Young Senior Moment

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A high school varsity soccer player’s love for boating gave new meaning to a homecoming parade. Click image for full frame.

Being in the automotive parts and accessories business, Brian Buckminster of Siloam Springs, Ark., has access to a lot of cool cars. But when he asked his daughter, Brooklyn, a 17-year-old senior at Siloam Springs High School, what she’d like to ride in for last Friday evening’s homecoming game against local rival Van Buren High School, she opted for something different. She asked her father if she could ride in the family’s 1989 Cigarette Bullet sportboat.

And so, towed by a truck, the vintage 31-footer—restored to perfection by ace Cigarette restoration man Dustin Carter—carried Brooklyn Buckminster and senior football player Issac Knudsen in the parade.

“I have always been around boats with my family,” said Brooklyn Buckminster, who heads to Rogers State University in Oklahoma next fall on a soccer scholarship. “I thought, why not do something different? My dad works in cars and stuff. I told him I had this idea, and he thought it was really cool.”

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For Brooklyn Buckminster and Issac Knudsen, the thrill of moment was matched by the journey to it.

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Evolution Of A Sport Catamaran Buyer

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For a true go-fast powerboat owner, the need for speed never goes away. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

A well-known member of the New Jersey high-performance powerboating community, Bob Christie was sure he was done with go-fast catamarans when he sold Speed Racer, his equally well-known 44-foot Marine Technology cartoon-themed catamaran, several years ago. He thought that he and wife, Madelyn, with their three adult daughters and growing gaggle of grandchildren, were ready to slow down and go the performance-oriented center console route. So they ordered a new 38-footer from Statement Marine.

But soon enough, the Statement was gone, replaced by a pre-owned Cigarette Racing Team 42X V-bottom sportboat powered by Mercury Racing 1100s engines. The Christies hung onto the 42-footer for a couple of years and enjoyed owning it, but eventually felt the urge to return to a center console. This time around, they ordered a new Cigarette 39 GTS.

That, too, is gone now and Christie has ordered a new MTI 340X sport catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines.

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Summer 2017 Readers' Photo Album

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At the beginning of summer, we asked members of our Speedonthewater Facebook Friends group to post pictures from their weekend adventures. We collected those images after every weekend and they never failed to make us smile. You folks do know how to have a good time.

Below are weekend-by-weekend slideshows of those images. With Labor Day weekend in the books, the 2017 summer boating season is “officially” behind us. Of course, like you we know that some of the best boating of the year happens in fall.(Careful readers will notice that we had to leave out the June 30-July 1, Aug. 11-13 and Sept.1-4 for lack of significant response.) We hope these images—and you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a gallery of our favorites—remind you of the great times you had on the water this season, and inspire you to enjoy the next one.

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Casey & Rob’s Big Adventure

Even if first-year offshore racers Casey Boaz and Rob Unnerstall don’t prevail at the upcoming Super Boat International National Championships in Clearwater, Fla., or come home with a Superboat Stock-class title from SBI’s Key West Offshore World Championships in November, the owners of the CR Racing 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran are going to be extremely pleased following their rookie season.

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Casey and Jesse Boaz had fun running the WIA Marine Insurance-sponsored CR Racing outboard-powered 32-foot Doug Wright catamaran back home after Saturday’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. Photo courtesy Tristan Collins-Garvin

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Fathers And Sons On Course

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For Dennis and Jason Parvey and Jason and Johnny Saris, sharing the cockpit in powerboat racing has been a remarkable and treasured family experience. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Last weekend’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout top-speed competition in Central Missouri saw a stunning accomplishment from one of the best-known father-and-son teams in high-performance powerboating competition. In what would be the final run of their Shootout career, Dennis Parvey, a 66-year-old dentist from Minnesota, and his 30-year-old son, Jason, laid down a 161-mph run in their 18-year-old, 43-foot full-cabin Black Thunder V-bottom powered by a couple supercharged 2,000-plus-hp engines. That was enough to tie them with Factory Billet, a 51-foot carbon-fiber-epoxy canopied V-bottom built in 2008 and powered by turbocharged engines of similar power output.

As usual, Dennis Parvey drove, throttled and trimmed the open-cockpit boat. Jason Parvey reprised his role of keeping his father company on the long idle to the Shootout course, watching the gauges and hanging on for dear life. After their final run on Sunday, they announced their retirement.

“Our last run was our last run,” said Dennis Parvey.

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