Active Thunder had a presence at the Miami Boat Show this year for the first time in over 4 years. It was nice to chat with the owner Pat Haughey while looking at his latest 37 Xcess. As many of you are aware, our member Mike Sommers has a 37 Active Thunder in bright red with black stripes which he had at the Boyne Thunder Poker Run this past summer.
The boat has also been used in Active Thunder’s advertising for it’s offshore capabilities. Mike can attest that Pat knows how to drive offshore, and that the strength of the boat build, and its fully glassed hull to deck construction keeps the boat together and going when the going gets tough.
And, since Pat’s newest boat is also a gorgeous bright red, Pat was teasing us that this was Mike’s new boat. Now, I think it would be a good idea for Mike to make that happen. Mike???
The boat certainly was looking good, and it was refreshing to have a builder at the show with only high performance offshore type on display, no center console boats for this builder. As Pat says, he has no interest in building center console boats. The boat was equipped with twin 565 Mercury Racing engines, and with the Patented DDC Ventilated Step (#36879), bumping that magical 90mph marker is certainly possible as is a cruise of 60mph without pushing the engines hard therefor keeping fuel economy up. It was also interesting the way the back of the rear seat raises up with the engine hatch making engine access easier.