A real-estate professional based in Charlotte, N.C., Audra Moore describes herself as “a hopeless romantic who always sees the glass as half-full.” The only thing she says she loves as much—and maybe even a little more—as being in love and the romance that comes with it is powerboating. To that end she’s owned several sportboats during the years, starting with a 23-foot Wellcraft Nova. Her most recent boat, which she sold in 2008, was a 38-foot Formula.
“I have been in the market for the last several years to purchase another boat,” she says. “The right one has not presented itself just yet.”
But long before she had a powerboat of her own, Moore fell in love with being on the water.
“I was born and raised in Northern Virginia and grew up boating on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay,” she says. “My parents had a seafood business and I would go out with my dad and pull crab pots out of the bay to take home to the ladies for fresh picked crab meat. I spent many years on the road with my dad delivering our seafood products to waterfront restaurants both on the river and along the shorelines of the bay. That’s where my love of water came from.”
With her new online dating site called Powerboatpassion.com, Moore is hoping to combine her two favorite things.
“There are dating sites for farmers, Christians, fitness enthusiasts and even equestrians, just to mention a few,” she says. “So why not a powerboat dating site?”
Like all online dating sites, Powerboatpassion.com has fields that member must complete. At present, registration/membership on the site is free.
As she expected, Moore heard immediately from her male buddies in the go-fast world. Most of their feedback has been less than supportive.
“I’ve heard comments from male boating friends like, ‘We don’t need a dating site to get chicks—our boats do that for us,’” she says. “They are correct, but how many of them are just hook-ups or women looking for a man to take care of them?
“This could also be true in the reverse perspective,” she continues. “When I owned my boats there were men who I met and became friends with who would later tell me I intimidated [them]because of my independence. Wouldn’t you want to have a partner like you? Someone to share in the responsibilities and the fun?”
Moore knows she has a lot of work ahead of her in what—at least in the near term—will be a labor of love rather than profit. She knows the site is in its infancy and will take time to grow and catch on, if that is to happen. And she’s completely undaunted.
“I love what I do but I am not doing what I love—I love to be on the water, in the water and around the water,” she says. “And I love to love. I want to provide men and women with an avenue to meet other like-minded individuals and help them find love and romance along with a sport they both enjoy.”
Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.