You know him by his adrenaline-fueled photos and his ubiquitous logo: Tim Sharkey. He began shooting at New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club events and, as he tells us, “before long I was told I had a good eye for photography and was asked to be the official club photographer.”
The transition was easy for him. “Having built race boats from 13 feet to 36 feet, it came natural.”
As this week we’re featuring Sharkey’s photographs, we asked him six questions.
What kind of boat do you own?
I have had many. Sharkey Bullet 130, a 19-foot Laser. 28 Checkmate and a 57-foot Lazy Days. I am most known for my Bullet 130 running in the NJPPC poker runs and took part two years straight in the NPBA Hudson River Poker run. Since then I have sold all and invested into photography equipment.
Where’s your favorite place to go out cruising?
Atlantic Ocean. I would run my own endurance runs with the Bullet 130. Two of those runs consist of Cape May inlet to Manasquan Inlet and Manasquan Inlet to New York Harbor and back.
What’s your favorite boating gadget?
Anything Latham Marine makes. But if I had to choose one it would be throttles. Having so much horsepower in the palm of your hand is such a rush.
What’s the most impressive powerboat you’ve seen?
What upcoming events are you most looking forward to?
[Last weekend’s] Buffalo Poker Run. This will be my second year shooting their event and they are on course to be recognized as a must do event by many.
What’s the most hilarious boat name you’ve ever seen?
Live Now Pay Later.
Photographer Tim Sharkey’s work can be seen at Sharkey Images.