Random power boating is coming back and Brand X is leading the way. Part of the efforts Powerboat Nation has been proposing was to revitalize the local performance boating lifestyle and broadcast it across the world and since we have been slacking, Jason Ventura and his friends have picked up the slack. Recently they all went boating together and didn’t even really have to plan it.
Jason told us he had a customer call at the last minute and wanted to have his boat delivered to the 15th street ramp. Without hesitation they did a wash down threw fuel in the boat and delivered it to the boat ramp. When Jason told the owner he was going to splash his boat and do a run to on Saturday to Gilberts on Key Largo and asked if he was interested in going they quickly replied with an enthusiastic YES!
Jason posted on Face book that they were going and sure enough a couple of other people responded. Up early on Saturday they pulled the PowerBoat Nation Gladiator out of the Brand X storage shop for a quick wash and some props and then to the boat ramp where they met up with friends Marc and Michelin Gendron, who owns a big power, 42 MTI named Xclusive. Marc decided to leave the MTI at the dock and join as passengers in the Gladiator.
Leaving Hillsboro inlet they we nosed the 36 foot V into some nice 3-4 foot seas with a steady 10 MPH east wind, running south along the beach they met up with the Julie and Wayne Casey at the Port Everglades inlet in their 39 Cigarette with Mercury Racing 700’s. Both Cigarettes ran south to HaulOver inlet where they met up with Jeorge Arellano with his beautiful 35 Daves Custom Boat also powered with Mercury Racing 700s and continued south and finally caught up with Steve Di Marco in his super clean 44 Outerimits as they pulled under the Card Sound bridge. Minutes later they were all tied up at Gilberts with a table was full of food, beverages and great company. Then almost like it was planned Mark and Eileen Fisher of showed up.
After several hours of conversation they all loaded up and headed back north. By the time they left Haulover it was dark and with nav lights on they worked back north for a scenic Christmas Light tout of the waterfront homes in Fort Lauderdale
Getting back to boating is what makes the difference and we have to thank Jason and Celeste for leading the way back.
If anyone wants to have another get together contact Jason at brand X and he will be your tour guide in south Florida.