Inside SOTW Mag: Boyne’s Thunderous Applause

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For all the right reasons, the summer’s hottest poker run happens in Northern Michigan. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Consisting of three or four small square blocks on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, downtown Boyne City, Mich., is less than a mile south of the tiny A-frame home my girlfriend and I rented for a six days in early July. That made renting bicycles once we’d gathered essential provisions—self-lighting Kingsford mesquite charcoal, beer-drenched Johnsonville bratwurst, Tito’s “Handmade” vodka and a few other staples of life—a must for our stay.

We hit the Family Fare market Sunday evening, about an hour after we pulled into town, but the local bike store was closed. Road weary after the seven-hour drive from Chicago, we headed to Café Sante for dinner. It was a perfect, if slightly breezy, Northern Michigan evening.

The next morning, we walked to North Country Cycle Sport to rent bikes. Too polite to laugh in my face—you probably want to book your bike rentals before you arrive in a seasonal tourist town during the busy July 4 holiday week—the young store owner said he’d take a look downstairs to see what he had left. Before he vanished, I mentioned that I was in town to cover the upcoming Boyne Thunder Poker Run.

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

Live Now! SOTW Mag Packed with Summer Blockbuster Coverage, Mystic C4400 Cat and More

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Coming in at 94 photo-rich, entertaining pages, the July/August 2017 issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine is live now and can be downloaded at no charge by clicking here.

Here’s quick look at what you’ll find in this stunning issue.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Got You Covered

Constructed out of a personal necessity to keep his well-known Speed Racer-themed MTI catamaran clean upon arriving at offshore race sites around the country, the Marine Concepts travel cover has turned into a larger business than Missouri’s Randy Kent ever anticipated.

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In a matter of a few years and several patents later, Kent’s Marine Concepts in Osage Beach, Mo., has become the go-to travel cover company for many of the highest-end performance boats from the likes of MTI, Nor-Tech, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, Skater Powerboats and more. It’s also a leader in semipermanent modular track system covers for all types of boats ranging from pontoons and cruisers to offshore V-bottoms and runabouts.

Concepts travel cover to keep Speedy clean, then Randy Scism (the owner and founder of MTI) saw it and asked me to do a couple of them for Team Abu Dhabi’s Class 1 raceboats,” Kent said. “He told some more customers about it and it took off from there. We’ve done a bunch of MTIs—everything from Rusty Rahm’s Wake Effects canopied raceboat and Gino Gargiulo’s Lamborghini-themed 48-footer to the turbine-powered Aqua-Mania and Craig Hargreaves’ boats, both his 52 MTI Spooled Up and his new 44-foot DCB.”

To read the full story, 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: 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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