What a couple of weeks! For me, the Miami Show is about the best activity one can still call work. We rolled out Racing’s new, 8.7 liter, digital throttle and shift, 565 hp propulsion package. That gave me plenty of excuses to hang out with customers of Mercury, Cigarette, Dave’s Custom Boats, Formula and Nor-Tech.
What better way to cap off a successful Miami International Boat Show than a poker run with Stu Jones and his Florida Powerboat Club to Islamorada? That’s some great folks with whom to share time!
I split my five show days about evenly between the Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina. At Sea Isle, I was educating show goers on the benefits of DTS and torque – mostly on Nor-Tech’s new 420 Monte Carlo (That’s a perfect boat for the 565!), but also on Skater Nation’s 44 (a real hot rod with 1350s). Nils Johnson of Nor-Tech says the twin 565 Mercs get fuel economy as good as the Yanmar diesels in their first Monte Carlo, but at a much better price. Nor-Tech has made the 565 the standard package. Further, I helped with Verado demos aboard Deep Impact’s Monster Energy sponsored fishing boat as well as Donzi’s center console. Hey, somebody’s got to pull the tough duty.
Indoors, Cigarette unveiled dual 565s in their updated 38 foot 90+ mph Top Gun. Twin 1350s found a home in a beautiful AMG Black Series inspired 50 Marauder. They showcased five Verado 350SCi’s and four 300’s on two new Huntress party platforms. The list goes on. Impressive display.
Taking center stage at MTI was the incredible Phantom themed 48 catamaran. Interior detail is beyond imagination. As usual, every MTI looked spectacular – and will run that way, as all were Mercury Racing powered.
Dave’s Custom Boats display was dressed totally in Mercury Racing Blue – boats and engines – one could not help being impressed. (Only bright orange CAD renderings of DCB’s upcomming 41 cat accented the theme.) The free-standing Mercury Racing 565 engine/drive display felt right at home as the standard base engine for all DCBs.
The best thing I can call work? Going on a well produced poker run – especially when you get to run with Derek Wachob, his delightful family and friends aboard his brand new Cigarette Huntress. Derek took delivery on Wednesday after the show and invited me along for its initial poker run. More on that run in my next blog.