High Speed Fishing On The Gulf!


Capt. Dave Singletary has been fishing the Gulf of Mexico since his childhood. He has been professionally involved in the fishing and hunting industry for more than 20 years. In 1995 he founded the Dixie Sportsman’s Hunting Lodge. The largest African Game Preserve in the southeastern United States and the first commercial outdoor operation to offer hunting for handicapped and terminally ill children.

Today, he owns and operates Rock’n Reef Sportfishing Charters, located just off the causeway in Dunedin, Florida. Dave contributes the success of his charter business to his life-long knowledge of the location and habits of the many species of game fish found in the Gulf of Mexico.

His boat of choice is a Sunsation 34CCX equipped with triple 300HP Verados. “Depending on the season, we sometimes have to go offshore up to 100 miles to where the fish are.” says Dave. ” More time should be spent fishing rather than driving. The boat cruises at 50 mph with a top speed of 75. We are the one fastest fishing boats in the Gulf!”

While Sunsation’s CCX center consoles are built primarily for the high-performance and luxury center console enthusiast, it easily functions as a fishing machine. “The layout of the boat is perfect for several people fishing simultaneously.” Dave continues, “I bought the demo on display at the 2015 Miami Boat Show from Mindi Doller. I’ve known Mindi and her team at Doller Offshore in Hollywood, Florida for many years and took her suggestion to look at the Sunsation. I was impressed after the first few minutes of the test ride.

To make the boat fully functional for a commercial charter service, I rigged it with an 8 tube rocket launcher, installed rod holders in the gunnels and easily modified two of the larger under deck storage compartments into fish lockers and converted one of the built in coolers into a functioning live well with macerator.”


Capt. Dave’s alter ego in his younger days was as the drummer for the heavy metal rock band, Mr. Hyde. A group that toured and opened for many of the super metal groups of the day, including Metallica, Skid Row & Ratt. It was an experience that allowed him to develop friendships over the years with many celebrities and popular sports personalities. Clients that can be discerning at best. ” My customers love the action of the chase and they like to do it in style.” says Dave. ” They are surprised and impressed that a fishing boat comes equipped with all the luxury appointments of the Sunsation. The extra large, air conditioned cabin with lavatory, head, large screen TV and stereo system fit for a rock star, make for an easy and fun day on the water.”

This isn’t Dave’s “first fishing rodeo”, as he has owned other fishing center consoles in the past. “None of my previous boats can compare with the 34CCX.”, comments Dave, ” and I’ve tested virtually every major brand on the market. While some of the more well known brands like Yellow Fin and Hydrosports are great fishing boats, none matched the speed, handling or fuel mileage of the 34CCX. Rock’n Reef Charters is my business and providing my clients an exceptional offshore experience is my mission. Sunsation’s 34CCX is my most important tool.”

To learn more about Rock’n Reef Charters and Capt. Dave’s Sunsation 34CCX visit




For more than 29 years, Coty Marine in Toms River, NJ has been providing the top brands of recreational watercraft and professional marine services to enthusiasts throughout the Northeastern United States. So, it was only natural when owner Richie Coty Jr chose Sunsation Powerboats for its new line of high performance center consoles.

Longtime Sunsation Rep. Denny Backis brought both parties together. “As an independant sales rep for several manufacturers, I’m very aware of the Sunsation product, ” states Backis, who had worked as National Sales Manager for the company in the early 2000s. ” When Richie asked me to investigate a higher-end center console line for Coty Marine, I knew immediately that Sunsation would be the perfect fit.”

“We are witnessing tremendous growth in the high-performance and sport center console market”, says Coty Marine’s Sales Manager Dave Patnaude. “Sunsation delivers a quality built boat on par and in some cases beyond what you’d expect from other center console brands in the 400 -600 thousand dollar range. Sunsation’s price point can be a couple of hundred thousand dollars less and still give the customer virtually the same performance, style and amenities.” It’s the best value out there for a truly high-performance, luxury center console.”

Coty Marine will stock the Sunsation CCX line of performance center consoles. Including the 29, 32 and 34CCX models. The first boats ordered will be debuted at the NJ Performance Powerboat Club’s Powerboat Rally from Toms River to Atlantic City June 17th.

Sunsation co-owners Joe & Wayne Schaldenbrand along with Kyle Miller and Jared Morris quickly approved Coty’s application as the exclusive dealer in the Northeast. Rich Coty and his team in Toms River have been very successful over the years”, states Joe. “Their reputation for quality watercraft and customer service is well known in the region and we’re excited to have Coty Marine join our Sunsation Family.”

For more information on Sunsation’s complete line of high-performance and luxury center consoles, visit or


Mercury Marine & Sunsation Powerboats Present Captain’s Choice Boats One Year Anniversary on Florida’s Beautiful Emerald Coast!


Come experience the joy of boating as we celebrate Captain’s Choice Boats’ first year anniversary at their new expanded facility at the Brookside Bridge Marina in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

Join us April 1 & 2 for two full days of food, fun and high-performance test drives. Tour the Mercury Advantage Display for a hands-on virtual experience with the latest in Mercury technology, including the new Joystick Piloting System. Speak one on one with Mercury’s on-site reps and try it out on the water in Sunsation’s 34CCX Center Console Extreme.

Go aboard with Sunsation Factory owners Joe and Wayne Schaldenbrand for test drives of their 2016 line of high-performance center consoles. The 32CCX, with twin 350 Verados and the 34CCX with twin 300 Verados.

Spend the day with us for one of the most exciting and informative events of the year and check out the very special pricing on any boat on the lot. Experience the luxury, handling and pure performance of Sunsation and Mercury, Friday April 1 & Saturday April 2 at Captain’s Choice Boats!

CLICK HERE to view the full selection of new and Certified pre-owned Sunsation Boats now in stock at Captain’s Choice Boats or contact Mitch Kaplan for additional details at 850.862.9111 or We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunsation Powerboats congratulates Captains Choice Boats as its top volume dealer with over $25 Million Dollars in Sales!


Since 2003 Mitch & Heidi Kaplan and Gary Laughlin have featured Sunsation as their marquee brand of high performance recreational boats.

“Sunsation boats sell themselves.” states Mitch, “customers immediately recognize the superior quality of the product and know the factory’s reputation for after-sale-support. We are excited to be going into our 13th year with Sunsation as we continue to receive orders for both new and Certified Pre-Owned models.”

Captain’s Choice is taking delivery this month of two new 2016 Sunsation models. A custom appointed 29CCX with twin Merc 150s and the 32CCX with twin Verado 350s, featuring the revolutionary SS Taper Ventilation Flow Hull.

CLICK HERE to view the full selection of new and Certified pre-owned Sunsation Boats now in stock at Captain’s Choice Boats.


Sunsation 32 CCX Sold First Day!


Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats

It usually doesn’t take long for a new model, quality product to be purchased by a savvy buyer. In the case of Sunsation’s new 32CCX the turnaround time from leaving the factory to the hands of its new owner may have set a world record.

On the day of the boat’s delivery to Doller Offshore Marine, Michael Snyder of Brigantine, New Jersey went out with Mindi Doller and her crew on the boat’s first sea trial in the Atlantic Ocean.

When the boat returned to the dock, Michael was sold and cut a check for the boat on the spot.

“I’ve owned over 30 boats in my life. Everything from Boston Whalers to 40 foot motor yachts and I used to race a Pantera in APBA’s Maryland Cup. I have yet to drive a boat with the perfect design until I discovered Sunsation.” states Snyder. ” When Mindi told me that the 32CCX was coming to her facility, I had to check it out. It was the perfect day for a sea trial. It was raining and snotty and I was amazed by it’s rock solid ride and precise handling. I thought, if the boat performs this well in these conditions, I can’t image how great it will be in normal weather and seas.”

“Michael knows boats”, said Mindi “and knew immediately that this was the boat for him…and I’ve got to tell you, that after that first trial this boat with Tres Martin’s new bottom design is going to set a new standard of performance for sport center consoles.

Sunsation’s complete line of Center Console Extremes including the new 32CCX will be on display at the Ft. International Boat Show Nov. 9 through 11th. Docks 15-16

For additional information, visit Doller Offshore HERE


Sunsation 32 CCX Water Test Goes Well, Set for FLIBS Debut


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Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats

According to Joe Schaldenbrand of Sunsation Boats in Algonac, Mich., the company’s new 32-foot center console—the 32 CCX that sits between its 29 CCX and 34 CCX—performed flawlessly during a water test on Friday.

“I’ll tell you what, this boat is a home run,” Schaldenbrand said. “We just tested it and it’s 100-percent rock-solid. It’s stable and pretty fast—we got it up 75 mph, although it doesn’t have the T-top on it yet.”

Powered by twin Mercury Verado 350 engines, the 32-footer isn’t finished yet, but it will be in time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in early November. As Schaldenbrand said, the T-top needs to be assembled and the interior needs to be completed before the first 32 CCX is ready to be displayed at the H/I Hi-Performance docks at the popular South Florida show.

The center console, which Schaldenbrand said accelerated unbelievably well with several people on board and reached plane in just a few seconds, is expected to be validated in less than two weeks by Tres Martin, the owner of the Tres Martin Performance Boat School who helped design Sunsation’s new model.

Schaldenbrand and everyone at Sunsation are elated to show off the 32-footer that they announced they were going to build a little more than a year ago. The boat features a 9-foot beam—the 29 CCX has an 8-foot beam and the 34 CCX has a 10-foot beam—and a very spacious cabin like that of the company’s 34-footer.

“I really feel like this boat is the right size for a lot of our customers,” said Schaldenbrand, who can point to the fact that seven 32 CCX models have already been ordered. He added that six of the first seven models in production will be powered by twin Verado 350 engines and that the remaining one will have twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines.

This story is courtesy of Speed On The Water. Read the full story HERE




Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats

It was a Sunsation show of force at this year’s Lake Cumberland Poker Run at State Dock in Jamestown, Ky. Over 30 Sunsation owners came together, representing the entire Sunsation line of boats dating back to 2012. It was the largest gathering of Sunsation sport boats and center consoles this year and exemplifies the continuing growth of boaters who now enjoy the Sunsation Lifestyle.


Sunsation’s 34CCX Featured in the July Issue of Speedboat Magazine

Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!

One of the only remaining print publications devoted to covering the world of performance boating, Speedboat Magazine has chosen Sunsation and it’s popular 34CCX, Center Console Extreme as the first center console to grace its cover.

Ray Lee owner and publisher of Speedboat Magazine made the decision to include the new performance center consoles from the major manufacturers in the magazine at last year’s Miami International Boat Show.

“There’s no doubt that boaters are expanding their preferences for various types of high performance boats.”, states Lee. “While the traditional deepvee “go-fast” style boats remain popular, the advent of the bigger outboard power now available allow some of these same boaters the opportunity to still satisfy their need for speed while simultaneously enjoying the room and amenities that center consoles offer.”

Follow Speedboat magazine on Facebook HERE for the latest in news, events and emerging technologies in performance boats




Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats

When a customer special orders a boat it usually makes a statement. The Team at Sunsation Powerboats just rolled out a brand new Black 34 CCX with the new 400R Mercury Racing Outboards that has already got a lot of attention.

Adam Carpenter has an impressive collection of water toys ranging from a hi-performance cat, Ski boat and a line up of personal watercraft. Adam likes speed, he enjoys performance and as I remember him from participating in the Performance Boat School, he is really good at taking things to the edge.

Adam has a vacation home on the water and is always on the move…doing something…going somewhere. So, with his existing stable of water toys and other active machines to move him along how and why did he decide to build a very discreet looking 34 Sunsation CCX with Triple 400 Mercury Racing Outboards?

As Adam tells us… It was super cold day in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and while sitting around with friends after snowmobiling they decided it would be a great idea to get warm and on the spur of the moment they bought tickets to go to the Miami Boat Show.

Getting to Miami and walking the show Adam had zero intention of buying a boat, he and his friends were enjoying the much warmer weather, having fun, and of course, looking at everything the Miami Boat Show had to offer. When they came upon the 34 CCX Sunsation demo boat in the water they related back to the knowledge of a great friend who has owned a Sunsation Sport Boat for over 20 years – Adam enthusiastically tells us that “the boat looks as good as new and has always performed above expectations, providing a couple of decades of great family fun and performance.” Then when offered a invitation for a demo ride from Jared Morris, one of the owners of Sunsation, the now warm snowmobiling crowd all jumped aboard as Wayne Schaldenbrand ran them around Miami’s Biscayne Bay for a little joyride.

Adam said they all had a great time and went on their way around the show, again looking at everything outside and inside the Miami Convention Center. Inside the show hall they of course came upon the inside display from Sunsation and struck up a conversation with the other brother from Sunsation Powerboats, Joe Schaldenbrand. Joe talked all about the boats, life in Michigan, snowmobiling, and how great it was to be in Miami and be warm.

Adam and his crew continued to walk enjoying the show, Miami, and everything it had to offer, still not really even having the thought to buy a boat. Then Monday came and before flying back to cold Michigan, Adam thought the idea of being able to get out a few times a year every winter to go snowmobiling in the extreme cold should be balanced with going to Florida a few times a year every winter to go powerboating. So Adam made his way back over to the Sunsation Booth and ordered a brand new 34 CCX Sunstation Center Console Extreme, with triple 400R Outboards, and because all of his stuff is already black on black the boat would have to match.

Of course the boat order was taken by Joe and the excitement of Adam came down a little when told how long to wait. Sunsation is so very busy building boats it was going to be a few months… Nevertheless, the boat was ordered and the process of the build would move on.

Well, as fate would have it the next morning at the Miami Airport, Adam and Joe ran into each other for the flight home and Joe offered up the Demo Boat they were building that was just out of the mold, the boat could be painted black instead of blue and Adam could get the boat done sooner rather than later. But all black? Really? While Joe tried to convince him of another color choice the answer was final and to describe the motivation Adam simply said, “Women don’t wear high heels because they are comfortable, they wear heels because they look great and my boat is going to look great!”

The boat does look great. Mitcher T did an incredible job with the execution of Adams vision. Adam was invited to visit the shop and said it was “a really cool experience working and collaborating with Mitcher T. The project came out 10 times better than expected. It was a goal to have the boat look all black from 50 feet away and as you get up closer the graphics come out. Mitcher killed it!”

This is one build where nothing was skipped and the decisions were simple. Adam asks how many LED lights normally go into the cockpit and whatever the standard answer is the number is doubled. Killer lighting, a Stereo System with 23 JL Speakers and a ultra modern looking cabin done in white with a black floor and black headliner. The 400’s are going to push the boat to that extra level of performance and the boat is also set up with FLIR Night Vision, Garmin Radar, all rigged to the Garmin 8215 displays.

The all-black look is special – as in Special Ops – and even before it got wet for the first time it brought on some heighten attention from Border Patrol agents working near the Sunsation Factory. The Border Patrol pulled up right before the first sea trail and with their windows rolled down asked Adam, “Nice boat, do you mind if we take some photos?” Adam replied, “Sure, as long as you don’t pull me over”. The agents followed them to the ramp and took pictures all the way along.

The boat is sure to bring a lot of attention wherever it goes. Adam plans to bring the boat to Fort Myers during the winter to have a chance to get out of cold Michigan during the summer and avoid summer in Indiana. Look at for his new boat “Discrete” at a poker run somewhere this summer.

View the full story on Powerboat Nation HERE




Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!
Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!

Timed with his kids’ spring break, longtime Sunsation Boats customer Bill Harrison took delivery of his new 29 CCX with twin Mercury FourStroke 150 engines, the first of two new Sunsation models he ordered recently—his 36 SSR powered by staggered Mercury Racing 540 engines will be finished in time for summer.

According to Mitch Kaplan of Captain’s Choice in Destin, Fla., Harrison was excited to get the 29-footer and take it out for a quick spin.

“Bill was here yesterday to pick up the boat,” Kaplan said earlier today. “He is such a pleasurable customer to do business with. I think he’s really going to have a good time with the new center console—all of his friends and family are.”

Both boats feature identical graphics—a bold red design painted by Mitcher T Custom Painting & Design, the Middleville, Mich., shop that handled Harrison’s previous Sunsations, which include a 32-footer and two 43-footers.

“We hustled to get Bill his boat in time for spring break and can’t wait to hear how it goes this week,” said Sunsation’s Joe Schaldenbrand. “We have no doubt he’s going to be impressed. Next up is the 36,. It’s going to be so cool to see the two boats together on the water.”

This story is courtesy of Speed On The Water. Read the full story HERE




Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!
Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!

Sunsation has long been one of the more popular high performance boat brands driving the waters of Missouri’s famous Lake of the Ozarks.

Performance Boat Center of Osage Beach has now added the Sunsation line up to it’s inventory of high­end powerboat brands. An authorized Mercury Marine full service facility, Brett Manire and his award winning crew provide sales, storage, transport and repair services to central Missouri boaters.

The two companies joined forces at this year’s Miami International Boat Show making Performance Boat Center the premier dealer for Sunsation Boats in the state.

“We wanted a sportboat that was more mainstream and a little more inviting to a certain segment of our customer base,” said Performance Boat Center’s Brett Manire, whose first order included a 2015 36 SSR with Mercury Racing 565 engines. “Sunsation is a great fit for us and this area,” Manire continued. “We’re going to focus on the sportboat line for now—if someone wants one of Sunsation’s center consoles we can certainly make that happen, but I really think there’s a good market for the company’s 28­, 32­ and 36 ­foot models here on the lake”

“ We’re excited by our new relationship with Brett and Performance Boat Center:,states Sunsation co­owner Joe Schaldenbrand. ”They are an ultra modern facility with an outstanding following of satisfied customers. We look forward to being an integral part of their new and pre­owned boat offerings”, Our partner, Jared Morris owns a home at Lake of the Ozarks, which will provide us frequent opportunities to interact with many our customers on the lake.”

For more information about Sunsation Powerboats and the exemplary services of Performance Boat Center contact Brett Manire at 573-­873-­2300.


Matching Set: Sunsation Building 29 CCX and 36 SSR for Same Customer


Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!
Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!

“Here’s some news for you,” Joe Schaldenbrand said as I made my second stop at the Sunsation Boats booth during the Miami International Boat Show several weeks ago. “We just sold a 29 CCX to one of our best customers, who happens to be building a 36 SSR at the same. That’s a first for Sunsation—nobody has ever had two boats going at the same time.”

With identical paint designs on both boats—a 29 CCX and a 36 SSR—Sunsation customer Bill Harrison can’t wait to get his new rides.

Schaldenbrand—one of the well-respected brothers behind the Algonac, Mich., company—seemed genuinely shocked..

“I wasn’t even trying to sell him a boat either,” he continued. “Bill Harrison, a great customer of ours, was here at the show today and was looking at the 29 and asking some questions so I told him we could do one to match his 36 and he said OK, let’s do it. I couldn’t believe it.”

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The SUNsation Rises in Destin


Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats - Captain's Choice Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats - Captain's Choice Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats - Captain's Choice Boats
Sunsation Power & Fishing Boats - Captain's Choice Boats

As you crest the 98 bridge headed toward Destin Beach, two landmarks stand prominent. The 150 foot Emerald Coast water tower and the 32’ Sunsation SS hoisted high for display out front of the iconic Brook Bridge Marina. The new home to Captain’s Choice Boats, the nation’s largest Sunsation Powerboat dealership.

The 36,000 Sq. foot full service facility provides rack storage for over 275 boats, dockside facilities and now, the quality sales and service expertise that Mitch Kaplan and his team at Captain’s Choice Boats are famous for.

“When we came to Destin 15 years ago to start our business, there was an empty lot where the marina now stands.” says Mitch. ”As this area has grown so have we. When the facility became available in January, we immediately took the opportunity to expand our operation to better serve our customers” We’ve completely remodeled the interior showroom and upgraded the service facility and will be increasing our inventory of new and pre-owned Sunsation boats.

“Mitch Kaplan has always been Sunsation’s premier dealer on the Emerald Coast,” states Joe Schaldenbrand, Sunsation VP. He has sold more than 125 new and pre-owned Sunsations since he joined our team. We are excited for Mitch and his crew and congratulate them on their new location. “

Captain’s Choice Boats invites you to the Grand Opening of it’s new location this April 2015.

Attendance at this year’s event was strong and interest in the new Sunsation CCX models were even stronger.

Visit Captain’s Choice Boats: Click Here




Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!
Sunsation Center Console Boats: When Performance Matters!

If there is one thing the power boating world understands, it is that we are all like a big family. We are a family that not only plays hard together but supports each other in times of need. In a wonderfully supportive gesture to honor the memory of Mike Fiore of Outerlimits PowerBoats and lend a hand of support for the Fiore Family Fund. The Team at Sunsation Powerboats is donating one of their new display propellers etched with the Outerlimits Logo and signed by Power Boating Elite.

Wayne Schaldenbrand of Sunsation Powerboats, is another powerboating innovator and has created a new process to build incredibly cool display propellers that can be used in a variety of ways.

This very special one of a kind propeller will be on display at the Outerlimits Booth during the Miami International Boat Show. Visitors can stop in to view the propeller and place a bid on the auction sheet. The auction sheet will run until the close of the show on Saturday night at 8 PM. Whoever obligates to pay the Fiore Family Fund the highest dollar amount gets this special one of a kind propeller that will be signed by numerous industry elites during the boat show. The custom propeller will come with a Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies a list of the signatures. The highest bid amount will go directly to the Fiore Family Fund.

If you are not able to make it to Miami you can text your phone bids to Brad Schoenwald at 954 560 9080. Your text must arrive before 7:45 PM on Saturday 14 February. Periodic updates of the auction sheet progress will be posted on as well as PowerBoat Nations Facebook, Instagram, and twitter pages.

The entire Team at Sunsation Powerboats is to be commended for their wonderful support of generosity and compassion for the family of Mike who was a fierce competitor on the water and in the shop, but recognized by other boat builders as an original innovator, a friend to everyone in our powerboating community, and a fabulous father to his beloved children.

To view the entire article on Powerboat Nation, Click Here


Virtual Indoor Experience – Plus, The Real Thing on the Water


Sunsation Powerboats comes to the Miami International Boat Show this year with a variety of customer experiences, both indoors and on the water. The Algonac, Michigan company, long known for it’s innovative sport boats and sports center consoles will be exhibiting inside the Miami Beach Convention Center three of it’s most popular models. The 29 & 34CCX (Center Console Extreme) along with it’s popular 28 mid-cabin open bow performance sport boat.

In addition to the tactile experience of boarding each craft and the opportunity for close-up and personal inspection, visitors will also experience a virtual perspective of the complete Sunsation line through a synchronized triple screen presentation strategically positioned in the Sunsation Exhibit.

“From the amount of boat videos playing around the show, it’s a “given” that video helps people see how the boat performs at speed. Something you can’t see while it’s on the trailer.”, states Vice President, Joe Schaldenbrand. “Our presentation this year takes it to another level, allowing visitors to experience three different perspectives, at the same time, putting them closer to the true lifestyle experience which the Sunsation brand is all about.”

“This is a similar technology we originally developed for Royal Caribbean Cruises”, says John Potts of American Performance Media. “Cruise lines are very competitive within their market and are always looking to expand the overall cruising experience to their guests. On “sea days” where guests are limited to activities on board the ship, it’s important to keep them engaged and entertained. We discovered that the multiple perspective experience of our presentations not only engaged guests at a deeper level but helped direct them to their next decision, desired by the line. I appreciate Sunsation’s support in proving this same dynamic in the boat sales arena” and am excited about the results we’ll document in regard to sales leads.”

Not to leave any experience unavailable at the show, customers, potential customers and fans can experience the 34CCX on the water at the Mercury Racing on-water exhibit at the Sea Isle Marina across the bay in Miami.

To preview the triple screen presentation, Click Here


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Steve Ammons of Danboro, Pennsylvania was perfectly happy with his 2009 Sunsation 32SSR Signature Edition. In fact, it was his baby!

Sporting a custom paint design by Mitcher “T”, she looks and runs like a new one. Steve meticulously maintained his prize and never let her spend the winter outside of his climate controlled garage.

When Mindi Doller of Doller Offshore Marine received a call from Steve back in 2012 inquiring about new Sunsation models available, she was excited over the possibility of delivering a new boat to an already satisfied customer. What she didn’t count on was Steve’s attachment to his old boat. “The 32′ was the best boat I’ve ever owned and while I was thinking about moving up to a 36′, I was reluctant to move away from my trusted and beautiful 32′, said Steve.

Turn the clock forward. After two years of intense and detailed conversations between Steve, Mindi and the team at Sunsation, Steve Ammons will soon take delivery of his new 36SSR at the company’s factory in Algonac, Michigan.


Steve knew exactly what he wanted in his new boat, bigger power with twin Mercury Racing 565s, ITS Transom Assembly and Mercury XR1 Drives, but he also wanted to maintain the same unique look and feel of his beloved 32′.

“Steve got together with Mitcher “T” and worked out a paint scheme that is very close to his 32′ with only nuanced changes in the design.” said Mindi. “We upgraded the sound system over his old boat with the new Fusion 700 Series entertainment system that allows for complete remote control anywhere near the boat with his smart phone. Additionally, Steve opted for the newest Garmin GPS Chart Plotter and an acrylic engine hatch revealing the twin 565’s bathed in blue LED lighting.

“Man, seeing the engines through the clear hatch gives the boat a Ferrari or Lamborghini look. It’s awesome!”, say Steve.

The new 36SSR is currently in the final stages of rigging and finishing at the Sunsation factory
and will be ready for Steve Ammons to enjoy before Christmas.


Mitcher T Painting New Sunsation 36 SSR with Twin 565s

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It’s been more than a year since Sunsation Powerboats built one of its 36-foot sportboats, but thanks to an order from a second-time customer, the Algonac, Mich., company recently sent a new 36 SSR to Mitcher T Custom Painting in Middleville, Mich., for its custom graphics.

According to Sunsation’s Joe Schaldenbrand the boat will be back in Algonac within a week and he’s expecting to get everything else installed, rigged and ready for delivery by the end of the year.

“If Steve’s been good, maybe the boat will come on Santa’s sleigh,” Schaldenbrand laughed, referring to Pennsylvania’s Steve Ammons, who owned a 2009 32 SSR before ordering the 36-footer through Doller Offshore Marine in Hollywood, Fla. The longtime Sunsation dealer owned by Mindi Doller also helped Ammons sell his 32-footer with twin MerCruiser 496 Mag HO engines.

The new 36-footer, which is powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 565 engines, is as special as the one Ammons owned previously. Schaldenbrand said Ammons’ blue and gray 32 SSR was the company’s one-and-only Signature edition, meaning that Joe and his brother Wayne—the founders of Sunsation—signed the boat.

“Steve asked if Wayne and I would sign the new boat, so we’re going to do it again,” Schaldenbrand said. “He basically wants to duplicate his 32—the paint jobs are very similar. We’re excited to be doing this boat. It’s nice to see some sportboats coming through. We’ve been so busy with the center consoles lately.”

Ammons said the choice to step up in the Sunsation family was a no-brainer.

“You know, when you get a taste for that Sunsation quality, nothing else even comes as far as fit and finish, quality of work, and, of course, customer service,” Ammons said. “They’re there with you every step of the way. I met with Joe personally and he sat down with me and spent time listening to what I wanted. Their follow-through and attention to detail is impressive. And their dealer network is the same way.

“Working with Mindi Doller was a blessing,” he continued. “Her attention to detail was as good if not better than Joe’s. What’s that saying? If you want something done right, ask a woman? Well, Mindi is that woman.”

Ammons sounds genuinely excited to see his new boat in person. Look for a follow-up story on after the boat gets back from the paint shop.

Sunsation Powerboats Makes Waves In Key West


sunsation-power-boats-ccf-1Jared Morris, Kevin Skiba, Joe & Jeremy Schaldenbrand
sunsation-power-boats-ccf-2Sloppy Joe’s
sunsation-power-boats-ccf-1Joe & Jeremy Schaldenbrand
sunsation-power-boats-ccf-4Kort Ordered

The quality and performance of Sunsation Powerboats was clearly evident at this year’s Miami to Key West Poker Run. Sport Center Consoles are the growing boat-of-choice at these events and Sunsation is quickly becoming recognized as the premier brand, offering a variety of options with it’s new line of 29 and 34 foot CCX models

Company owners Joe Schaldenbrand and Jared Morris were on site providing customer support along with Sunsation’s South Florida dealer Mindi Doller of Doller Offshore Marine. Sunsation’s newest Midwest dealer, Jeff Riehl made the trip down from Warren, Michigan and displayed UnRiehl Sunsation’s newest 2014 29CCX at the Florida Powerboat Club’s Poker Run Village.

The Sunsation team also exhibited it’s newest 34CCX, “Kort Ordered” at the docks of the Conch Republic Seafood Company. Recently built for and purchased by Kort Wittich of Covington, Louisiana the boat was specially ordered with a $ 10,000 JL stereo system that provided entertainment for everyone at the dock. This is the second Sunsation purchased by Kort as he also owns an F4 powered by twin Mercury 700’s.

Many longtime Sunsation owners were also in attendance. Tom Beagle brought his 36XRT all the way from Saginaw, Michigan, a 30 hour trip to join in on the festivities.

Craig Mytelka of Virginia Beach and Jim Jim Archambault of Atlanta, Georgia both made the trip and as part of the Sunsation family to enjoy their respective 34CCXs.

Attendance at this year’s event was strong and interest in the new Sunsation CCX models were even stronger.

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sunsation-power-boats-ccf-2Kort & Jessica Wittich, Stacey Herbert
sunsation-power-boats-ccf-1Jeremy,Joe, Jeff Riehl, Jared
sunsation-power-boats-ccf-4Conch Bar


Countdown to Key West: Newest 34 CCX Models from Sunsation Set for Poker Run

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Just this week, the crew at Sunsation Powerboats tested its latest 34 Center Cabin Xtreme model, which will be taking part in next month’s Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run alongside the previous 34-foot center console to leave the company’s Algonac, Mich., factory.

New owners Jim and Lynn Archambault of Atlanta purchased the 34 CCX that is powered by triple Mercury Verado 300 engines through Captain’s Choice Boats in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and plan on enjoying every minute of their new ride during the run from Miami to Key West.

According to Sunsation’s Joe Schaldenbrand, the owners of the previous 34 CCX to leave the factory—Court and Jessica Wittich of Covington, La.—will be doing the poker in their boat, which also is powered by a trio of Verado 300 engines.

“Key West will be the first run for the last two boats out of the factory—that’s kind of cool,” said Schaldenbrand, who added that longtime Sunsation customer Craig Mytelka is doing the run in his 34 CCX, too. “We should have some good representation in the poker run on and off the water. We’re sponsoring it so we have dock space at the Conch Republic. The Wittich’s boat will be parked there.”

Once again, Sunsation, along with two of the company’s dealers (Doller Offshore and its newest one, Unriehl Sunsation), will have a boat—a new 29 CCX to be exact—on display in the poker run village.

Sunsation Adding 32 CCX


Despite that they established their Algonac, Mich., company on pure performance boats backed by great customer service, Wayne and Joe Schaldenbrand of Sunsation Powerboats in Algonac, Mich., have zero problem with center consoles leading their current sales and production. Don’t get me wrong, the Schaldenbrands are go-fast folks to the core, but they’re also smart businessmen who’ve been savvy enough to adapt to a changing market. To that end, they’ve reaped success with their 34- and 29-foot Center Console Extreme—hence the CCX designation—performance center consoles, both of which boast uncommonly spacious cabins.

Building on that success, Sunsation will add a 32-footer to the CCX Series next year. While it won’t be ready for a 2015 Miami International Boat Show debut, it will be finished by spring, according to Joe Schaldenbrand.

“The 32 CCX is right between the 29 and the 34,” he said. “The 34 has a 10-foot beam, and the 29 has an eight-foot beam. The 32 will have a nine-foot beam. It’s going to have the same cabin and top as the 34, but the boat will just be a couple of feet smaller.

Sunsation Exceeds Expectations At LOTO!


Sunsation Powerboats showed strong at this year’s Shootout at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Four Sunsation boats each captured the win in their specific class.

Ron Kolker pushed his Sunsation 28SSR with a single Merc 520 to take the top spot in the NV2F Class at 75 MPH.

Jeff Casebier captured the win in the MV4F Class with the 36SSR, running staggered twin Merc 525’s. Top speed was recorded at 90 MPH.

Company President, Wayne Schaldenbrand took the win in the MV352B Class with a 32XRT sporting twin Merc 496HOs at 85 MPH.

Sunsation Partner, Jared Morris running his new 34CCX with triple Verado 350s walked away with the win in the MV03F class at 82 MPH.

This was the 24th annual running of the Shootout, the largest unsanctioned boat race in the country and a record for Sunsation Powerboats in the number of wins in any single event.

Performance Boats…Hot in New Hampshire!

sunsation-center-console-fishing-boats-powerboat-sales-manufacture-boats-new-hampshire1After many years of running their 24′ Baja on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesauke, Arthur Gaudet and Joanna Rousseau recently took possession of a new Sunsation 288 Sport Performance boat.

High performance boats have always been popular on the 72 square mile body of water in central New Hampshire with owners of various sport boat brands running their craft for bragging rights throughout the summer.


Purchased new in 1988, the couple decided to retire the Baja this year and looked to upgrade their boating experience with a more modern hull design and the latest in Mercury power technology. They chose the Sunsation 288 with 8.2 MerCruiser and Bravo 1X drive. The boat tested at over 65 mph before it left Michigan.



“Our purchase with Sunsation was, just as Mitch told us it would be…”The best boat buying experience you’ll ever have.” stated Arthur. “Everyone we dealt with was friendly and easy to work with from the dealer to guys in the shop to the driver who deliveried our boat to New Hampshire. They were willing to accommodate requests and take all our calls with questions.”

The boat was built to the couple’s specifications and has a custom paint job by Mitcher “T”. It has Livorsi premium gauges and a fantastic sounding Fusion digital sound system. The two said ” She runs like a dream and is a perfect boat for our lake. The space provided with the mid-cabin open bow model was just what we were looking for. We are impressed with the high quality of the build and the attention to detail is amazing.”

“Arthur always said that someday if we didn’t have the Baja we’d purchase a Sunsation”, said Joanna. “We are thrilled that Someday is not only here now, but is also the name of our new boat.”

Deja Blue in Blue Hawaii

sunsation-center-console-fishing-boats-dutka-story2When Greg Dutka and his wife Susan, both career officers in the U.S. Army received orders to station in Hawaii, they shuddered at the thought of leaving their prized 32 Dominator SS behind in Texas.

They regularly ran the boat at Lake Travis in Austin, Texas and recently participated in the Texas Outlaw Challenge Poker Run in Galveston Bay.


“While we could not see living in Hawaii without a boat”, said Greg, “We were aware of the challenges we might face of shipping the boat, storing it trailored on the island, and finding mechanics familiar with high performance boats.” The advantages included not having to sell or store our treasured Sunsation and the year-round sunshine and warm water is ideal for dolphin, whale and turtle watching The advantages won, and we made the decision to ship her to Oahu. “


Now, after eight weeks of running the boat in Hawaiian waters, Greg and Susan realize that they made the right choice.

“Most weekends you can find us out running the leeward coast from Waikiki to Ko Olina or lounging at the Sandbar in Kaneohe Bay”, says Greg. “There are only a handful of performance boats in Hawaii, with the predominance being fishing and diving boats as well as sailboats and large yachts. Our Sunsation tends to turn heads at the ramp and out on the water.

sunsation-center-console-fishing-boats-dutka-story1The Dutkas are planning a day trip from Oahu to Maui later this season when the Molokai Channel, notorious for large swells and big wave conditions settles down a bit.

“The deep hull design of our SS, and big block power of the Merc 496HO’s with Bravo 1x drives make easy work of climbing a head sea or staying ahead of a following sea.” says Greg. “Waves of 4-6 feet are common and at times 7-8 with offshore swells generally force us to slow down and work the tabs and throttles more than we would in lake or bay boating. However, I’ve never felt as if I’ve run out of boat or power for the conditions.”

sunsation-center-console-fishing-boats-dutka-story1The Dutkas current plan is to ship the 32 Dominator SS back to the Mainland at the end of their three year tour and pick back up with their lake boating lifestyle.

“Susan and I are looking at Hawaii as a “life after the military” location to settle down, says Greg. “Given the predominance of outboard powered boats and the usual sea conditions in the islands, we have the 34CCX in mind as our next boat. The more simple salt-water maintenance of outboards and the wider beam may be the most conducive to island boating, while still having the styling and engineering of Sunsation.”

Sunsation Powerboats welcomes Unriehl Sunsation!


Sunsation Powerboats welcomes Unriehl Sunsation to our family of quality Sunsation dealers. Unriehl Sunsation is the latest expansion of Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, one of the nation’s largest automotive dealerships based in Warren, Michigan. A family owned and operated business, Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group represents three generations of automotive professionals serving the Metro Detroit communities.

First established as a Chrysler boat dealership in 1968 by patriarch Jim Riehl, Sr., the company experienced immediate growth and continued to expand throughout the years. This initial success lead to the establishment of a Chrysler automotive dealership. Today, Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group represents six major automotive brands that include, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep and Honda.

Going back to their marine roots, Unriehl Sunsation is the company’s newest dealership, offering exclusively the Sunsation Powerboat line of performance sport and center console boats.” My dad, owns a Sunsation 34CCX and my brother, Joe owns a 36XRT” states youngest son and Unriehl Sunsation General Manager, Jeff Riehl. “Our family’s experience with the performance and quality of our Sunsation boats led us to the conclusion that Sunsation was truly a boat worth owning and would be a great offering to our customers.”

Click on the Sunsation Models page to view the inventory currently available at Unriehl Sunsation. For more information contact Jeff Rhiel at 586-979-8900 or

Sunsation 29 CCX Review: Little Big Boat


Having driven the Sunsation 28’ Intimidator many times during my days as an editor/writer for now-defunct Powerboat magazine, I have to admit I had high expectations for the Algonac, Mich., company’s new 29 CCX center-console when I got my hands it at this year’s Miami International Boat Show.

I also have to admit I had a few reservations. The 29 CCX is based on the 28’ Intimidator hull, and that 28-footer is like of those longtime friends you hold special in your memory. With such friends, change isn’t always welcome. I wasn’t so sure I’d appreciate an aquatic sportscar dressed up as an SUV.

The good news? By using the hull of the 28’ Dominator as the foundation for the 29 CCX, the builder was able create an exciting new model that blends sportboat handling and performance with center-console versatility.

“We went with that hull for the 29 CCX because it’s a proven hull,” explained Joe Schaldenbrand of Sunsation. “So what you have is a sportboat lower hull combined with a center-console deck. It works so well. It’s a true ‘sport console.’

“The addition of the 29 CCX was fueled by our dealers,” he continued. “After we released the 34 CCX—we created a completely new hull for that one—they told us they would like something smaller, something in the low $100,000 range. I would call the 29 an ‘entry-level’ boat, but one that presents a lot of value for the money.”

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Sunsation’s 29CCX Debuts In Miami


Sunsation Powerboats debuted its newest model in their line of Center Cabin Sports Activity Boats at the Marriott Sea Isle Marina during the Miami International Boat Show. Company owners Joe & Wayne Schaldenbrand, Jared Morris & Kyle Miller were on the docks, providing test drives in both the 34CCXF and new 29CCX.

Sunsation dealers Mindi Doller (Doller Offshore Marine), Mitch Kaplin (Captain’s Choice Boats) and Jeff Huebner & Randy Wild (Lake Ozark Marine) were also on hand to answer questions and provide tours to the many fans and enthusiasts visiting the Sunsation exhibit.

The new 29CCX (Center Cabin X-treme) comes standard with twin 150HP Merc 4-stroke outboards and has many of the same features as the 34CCXF, at a starting price of only $ 129,000.

Matt Truilio, publisher of Speed on the Water digital magazine and technical editor Bob Teague put the 29CCX through its paces in a test drive on Biscayne Bay along with Jared Morris. Teague pushed the boat up to 59 mph with all three men on board and was impressed with the boat’s performance and handling.

Sunsation dealer Mindi Doller was amazed at the boat’s fuel economy after her experience stating, “Average miles per gallon: 4! I have not had to spend a minute at the fuel dock!”

To find out more about Matt and Bob’s test drive click here for the full story at

Taking It To Miami!


With only 21 days remaining before its debut at the Miami International Boat Show, the crew at Sunsation Powerboats are now in overdrive putting the final touches on the new 29 CCF, Center Console Fishing Boat. The new 29CCF has been designed as an entry point offering, boasting many of the same high-end features that have made the 34CCFX so phenomenally successful in its first year on the market.

“After the release of our 34CCXF last year, a lot of our customers and fans expressed an interest in a multi-purpose boat that would be ideal for full family outings and still maintain the ability for some serious fishing excursions, all at an affordable price. We have hit that mark with the 29CCF and look forward to everyone’s reaction at the Miami show.”, says Joe Schaldenbrand.

Premiering at a lower price point than other center consoles in its class, the new 29 CCF features an optimized hull design for maximum speed and fuel efficiency, with the base model powered by 150HP 4-stroke Mercs and with optional power upgrades available up to twin 250 Verados. Standard features will include, twin heavy duty marine batteries, dual bilge pumps, trim tabs, six low-profile pop up cleats, deck rails, stainless steel rub rails, McLeod interior, frosted cabin sky light, porta potty and Kenwood stereo with Polk speakers.

Length:29’ * Beam: 8’3” * Dead Rise: 24 Degree * Fuel Capacity: 110 gal. * Total Weight: 4200 lbs

Come by and see Sunsation’s new 29CCF, Center Console Fish boat in the water at Slip 229 at the Miami International Boat Show, February 13 – 17 or call Joe at Sunsation Powerboats @ 810-794-4888

New Sunsation 29CCX Underway!


With the successful launch of its very first center console, the 34 CCX, Sunsation is now underway with a another revolutionary center console offering, the 29 CCX. The new 29CCX is now in its final stage of tooling with the first boat scheduled to premier at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. Sunsation’s new 29CCX will be available at an entry level price point as part of the Team’s ongoing effort to provide the Sunsation Lifestyle to an ever broadening market of boating enthusiasts.

The new 29CCX will offer some of the same features as the 34CCX including an optimized hull designed for maximum speed and fuel efficiency, spacious cabin with integrated liner and ergonomically designed helm stand. The 29CCX console will feature a Sumbrella canvass T-top. While the 29CCX

While the 29CCX can maintain power applications of up to twin 250 Verados, the base model will arrive with twin 150 4-stroke Mercs that will provide plenty of horsepower while keeping the price affordable for many first time boat owners.

Check in with us each week as we report on the progress of the first 29CCX build and follow us all the way to the Miami International Boat Show beginning February 13, 2014.

To learn more about Sunsation’s incredible new center console contact or give him a call at 810-794-4888.


From styling to performance to functionality, Sunsation Boats’ 34 CCX is a solid offering


“From the initial sketches in Wayne Schaldenbrand’s notepad to the well-received debut of the 34 Center Cabin Xtreme (CCX) at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, has thoroughly enjoyed covering the evolution of Sunsation Boats’ first center console. A feature in our very first digital magazine (see “Sunsation’s Next Chapter,” May/June 2013) made that clear.

Yet the culmination of our coverage of the feature-filled 34-footer didn’t come until the end of this summer when Bob Teague and I took the company’s demo model—the first triple-engine 34 CCX (hulls eight and nine are currently in production with three engines)—for a ride on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.

Joining us was Schaldenbrand and Jared Morris, a new partner in the Algonac, Mich., company started by Schaldenbrand and his brother, Joe, 20-plus years ago. Unlike Teague, I had the opportunity to take a ride in the company’s twin-engine 34-footer at the Desert Storm Poker Run in April so I had a good basis for comparison. Sunsation dealer Lake Ozarks Marine brought the boat, which was powered by twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines, to the popular poker run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and company representative Ed Champion took me for a ride.”

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Sunsation Powerboats Launches its incredible 34′ CCXF Fishing Center Console!


Visit Team Sunsation and Doller Offshore next week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for a first-hand look at Sunsation’s new cutting-edge 34 CCXF Fishing Center Console.

With the proven performance and handling characteristics of the Sport 34 CCX, the new 34 CCXF has been designed with both the tournament and weekend angler in mind. 40 gallon capacity live well, extended length fish boxes and custom rocket launchers are just a few of the features available. Mercury’s new Joy Stick Piloting is also an available option that will be offered as a free promotion during the show.

Owned by Captains’ Choice of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the new 34 CCXF will be on display at the In-Water Hi-Performance Dock at the Bahia Mar Marina and ready for a test drive.

Join us later in the week to see the 34 CCX and other Sunsation models in action during Florida Powerboat Club’s 21st Annual Key West Poker Run Nov. 7th through 10th.

The 34 CCX will be on display at the Conch Republic in Key West for an up-close and personal look at all the features that make this boat truly the premier SUV on the water. Compliments of Ed Champion of Lake Ozark Marine, Osage Beach, Missouri.


Sunsation Featured in Speed On The Water: “Sunsation Boats Begins Work on New 29 CCX”


On the drawing board since before the company unveiled its first center console earlier this year—the 34 CCX—Sunsation Boats recently started tooling up its second center-console offering, the 29 CCX. Targeted to hit a lower price point yet still retain the appealing features of its 34-foot sibling such as the stylish T-top, oversized cabin in the console and sleek lines, the new 28-foot, 8-inch model will be available in a single- or twin-engine configuration.

“We’ve had a lot of customer interest for a boat a little smaller and more affordable than the 34 CCX,” said company founder Wayne Schaldenbrand. “The bottom of the 29 CCX is based on our sportboat hull. We’re stretching it a little at the back to give it that integrated transom. We’re creating all-new tooling for the 29 and it will have an integrated liner in the cabin just like the 34.

“Think of it as a smaller version of the 34 CCX, just shrunk down a little,” he continued. “We believe a lot of our existing clientele will be interested in the boat. We’re going to make a gallant effort to keep it affordable without sacrificing any quality.”

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Sunsation Featured in Powerboat Magazine


“In short, the F-4 left even the most experienced drivers on our team just short of giddy with its spectacular all-around quality , driving feel, and performance. just as the the 28′ and 32′ before it, the 43′ breaks water a certified superstar.”


Sunsation Featured in Poker Runs America


“Poker Runs America introduces its first-ever Innovative Model of the Year Award, recognizing a single boat manufacturer that has pushed the envelope in first-rate design, tooling, functionality and of course, practicality. Our team of expert boat testers and editors combed some of the largest shows in late 2012 and 2013 to determine the finalist. While it was tough, Sunsation Powerboats of Algonac, MI., claimed top honors with its 2013 34 Center Cabin X-Treme.”