Bash, you stepped up to help us raise more than $10,000—close to doubling last year’s amount—for Samuel’s House, a local nonprofit organization that serves homeless women and children. That might not seem like a lot of money, but for small outfits such as Samuel’s House it makes a big difference, much as New Jersey-based Shore Dreams For Kids—a day of powerboat rides, food and carnival fun makes a big difference in the lives of mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

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