This is just a guess, but chances are the new Deep Impact Boats 399 performance center console owned by Michigan boaters Dave and Lorie Postill is going to be the most head-turning boat at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which starts today (Nov. 1) and runs through Sunday.
Between the 39-footer’s one-of-a-kind paintjob handled by Dean Loucks and the team at The Art of Design in Elkhart, Ind., and the quad Mercury Racing Verado 400Rs custom-painted to match, the boat is a total attention-getter. And that’s exactly what the Postill family—including Makenna, 15; Jaden, 10; and Gavin, 8—wanted.
“Our kids had a lot of input with this boat—they wanted something cool and eye-catching, but also something that would allow them to bring more friends along since our 42-foot Cigarette only had five seats,” said Lorie, who added that her daughter wanted something that “would get the boys’ attention,” as well.
Lorie said the family, which also owns a 66-foot Azimut Yachts model and a Sun Tracker pontoon, had a hard time parting with the Cigarette in April, but knew they wanted a performance-oriented center console since she and Dave owned an Everglades center console in the past and missed the utility that style of boat offers.
“We looked at the Deep Impact lineup several years ago when Tim Gallagher, who worked at Cigarette previously, was with the company so when we decided to get a new boat this year, we revisited Deep Impact at the Miami International Boat Show,” Lorie said. “We know Mark and Eileen Fischer (owners of Deep Impact and BoatsDirectUSA), and we loved everything about the company’s 39-footer so we decided that was the right boat for our family.
“None of the boats we’ve owned have been painted by Dean Loucks, but we knew he was insanely talented so we asked him to paint this boat,” she continued. “Everything took a little longer than expected, but we’re happy with how the boat came together. The paint job is fantastic, the interior is amazing and the sound system in the boat is incredible.”
While the kids won’t get to physically see the boat until the spring when it makes its way north to Michigan, Dave and Lorie are planning to run the 399 in next week’s Key West Poker Run hosted by the Florida Powerboat Club.
“We can’t wait to run the boat to Key West and see what kind of reaction it gets,” Lorie said. “We know it’s different, but that’s what we wanted. Our kids came up with a few ideas and then we basically let Dean and his team have at it. That wasn’t easy for Dave as he’s very hands-on, but I told him ‘why don’t we stay out of it and let Dean do what he does best.’ It doesn’t look like a normal fishing boat—we didn’t want it to—but our boys are going to fish on it for sure.”
One other thing that’s for sure, the Postill family’s custom Deep Impact 399 is going to stand out no matter where it goes.
Former Powerboat editor Jason Johnson was an integral part of the magazine staff from 2005 through 2011, utilizing journalistic integrity and experience in and around performance boats to report on all aspects of the go-fast lifestyle. The award-winning writer resides in Southern California and is the executive editor and co-publisher of speedonthewater.com.