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From The Helm

We were about thirty-five miles offshore from Miami, returning from the Bahamas this summer and the seas were getting sloppy. We were the only boat out here, having stayed behind five hours before to assist a customer with a mechanical issue.

Mark LaPrade Thunder Marine

FALL2006

Four Winns 318 Vista

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Dock & Dine

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Pirates of the Caribbean

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Fall Adventures Cruises

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New for ‘07 Baja 26

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Clever Boat Bar

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New Silverton 33

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Riviera Yacht Debut

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Hydra-Sports 2200VX

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“50’ Sportfish off our port bow, identify yourself, this is United State Coast Guard Cutter Gannet,” an authoritative voice boomed over the VHF. “Where in the world did they come from?,” we all wondered aloud. Long story short, we were boarded, the vessel inspected, our passports scanned and verified. The whole process took another 90 minutes, but we were polite and the “Coasties” couldn’t have been nicer and more professional. One even looked like a young Tom Cruise and the ladies, tongues firmly planted in cheek, suggested that if pat downs were required, they would be the first to volunteer. Based on what we observed, we surmise the Coast Guard was training a new recruit on proper boarding techniques during this age of heightened homeland security. And I’m glad they are there doing their part so the rest of us can enjoy the freedom to travel. The boardings, long lines at airport security, and now the requirement that you need a passport to travel to the Bahamas reminds me of a business lesson: The pain of change is the price of progress. I’ve been using that principle as we undertake a monumental step forward. This summer we welcomed Four Winns and Riviera Yachts to our product mix, while at the same time discontinued carrying Bayliner, Trophy and Maxum. Let me assure boaters who own these U.S. Marine brands, you are still valued Thunder Marine customers. We will continue to service your boats and welcome you on Adventures cruises. Most boaters get the urge to trade into a bigger or newer boat after a few years. That’s why we have taken on these new lines. They offer a broader range of superior quality and value and at a price that is below the over-inflated values of competing brands.

Adventures is published four times a year for Thunder Marine by Wendt Productions, Inc. Opinions expressed in this magazine are not to be considered official expressions of Thunder Marine or Wendt Productions. Reproduction in part or whole of any text, photograph, or illustration without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Copyright ©2006 Wendt Productions, Inc. www.wendtproductions.com www.thundermarine.com

Riviera is made in Australia. Peter Clark, Thunder Marine’s Yacht Manager and I flew “down under” to the factory this summer. This is the Disney World of boat manufacturing plants. I believe it may be one of the finest yacht manufacturing plants in the world. Riviera is number one in Australia, very strong in Europe and will easily be compared to Vikings and Bertrams here in the States. When you factor in the extremely favorable exchange rate, even after overseas shipping, Riviera still has a price advantage for a product that is superior. Please accept my personal invitation to see these yachts, along with the exciting new Four Winns cruisers now on display at our marina and showroom in St. Petersburg.


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Funship

Egmont Key is no more than 15 minutes from Ft. DeSoto Park, but unless you have a boat, you can’t get there. This barrier island, complete with lighthouse and crumbling concrete fortresses that once protected Tampa Bay from invaders that never came, is a popular destination for boaters looking for a somewhat private beach escape without tourists and t-shirt hawkers. Most mornings, the Gulf waters are pretty calm, but once the seabreeze kicks in and the larger yachts kick up a three to four foot wake, you better have a boat that can handle the ride home.

Four Winns 224 Funship offers high sides for a safe, dry ride and plenty of room on board for families and friends. Storage is impressive; under the seats, in the transom locker, even an insulated ice cooler is built-in. Whether you stern in or anchor bow first, concealed ladders are where you need them. Ditto on the forward and aft shower wands to knock off the saltwater. You can add an enclosed head with porta-potti, something you’ll need at Egmont where there are no public facilities. Of course Egmont Key is just one of the many fun destinations you’ll take this Four Winns. Perfect for a weekend on the St. Johns River, or a week in the Florida Keys, this Funship comes with a tandem trailer and the promise of week-afterweek Adventures.

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ADVENTURES CRUISE

Holiday

DECEMBER 1-3

LUMINARY

If you ever wondered what happens when holiday lighting runs amok, then we have the perfect Adventures cruise for you. Steeped in tradition, sparkling with color, you’re invited to join Thunder Marine at Tampa’s Waterside Marriott for our annual Luminary and Boat Decorating Contest.

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some serious electrical animations. Regardless of the effort or budget, or for that matter, boat size, Santa will have prizes aboard the Thunder sled, including a cash purse of $1,000.

Many boaters look forward to this cruise as a way to kick off the Holiday Season in true Florida fashion. Arrive with the group or at your leisure on Friday and get a head start on decorating.

One thing is for sure, the residents of Harbor Island and hotel guests will be in for a treat. Speaking of treats, in addition to our Friday night docktails party, we’re arranging for a private dinner on Saturday. Leave the ties at home that play Jingle Bells – this bunch of boaters is not that formal.

Over the years, we’ve seen everything from simply wrapping the VHF antenna to look like a candy cane and lights on bow rails to

Slips will go fast for this cruise. As always you can register online at www.thundermarine.com.

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Enjoy That New Boat

New customers probably don’t see the transformation. For the past three years, Thunder Marine has systematically focused on improving the boating experience. From the premium brands of boats we represent, professionally organized customer cruising events, award winning service, to an easy to navigate website, the improvements are many.

Now we’re pleased to announce the promotion of Al Kirschbaum to Vice President of Customer Relations. For the last year, Al managed one of our store locations. This is actually his second time around with Thunder Marine, after a few years off in a similar customer service capacity in the auto industry. “The message to our employees and to our customers is this,” Al states with emphasis. “There is never a problem, only a phone call. Your job is to enjoy your new boat. Our pleasure is to be sure you do.”

For years, boating as an industry was lagging behind the auto industry in terms of being responsive to customers. No more. Thunder Marine has taken a leadership position with both manufacturers and dealers nationwide in changing that image. Boats are better. They are more reliable. Yet, because they are complex pieces of machinery subjected to harsh saltwater environments, they do need service and parts will wear out. That’s where an exceptional service experience makes the difference. Thunder Marine has won awards two years in a row from Luhrs for having the highest CSI scores in the nation.

Got a problem or a concern? Call Al 727.381.4444. Thunder Marine will earn your business.

“Our goal is to become #1 Customer Satisfaction Index dealer in the nation!” – Al Kirschbaum, V.P. Customer Relations

Oktoberfest & Halloween We’re looking for a robust, or at least thirsty, Thunder Marine boater to play an important role during our October cruise to Sarasota’s Cay Club. You see, in Germany, Oktoberfest celebrations begin as the clock of St. Paul’s church in Munich strikes 12 Noon. The Burgermeister enters one of the beer tents and taps the cask and quaffs the first stein during a 12 cannon salute. So we figured that after the short run to Sarasota, with all the boats safely docked, we might have to tap a keg dockside and salute this time-honored tradition.

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Another key celebration in October is Halloween. The weekend won’t go by without a festive themed party that includes a haunted harbor for ghouls of all ages. Sound like fun? We invite you to sign up today online at www.thundermarine.com. Sarasota Cay Club Resort & Marina, on N. Tamiami Trail, is part of a growing collection of marina & condo properties around Florida, the Bahamas, even Las Vegas. This marina includes a heated pool, tiki bar, and restaurant on site and for those desiring land-based accommodations, hotel rooms. Just a few blocks away is the Ringling Art Museum and one of the most stunning estate homes on Sarasota Bay, Ca d’Zan, home of John and Mable Ringling. Spend Saturday touring the art museum, gardens and the home. We invite you to join the fun and social opportunities of a Thunder Marine Adventure cruise.

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A Showpiece of

Sophistication

Remember when you got serious about dating? Did you have a list of 50 or 100 criteria this special someone would need to have before you’d walk down the aisle? Then you met the love of your life, and Poof! Forget the list, strike up the band, next thing you know there is a ring on your left hand. Game over. Selecting a boat often begins the same way. You have a list, and it better include meeting the in-laws, or in this case the dealer, because we all know what happened when we tossed out that first list!

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Here at Thunder Marine, we’re so excited about our new marriage with Four Winns and we think you will be too. Love at first sight is entirely possible when you step aboard Four Winns 318 Vista. This cruiser is 33’ in length, has a very stable, wide 10’9” beam and comes loaded with amenities that make living aboard on weekends better than any condo you can imagine. Your friends will gladly accept invitations for sunset cocktails in the marina. In close proximity to all the cockpit seating, there’s a cleverly designed refreshment center with sink and icemaker. For the serious hostess, the galley below in the air-conditioned cabin includes a microwave, stove, refrigerator and generous counter space.

Best of all, the price is thousands less than competitive brands. Make sure you put Four Winns on the comparative shopping list. Better yet, come spend some time on board. Let Thunder Marine be the matchmaker for the love of your life.

At night, you’ll sleep comfortably in the owner’s suite, while guests, should you choose to have them aboard, have their own beds. Empty nesters or those still raising a family will find the 318 Vista a fantastic cruiser. THUNDERMARINEADVENTURES

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Volvo IPS Makes Docking Easy

Loran was step one. Then GPS took away all excuses to understanding navigation. Volvo Penta is about to do the same for docking your boat. This fall, Thunder Marine is demonstrating the new Volvo Penta IPS system aboard a 378 Four Winns. A year ago, every boating magazine covered the debut of this fresh-thinking approach to propulsion. But until now, few boats were in production with the engines. First, allow us to explain what IPS (Inboard Performance System) does. Picture a traditional stern drive. Now turn those drives 180˚, and rather than mount the drives off the transom, you move them forward under the hull just a bit. That’s a first glance, but IPS is so much more. More speed, better fuel efficiency and precise, predictable control. Counter rotating propellers pull your boat on plane in record time compared to traditional shaft driven vessels where thrust is angled downward. Volvo IPS boasts a 15% faster acceleration. Propulsion forces, vibrations and sounds are dampened by a combination of rubber mounting and sealing. Diesel exhaust comes out underwater and far back of the boat, which removes any smoke and additional noise.

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Now the real coup! Our Four Winns sport yacht is equipped with Volvo Penta’s new IPS joystick. Approach a dock and simply move the joystick in the direction you want the boat to go. A computer calculates where to position both of the IPS engines. So whether the wind or a tide is working against you, the boat still goes into a slip or along a seawall, no matter how tight docking conditions are. We’ll be happy to demonstrate Volvo Penta’s revolutionary approach to boat handling and propulsion throughout the Fall here at our Bay Pines marina. Look for demos at area boat shows too. In just a few minutes of practice you’ll realize that the IPS joystick takes away the fear of docking and makes you look like a pro.

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Dock & Dine

Along the ICW – Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach & Cortez

When you think about Italian cooking, tomatoes instantly come to mind. No visit to Switzerland is complete without a hot chocolate. And then, there is the ubiquitous bean. What do all three have in common? These and other foods we take for granted were completely unknown in Europe before the voyages of Christopher Columbus and other early explorers. With each visit to the New World, they brought these “exotic” foods back to Europe, where they eventually revolutionized eating habits. Now it’s time for the Adventurer in you to go beyond the Skyway Bridge, brave Tampa Bay and discover Dock and Dining opportunities along the waterfront in Manatee County

Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant - 941.726.8311 The reward for tricky docking is good food. Famous for their grouper sandwiches, chowder and gumbo lobster bisque. Buffett-style music Thursday-Sunday. Rotten Ralph’s Bar & Restaurant - 941.778.3953 Turn at Marker 1, located at the Anna Maria Yacht Basin. Ralph earned his nickname as Lions Club treasurer. The first order for business was collection of past dues money. Fish & Chips all you can eat every day. Bradenton Beach House Restaurant - 941.779.2222 Southwest end of the Cortez Bridge. No slips. Beach your boat or anchor off and dinghy in. Slips available at marina next door. Seafood, steaks and black grouper available.

Along the Manatee River

Cortez Seafood Shack – 941.794.1235 A must stop for first-time boaters.

Twin Dolphin Marina Grill - 941.748.8087 Marker 22 on the Manatee

Located north of the Cortez Bridge on the mainland side, kids get a kick

River. Adjacent to the Twin Dolphin Marina, tie up at the restaurant

out of seeing the paddle wheel showboat that docks here. Seafood,

courtesy dock. Upscale menu includes a variety of steak and seafood.

steak, chicken and kids menu.

Patio bar is casual dress. Moore’s Stone Crab – 941.383.1748 Between mile marker 39 and 40 Riverside Café Waterfront Deck - 941.729.6021 Marker 19, opposite

on the island side, this is a must visit during Stone Crab season from

side of the river from Twin Dolphin, Riverside Café is part of the Regatta

October to April. Large dock for tie-ups, family owned business since

Pointe Marina. Known for its Greek, Italian and American cuisine and

1967. Fabulous seafood.

specializing in delicious seafood entrees. Mar Vista – 941.383.2391 Nearby to Moore’s, ten slips are available. Mangrove Bar & Grill - 941.723.2556 Just east of downtown and on the

Built in 1912 as a fishing village, boaters come and dine under trees,

north shore at Red Marker 24a, Mangrove’s is located in the beautiful

and enjoy the outdoor deck. Reminiscent to Cabbage Key. Dockside

Riviera Dunes Marina. Serving Ahi tuna steak, fresh fish and hamburgers.

service to your boat. Fresh Florida seafood, steaks, pasta, chicken,

Gorgeous patio and large deck on the marina with live entertainment

salads and lots of sandwiches.

nightly. Radio the dockmaster for a courtesy slip.

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Pirates of the


Caribbean Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were already off Grand Bahama Island by the time the Thunder Marine 32-boat navy arrived in June, but they left behind plenty of eye candy for fans of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest.

With cameras poised, the Thunder fleet cruised along a secluded canal to a secret location where the highly detailed ghost ship used in filming was anchored. Just weeks before the cast and crew had completed most of the location filming for the 3rd installment of the record breaking movie series, due out next summer.

Among other highlights of this 10-day Bahamian Adventures – snorkeling at our own private out island, cocktail parties, a beach bash and bonfire, fresh tuna dockside and a wild ride across a less than ideal Atlantic. From trailered boats to blue water yachts, along with their stalwart crews, all graduated with flying colors to the designation of international yachtsman!

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BAHAMAS

SANIBELBAJA

Upcoming Events September 30 St. Johns River October 20-22

Halloween Cruise to Sarasota

December 1-3 Luminary Cruise Tampa Marriott Thunder Marine Adventure cruises are open to boaters who purchased their boat, new or pre-owned through Thunder Marine. Our professional cruise planners handle all marina reservations and schedule fun events. Register online at

www.thundermarine.com

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Click on the Adventure Crew logo From Pierre the Pirate to raiding the Thunder Marine Treasure Chest, more than 600 guests attended this year’s annual customer appreciation raft-up.

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2 6 You’re probably wondering about the desert background in this collection of 26 Baja Outlaw photos. Where exactly is that in Florida? Forget MapQuest. Scenes like this, you’ll only find in the State of Relaxation.

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On your home waters, picture yourself cruising the beaches, sliding into the Pub or Gators for nourishment, or thanks to the roomy layout below, anchoring out at Three Rooker Bar and partying all night with your friends. And just in case these pictures spurred your urge for travel, the 26 Outlaw comes with a custom matching trailer. Road trip anyone?

Actually, we needed the stark, rugged background to contrast the brilliant paint scheme and precision rounded fiberglass molding of the faster 26 Outlaw, new for 2007. Monster MerCruiser power options join Livorsi controls for the ultimate in power and handling. A typical day for Baja owners in this venue starts before daybreak. Glass like conditions beckon wakeboarders and tubers. The 26 Outlaw planes in under 6 seconds and holds plane at a mere 17 mph. By mid-morning, a light chop signals an end to water toys and the start of poker runs. Here’s where all the wind tunnel testing Baja conducts at the University of Michigan pays off. The straight V-bottom and extra strakes that reduce drag let you easily achieve speeds in excess of 60 mph.

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SIDEBAR

with the

Connoisseur

Wwwirreee….the high pitched wind up and whirl of ice being pulverized in a blender is to a boater what the bell was to Pavlov’s dog. Dockside conversations pause, heads turn in the direction of the blender which generally is followed by a friendly invitation – “Frozen margarita, anyone?” Infectious laughter spilled off the upper deck of a 43 Silverton Motor Yacht tied up in the Bahamas. Carl and Jan Bethmann and their two adult children were anxious to crank up the dockside party during the sunset cocktail hour, and Carl had a new toy to share. Flush mounted just above the wetbar was a nifty beverage dispenser called the Super Sidebar. At the push of a button, it dispenses a predetermined shot of your favorite adult beverage. Separate pumps prevent cross contamination of the five lines, which were cleverly hidden beneath a seat on the bridge. Inside, Carl had crafted a place to store either the .750-liter or handle shaped bottles. “It took me about 15 minutes to drill two small holes and hook up the two wires to the boat’s electrical system,” Carl said as he demonstrated the 12 volt system. “This eliminates bottles flying

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around in rough seas or if you’re anchored. We didn’t want broken glass and a mess and the Sidebar solved that problem.” By the way, this works in RV’s, limos, and is even FAA certified for private jets. For those interested, the website is www.supersidebarfl.com. Moving to a dockside grill where Carl became the official purveyor of tuna brought in moments before by Team Hydra-Sports, he couldn’t help but smile as his son and daughter took over bartending duties. “Both of them have their own boats, a ski boat and fishing boat. They literally grew up on the water. Jan and I hooked up their car seats on the boat when they were just infants and they would rock to sleep. We started out with an 18’ runabout and the present Connoisseur is nearly 47’ long.” Jan has recently retired from full-time teaching so they can enjoy more time on the water together. “We like the ability to go out on our own. It’s the serenity of sitting there at anchor and watching the sunset and having a glass of wine.” Carl adds that the boating community is so different from being on the street. “No one waves to you from a car, but here on the water, everyone waves. If someone is broken down, everyone helps. We have met some tremendous people on the Adventures cruises like the Bahamas, and these friendships are growing. Even the kids met boaters closer to their age and now they’re boating together on weekends.”

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SILVERTON 3 3 C o n v e r t i b l e

Silverton knows how to maximize space and give yachters tremendous value. The newest addition to the Silverton line is a two-stateroom 33 convertible that delivers on the brand’s promise. Gas powered, with twin Crusader engines and a 208-gallon fuel tank, translates into some long distance cruising, all at a price that allows owners of other boats to step up into a Silverton. Inside genuine cherry wood interiors offer a rich, warm feeling of comfort, ideal for relaxing and unwinding on weekends. A wet head, a well equipped main-level galley and room to sleep six excites the mind to consider all the destinations you’ll visit with family and friends. For those who have yet to experience the feeling of control and power a skipper experiences steering from a bridge boat, we urge you to bound up the molded steps and take your rightful place in the comfortable and versatile helm seat. Lay claim to the best seat in the house or do the right thing and share it with the first mate. You both deserve it!

This will become your favorite roost, whether you share a hot cup of coffee and watch the sunrise, or sip your favorite beverage toasting a spectacular sunset. Waterfront property owners with size or weight restrictions will find the 33’ length, 12’8” beam and 16,800 dry weight ideal for lifts or deed restricted lots. Set up a test ride today at Thunder Marine. Our yacht consultants are eager to show you why the new Silverton 33 Convertible is the entry point into the premier value of American boating.

Photo Credits: Forest Johnson

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LUHRS

“What’s your most popular model?” We get that question often. When it comes to Luhrs, a brand of mid-size fishing boats from 28 feet to 44 feet in length, open, hardtop and convertibles, the answer is right in the middle. Offered with gas or diesel engines, most Luhrs buyers opt for the 36 Convertible with Yanmar or Cummins diesel power plants. The past few years, we’ve seen customer emphasis shift from fishing to onboard liveability, and the Luhrs 36 delivers with a two-stateroom configuration. A four hundred gallon fuel tank easily puts the middle grounds, Panhandle, Florida Keys and trips to the Abacos in range. One feature that Luhrs designers haven’t changed over the years is the classic Carolina bow flare which creates a dry, stable ride. Many boats offer an effective platform to fish or relax on the water, but what separates the models are the little features that make life on the water more convenient and relaxing. For example, Luhrs expert designers know that space is always an

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issue at sea, so they cleverly created additional storage compartments in every available space from the bridgedeck to the salon. If sight fishing sounds appealing, you need to check out the view from the upper command station. This is a perfect location for spotting the occasional permit, cobia or even sailfish for those that like to head far offshore. The upper command station is also very helpful when orchestrating a triple catch of kingfish or spotting flocks of feeding birds. Below decks, the salon offers a cool break from the hot sun and fast action above. Many fishing yacht salons are cluttered with fishing rods that occupy precious space. But Luhrs has solved this problem with clever under-floor rod storage. The result is an open salon that is a great place for entertaining friends or clients. The chef-friendly galley includes Corian®-covered countertops, range, microwave, refrigerator, and loads of storage. At the end of the day the double berth with a real inner-spring mattress is the perfect place to dream of tomorrow’s Adventures.

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Grand Tour Grand Tour Think back to grade school for a moment. Remember your favorite teacher? There was something about her charm that coaxed you into completing assignments on time and correctly. Dare we say the word crush? Spend a few minutes with Heath Race and those school day memories rush back like a tide ripping through an inlet while you’re trying to anchor. Curled up on the cockpit lounger, a book in her hand, Heath is enjoying the good life aboard a 32 Luhrs she and husband Greg call Grand Tour. “I just spit the name out one day,” Heath recalls. “We were expecting our first grandchild, the kids were moving out of the house, getting married and we got to reflecting that we were about to start a new phase of life…a grand tour. The boat was going to be our vehicle.” A former aerobics instructor and just retired school teacher, you’d never guess that she is a grandmother. Greg is a successful real estate developer and proved himself quite the fisherman during this summer’s Bahamas Adventures cruise. “My favorite technique is trolling for grouper with downriggers,” says Greg. “I’ll go 20 miles offshore by myself and fish all day. That’s why I picked that style of Luhrs. I can jump down from the helm, grab a pole as quick as anything.”

After four or five outboard boats, Greg says the move to diesel power has provided the mental challenge and escape he was looking for. “With the outboards it was just fish, hose the boat down, flush the engine and you’re done. But the diesel is far more complex, more to maintain and I love working in the engine room,” he says sincerely. “There in the belly of the boat, I guess I just like to tinker.” Heath admits she is not into fishing, but will go out with Greg if the seas are calm. “He can fish all day and night, not catch a thing and think he’s having a good time,” she says with a grin. “I love what boating does to my mind. I feel that I’m free of all the worries. I think better on the boat and just love the salt air.” Another benefit of Luhrs ownership over the outboards is year round boating. “I just stopped going when it got chilly,” Heath says. “We go year round in this boat,” pointing out the enclosure at the helm or her other favorite warm weather perch, beside Greg on the open bridge on a Grand Tour.

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Perfection

PASSION for

Mention the word Riviera to world travelers and images of the French Riviera come to mind. Ask a world-class yachter the same question and the answer is decidedly different. Riviera is Australia’s largest and most awarded builder of quality flybridge convertibles, sport cruisers and sport yachts. “Their factory on the Queensland’s Gold Coast is the Disney World of boat builders,” quips Thunder Marine President, Mark LaPrade.

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“During our tour we watched a multi-million dollar wood finishing tool in action that does high-gloss interiors. It’s the only one like it in the world!” In the hands of some of the most gifted craftsmen in the world, these tools and yacht building techniques set the standard for yachts in the Southern Hemisphere. Now Thunder Marine is proud to announce the arrival of Riviera Yachts at our docks in St. Petersburg.

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Riviera’s 51 open flybridge model will rival any Viking or Bertram you’ve seen. Hand rubbed timbers and the finest fabrics grace every aspect of the interior. Three staterooms easily sleep six, without resorting to saloon accommodation. Plus there are two bathrooms. The owner’s suite is particularly luxurious, well equipped and offers you the comfort of a large bed with an innerspring mattress. While referred to as a 51, this yacht actually measures 58’ 6” from bow roller tip to the end of the swim platform. This design allows for a generously proportioned interior and a very large deck for entertaining or experiencing the pleasures of a long-range, all-weather cruiser. With nearly 1000 gallons of diesel fuel, just imagine all of the islands you’ll see. Private showings are now available arranged through our yacht department.

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HARD CORE

Hydra-Sports 2200VX

On this summer’s Bahamas cruise, six Hydra-Sports boats were lined up side-by-side in Port Lucaya. Customized in their own manner, there was little doubt that owners lived the Hydra-Sports brand promise – No Compromises.

Like other Hydra-Sports Vector models, the boat is made with a Kevlar-reinforced hull, hand-laid fiberglass lamination with premium gelcoat, bi-axial fabric and woven roving, a composite transom and a new Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass stringer system.

Kevlar hulls had brought each captain and mate safely through some pretty tough water to enjoy a week of tuna fishing, diving and of course, Thunder Marine parties.

Best of all it comes ready to fish, with four stainless rod holders on the gunwale, 26-gallon lighted baitwell, tackle box, cockpit bolsters, 68-gallon fishbox, rod storage and stainless toe rails.

The newest Hydra-Sports to debut this fall lives up to the No Compromises promise and does so to make it easy on a first time buyer. Meet the 2200VX, a big express fishing boat without the added expense of twin or triple engines. It easily has the look, features and roominess of a 25 in a compact, easy-to-trailer package.

Like our Bahamas boaters, you can customize the new 2200VX with a hardtop, outriggers, and your choice of a Raymarine electronics package. Visit Thunder Marine today and get ready for the fall fishing frenzy.

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