Previously Poker Runs America and Sunsation (www.sunsationboats.com) had worked together on a Sunsation 32’ Performance Boat to promote poker run attendance for smaller performance boats. “It got Sunsation a lot of exposure,” said Joe Schaldenbrand, Vice President at Sunsation. “I liked the way that all went. Then we started talking about doing a center console.”
The initial discussions took place between Bill and Todd Taylor (Poker Runs America Vice President of Sales) and Schaldenbrand at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. Mercury Racing (www.mercuryracing.com) agreed to join the cooperative effort by supplying the motors and the plan for the new Poker Runs America Safety Boat was set in
At 32’ long with a 9’ beam and a weight of 7,000 pounds, the 32 CCX is a good size for the assignment. The twin-stepped bottom was designed with well-known performance boat consultant Tres Martin, who owns the Tres Martin Performance Boat School (performanceboatschool.com) and it features the proprietary SS Taper Ventilation Technology.
The boat should run close to 80 mph once it’s dialed in, said Schaldenbrand. The 32 CCX is designed to accommodate a variety of recreational activities and is big enough to be able to handle the confused seas that can come with a poker run, but is also small enough that it can be easily towed to the various events around the country. The boat comes with trim tabs, six pop-up cleats, a cabin and a private head with a pumpout toilet. The cabin measures 8’ fore to aft, by 4’6” wide by 6’2” headroom.
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