I would like to personally thank all those who came to Miami and visited Mercury Racing – in our Convention Center booth, at our customers’ displays, or on the water at Sea Isle Marina. From what you’ve told me, you like our new 1100 package. Me too.
Thanks to the press folks who attended my introduction of the 1100. I didn’t get enough time with Greg Terzian (screamandfly.com), Jason Johnson (Powerboat Magazine); Bobbye Kenyon or my “Mad” old gizwiz friend, Dick DeBartolo. That’s boat shows for you. Tank, were you in the audience? I was looking forward to getting a recap of your time in John Woodruff’s MTI. Guess I’ll re-read your blog. In absencia, I did spend some off-hour email time with Matt Trulio (speedonthewater.com, boatermouth.com, boat.com and Powerboat Magazine). Spreading the news would be difficult without you!
Big thumbs up to those boat builders and their customers who made a special effort to showcase Mercury Racing propulsion: Cigarette, Dave’s Custom Boats, Formula, Fountain, Marine Technology, Nor-Tech, Spectre, and Sunsation. Bob Bull, I sincerely appreciate your allowing MTI and Mercury Racing to demo your magnificent 48 Race/Pleasure cat for customers and press. (144 mph is as fast as I have been in a pleasure boat – and I bet there’s 40 left! Randy was pretty conservative with your equipment.) Thank you all.
Several high performance dealers went out of their way to help, too: Phil Lipschutz, Lip-Ship Performance, Miami FL; Marty Signorelli, Diamond Marine, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jonny Tomlinson, TNT Marine, Miami FL; and David Woods, Pier 57, Pickwick TN. Thanks fellas!
While I attended (and Mercury Racing sponsored) the OSO party on Friday, it was difficult to meet many of you. There were no name tags, few logo shirts, and it was very dark. If you were there and I missed you, sorry. I did my best.
A special call out to Stu Jones and the Florida Powerboat Club for another fantastic event. Woodsy tried to hurt me with a liquid fist, but I side-stepped the pesky rascal. Ha, ha! (OK, he got me. But it only hurt for a day!)
And to the unknown SOB who passed me the cold and flu, I would like to take you water skiing in the rooster tail of DCB’s M31. Or maybe “down under” — where the Aussies will soon be ski racing with single, 1350 powered, 21 foot boats. (More on that when I get pictures to share.)