Reggie Fountain In Key West: On the Kilo Boat, 100-MPH Cruiser and More

Reggie Fountain, the founder of the legendary high-performance powerboat company in Washington, N.C., that bears his name, is at an age—and accomplished enough—where he has nothing left to prove. And yet at 77 years old, the endlessly charismatic industry great has the energy and enthusiasm for the go-fast boating world of a man half his age.

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Reggie Fountain (with fiance Linda Foreman today in Key West) remains as charming—and ambitious—as ever.

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Flair for the Whole Family

This is just a guess, but chances are the new Deep Impact Boats 399 performance center console owned by Michigan boaters Dave and Lorie Postill is going to be the most head-turning boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which starts today (Nov. 1) and runs through Sunday.

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The new Deep Impact Boats 399 features a one-of-a-kind paintjob by The Art of Design.

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Kap Called It

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More than six years ago, a sharp Southern California-based powerboat enthusiast saw today’s sport catamaran craze coming. Phot courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Still writing for Powerboat magazine in 2011, I got a call one fine fall day from an avid and energetic reader named John Caparell. A lawyer and restaurant owner by trade, the San Diego-based high-performance powerboat enthusiast had a few hundred questions about one of my stories. I don’t remember how long we spoke, but I do recall being exhausted by the time I got off the phone.

Caparell—“Kap” to his friends—is as smart as he is relentless. He’s an excellent debater with a finely tuned B.S. meter. In fact, and I think I can say this now because in the interest of full disclosure we’ve become good friends, I believe he likes to argue. And why not? He’s damn good at it.

Anyway, near the end of that conversation, Caparell told me about a “secret project” he was working on, one that was going to “change everything.” In subsequent discussions with him, I learned that his secret project was a 32-foot Doug Wright open-cockpit catamaran with twin Mercury 300XS outboard engines.

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Girl Power On The Water

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An eighth grade honor student, Amanda Todd is perfectly at home behind the wheel of her father’s high-performance V-bottom. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

In the single-engine go-fast V-bottom world, models don’t get much more significant than a 2001 Superboat 30 YTK with a supercharged 850-hp Richie Zul powerplant. A longtime powerboat owner who lives in Ringwood, N.J., Kendall Todd knows that, which is why he’s taken his time teaching Amanda, his 13-year-old daughter, to drive the 30-footer he bought in 2004. She started on her father’s lap when she was five years old. By the time she was 10 years old, she could handle the boat herself.

Of course, Amanda can handle more than the boat—she can handle herself. At age nine she earned her black belt in karate.

Last weekend, she drove the V-bottom in her first organized event, the Hudson River Fall Fun Run in New York.

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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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