Project Activator: Introduction

With great excitement, we are announcing our own restoration project: Project Activator.  After careful consideration and lots of tire kicking, we finally found our boat. We have acquired a 1990 22 Activator that is in need of some serious help. 

Classified Classics

What's good about this boat is that everyone will know you are into boats, but not showing off. It's a nice family performance boat with a great hull, good size for all around use. You won't look like that guy with the Fountain in the track suit, fake gold watch, who shakes your hand so it feels like a Boa Constrictor swallowed it, and he won't let go for an awkwardly long time. These guys usually work at Mercedes dealerships, or if things aren't going as well, Buick dealerships. 

Cigarette Racing and AMG: Forging a Relationship

When you think about it at first, the long standing relationship between AMG and Cigarette Racing makes no sense. The famed offshore boat builder, based in the Miami Florida area for its whole existence, born in the hustle and bustle of early offshore racing in South Florida has very little in common with AMG, on the surface.

Carl Kiekhaefer: Marine Industry Revolutionist

In every industry there are pioneers, inventors and hawkers but the real changemakers are the ones that are revolutionists. They are seldom the first in any given arena but they are the first to repurpose, reinvent and create markets that weren’t realized before. Carl Kiekhaefer was a revolutionist engineer that used his passion for engineering, competitiveness and salesmanship to change the marine industry.

Best Midsize Offshore Boats Right Now

One difficult thing as a boater is finding the ideal boat, the hull that fills most of your needs. Usually, the answer depends on where you boat, who you boat with and what you do on the water. If you run on the ocean or a very large lake, you realize quickly that you need some deadrise and some freeboard to play in the big waves.

10 Questions with John Tomlinson

As part of our 10 questions series, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to pick the brains of some of the leaders in the performance boat industry. This time around, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to ask John Tomlinson some questions about how he got into boats, his passion for racing, the work he enjoys doing

Outboard Conversion: Repower

In the boat industry in general, there is an undoubted trend in outboard powered boats of all kinds, including performance boats. We have have seen traditional sterndrive models converted to outboard models by the manufacturer. 

The Drag Race: Burning up the Water

Drag racing cars has always been a staple of motorsports, from street to strip and stock cars to top fuel, there is something about that short sprint that is incredibly captivating for drivers and audiences. For boats, drag racing is equally, if not more exciting, the incredible acceleration and driver skill to keep the boat on track make it fun to watch and more fun to drive.

Boat Weight Dynamics: Move it

In all boats, weight, weight distribution and balance are key to how the boat floats and performs. With performance boats, it can be more complicated because typically performance boats are already light and when a hull travels faster through the water, weight dynamics change.

The Boat Show: And the Small Manufacturers

I remember as a kid going to the boat show was a chance to see the latest and greatest boats on the market. There was always something interesting to see, from the new engines to the performance boats. It seemed like in the 80s and 90s there was always several performance boat manufacturers that had at least a few boats on display. But in the 2000s, the boat shows kind of changed.