Recently, I met a man named Bob Stanfield from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, who undoubtedly owned my dream custom boat. It appears in this issue under the title "Blown Income" and is one of the nicest 21-foot Schiada V-drives I have ever seen. The way the blower motor looked sticking way above the deck surfaces and how the boat's polished cavitation plate assembly appeared with its billet aluminum and stainless hardware was enough to make me flip my lid. Closer inspection revealed a host of billet goodies inside the interior, and the classic lines of this boat complemented by the blue and yellow colors over a white basecoat kept me analyzing this craft for hours.
Right down to the trailer, this package was a masterpiece, as the triple-axle hauler rode on custom billet wheels, low-profile rubber, and sported stainless fenders and frenched custom lighting. There was detail everywhere the eye wandered while looking over this boat. It was truly finished and meticulously maintained.
After the sun dipped behind the hills on the evening I photographed Bob's boat and Todd Taylor's lifted Excursion, I left the photo shoot inspired. I was inspired by a boat that is so intensely detailed you could eat off any of its surfaces. Photographing that boat and looking over all its cool details made me strive to improve a few things on my own 19-foot Hallett jet boat and work toward making it look as cool and perfect as Bob's Schiada. That boat also gave me inspiration to put the goal of owning one just like it at the top of my priority list. It's remarkable how something made of fiberglass can motivate someone to work harder and chase a dream. The same goes for anything people have their hearts set on. Sometimes all it takes is a tangible example of that dream to remind us how much we want it and motivate us to go out and make it happen. Bob's boat did that for me. Until next month, keep chasing those dreams, cranking good tunes (such as The Cult and Aerosmith), and cruising until your heart's content.