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Old 02-07-2005, 10:33 AM
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Doing a bed check to see who lives nearby . . . I boat out of Stuart, Florida, on the St. Lucie River. Anyone here from the same area? Stuart, Palm City, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie? Been here for 22 years, but there doesn't seem to be too many high performance boats in the area.

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Old 02-07-2005, 10:39 AM
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there doesn't seem to be too many high performance boats in the area.
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Harry, my dad keeps his 40Knowles custom in Stuart for the winters.
And you are right, I never see HPs when i'm down there.
I'm surprised. I'd at least think Shrimpers would be worth the trip for most guys.
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I boat in Jupiter and occasionally up in Stuart.
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I live near Lauderdale, but I work for Evinrude. I'm at the test center (under the big US1 bridge) about once per week. (I'll be there Thurs or Fri this week)
You're right. Not too much High Perf there. I have yet to be passed on the water on the river.....
My current demo runs 65 on the river... Not near that in the ocean....

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Old 02-07-2005, 01:25 PM
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Well guys, we'll have to organize a sandbar trip and then Shrimper's or the new place Finz . . . lots of dockage and the owner is a friend of a friend.

Stormrider, I am very friendly with a gentleman who used to build boats for Knowles, Peter Stolper. Peter builds a dynamite 38' express fisherman, let me know if your dad is in the market for a new boat! All composite construction, fast, dry, solid, impeccably built! He's rebuilding a 40' Whiticar for me as we speak.

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Hey Harry
I live in PBG but my business is in Stuart. Stop by and say hi. I own Brandon Furniture right behind Boat US on US1.
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Old 02-07-2005, 01:44 PM
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Cig, my dad looked at the stopler.
There are hard feelings between knowles and him.
My father is actually selling his, looking to downsize.
He is finding it hard to find something of quality after having what he owns.

Bill believes my dads boat is the best riding boat he has ever built... which makes it even harder to sell.

I don't get down often, but if I do, I'll try to contact some of you.
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Old 02-07-2005, 03:52 PM
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Jack, I think you were looking to rent some space from us in my father's building in Palm City, before you opened the Stuart store. We are in the Sands Commerce Center, my father is attorney Steve Lewen, we are in the building next to FedEx on S.R.714. You have a beautiful boat there, we'll have to get together one day.

Stormrider, I know there are hard feelings between Bill and Peter . . . I feel that they both build great boats and its a shame that there is bad blood. Peter is doing a phenominal job on my Whiticar, a complete from the bottom up restoration. A brilliant engineer, insightful designer and a helluva a guy if you get to know him. The Stolper 38 really is a dynamite boat, if you haven't had a chance to run one I would highly recommend it. I can arrange it if you are interested. What size is your dad looking to move into? I know of a beautiful little 30' dayboat that is available.

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I kept my 38 Cig flat deck at Martin Co. Marina during the winter months for4 or 5 yrs. We have a place out at Sailfish Point. I normally hung out at the sand bar just off Sailfish & used to go to Shrimpers quite a bit.
I've kept my 42' Post there for a few yrs & now I will be keeping my 50' Bertram at the Point.
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I'll tell you a little hi perf in Stuart story.
I was selling my Cig & had a guy fly in for a demo ride. After an ocean run, we had just passed Manatee Pocket & were headed up the river (25mph zone). The guy was driving. Just after we passed a water cop going the other way, the guy asked me if he could hit the throttles a bit, I said sure & off we went with a big rooster tail. About the time we were coming up on the new US1 bridge, I heard a strainge sound. I looked back & coming up on us was a Sheriffs Chopper with a sniper hanging out the window and about a dozen boats with little blue flashing lights way off in the distance.
Long story short, we were escorted back to sandsprit park where we were immediately handcuffed. "You can't run from the radio" I was told.
I asked for a cop I had met many years ago. (He had snuck up on me & a pair of hotties having a little "fun" on my dads boat in the middle of the night. We had been tied up over at the state park & the cops thought we were doing drugs. The cops rowed their scarab up & stormed into the cabin. Well, after alot of screaming by the girls, the embarassed cops went on their way).
When I asked if this particular police man was on duity, one of the cops asked why & how did I know him. I was about 3/4 of the way into the story & the cop burst out laughing! He was the cop that stayed on the scarab & he remembered me!!
Then he said "oh boy, this is a big mess". He told the other cops "I know this guy & he comes from a great family out at Sailfish". He then looked up at the chopper houvering, then looked at all the cop boats, cop cars & cop motorcycles and all the pleasureboats who had come to see the big drug bust.
Finally he said he was going to give me a safety check & give me a warning about going too fast on the river & we had a good laugh.
On the way back to my marina, the guy who was interested in buying my boat turned to me & asked (this was his first performance boat) "does this happen every time you go out on one of these?"
He didn't buy the boat LOL

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