Inside SOTW Mag: The Man Behind the Curtain

No matter how it is you know Todd Taylor, one of the last words you would come up with to describe the easygoing, long-haired Lake Havasu City, Ariz., boater is “retired.” Yet the man who is best known as the owner of Jokers Wild Productions and the ace photographer for Speedboat magazine is just that—he retired from the Santa Monica Police Department in 2000.

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Todd Taylor has been hanging out of helicopters shooting performance boats for many years. Photo by Erick Bryner/Firedrill Productions

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Inside SOTW Mag: Everybody Won In Erie

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At the third annual Erie Poker Run, just making it back in one piece was a significant victory. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

While the Internet keyboard cowboys are still opining on how they would have handled the unruly three- to five-foot seas—with the odd six-footers and hellacious surprise holes in the water thrown in for good measure—better than those who actually did handle them in this year’s Erie Poker Run in Pennsylvania, here’s what those who participated, including one Apache driver with more than 2,000 hours of seat time in his 36-footer, know for sure: The water was vile and nasty.

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Inside SOTW Mag—Desert Storm Delivers The Goods

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Some of the finest go-fast powerboat hardware on the planet gathered on Lake Havasu for the West’s biggest annual event.

Between the nearly 6,500 linear feet of displays at its Thursday Street Party, which has managed to maintain its luster for more than a decade, and Friday’s poker run, the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., proved to be another well-attended event with a laundry list of highlights.

Topping that list are some obvious ones—the overall presence of DCB Performance Boats, Pirate Cove Resort and the run leading to it, the hot new Nordic Boats 43-foot cat with twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines, Friday morning’s poker run start parade, a newly repowered canopied Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SV 53 V-bottom, an over-the-top Washington-based 52-foot MTI and Wednesday’s Krusin’ 4 Kids charity rides, which parlayed into a welcome party at Horizon Motorsports that evening.

And like many events, there were some not-as-positive aspects, including the postponement and eventual cancellation of the top-speed shootout, which left a bad taste in some participants’ mouths as the event was pushed back a week this year with hopes for better weather. The new expanded Power in the Park festival venue at Windsor Beach received mixed reviews with the most negative aspect being its proximity to the Nautical Beachfront Resort.

To read the full feature, click the download link for the PDF of the May/June 2017 Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media. 

Inside SOTW Mag: Epic Center—Exploring MTI ‘s Trail-Blazing V-42

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Four years and 40 boats later, MTI’s high-styled V-42 console remains a hit with performance-minded center console buyers in search of something different. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Even in today’s sea of high-performance center consoles—and there are some stunners out there—no one will ever mistake Marine Technology, Inc.’s V-42 as anything other than an MTI. Like catamarans from the Wentzville, Mo., custom boat builder, the 42-footer boasts aggressive styling cues from top to bottom, not the least are MTI’s signature gunwale “hips” aft of the cockpit. Combine those hips with flowing hull and deck lines and a carbon fiber top that looks like something straight out of a modern art exhibit and you have a go-fast center console that’s not just hard to miss, but impossible to confuse with anything else.

But while MTI V-42 was introduced four years ago, the story of the boat begins five years before that with MTI founder/owner Randy Scism’s patented hull design for the decidedly deep-V-bottom boat, which features a 26-degree deadrise at transom.

“It took me five years to get the patent on the bottom,” said Scism. “I believe it works better than everything else in the performance center console market. It drives better, handles better and is more efficient.”

To read the full feature, click the download link for the PDF of the May/June 2017 Speed On The Water magazine, and please share any feedback with us below, via email or on social media. 

Inside SOTW Mag: Meet the Newest Enforcer

Between the Lake Havasu Boat Show in early April and the Desert Storm Poker Run in early May, the new Nordic Boats 43 Enforcer catamaran powered by a pair of turbocharged 1,350-hp Mercury Racing engines had to be the most photographed boat in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for a while there.

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Built smack dab in the middle of Lake Havasu City, the vibrant orange 43-foot cat with seating for six in its spacious cockpit is hard to miss. The first of two 43 Enforcers expected to hit the water this summer, the boat was purchased by Southern California performance boater Mike Smith, who owned a Nordic 35 Flame V-bottom with twin Mercury Racing 525EFI engines before.

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