From June to August, there’s no better place than Michigan for a high performance powerboat owner. If you live in the Detroit metro area, you have Lake St. Clair and the beautiful waters of the St. Clair River right in your backyard. Head north and you’ll eventually find yourself on Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City, the home of the annual epic Boyne Thunder Poker Race. For big beautiful water, you have Lake Michigan. For milder times, small waterways such as Torch Lake and Clam Lake abound.
Byrne and Hope Harmon are thrilled with their new Nor Tech 390 Sport Console, which they took delivery of earlier this month.
But then there are the other 40 weeks of the year when, for all intents and purposes, Michigan boating comes to a standstill and Michiganders such as Byrne and Hope Harmon, with time and means, take their act of navigating the southwest Florida route. The Harmons, who live just outside of Grand Rapids and work in the commercial construction industry, have a second home in Tierra Verde.
When they bought their home in the adjacent community in St. Petersburg a few years ago, the Harmons owned a 2006 model year Cigarette 39 Top Gun sportboat with 800 horsepower supercharged engines. They kept the cigarette in Michigan and ended up buying a 26-foot Sea Hunt center console to keep it at their home in Florida.
“I loved this cigarette, but the fan motors needed a lot of maintenance,” said Byrne Harmon. “A few weeks after buying the Sea Hunt, my brother and sister and other family members got off. We had about 10 people on the boat on a trip to Anna Marie Island and my wife said, “I love this boat. What’s wrong with that?
“I said, ‘Yeah, but it’s too small for me,'” he continued. “But I figured if I ever bought a 39ft center console it would be a Nor-Tech – I love the lines and the look. So I sold the cigarette and ordered one .
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The Harmons purchased the 39-foot Titan Gray and Black through Great Lakes Nor-Tech dealership American Custom Marine of Kimball, Michigan. Michael Knoblock, the owner of the multi-brand dealership, delivered the boat to the couple in Michigan earlier. this month.
“Mike follows up on everything and he’s very knowledgeable,” said Byrne Harmon. “You can reach him anytime and if you miss him he will always call you back. Building a boat like this is like building a house, and Mike really took the time to help my wife choose interior colors.
“We had seen it during a visit to Nor-Tech, but that was when the boat was not all together,” he continues. “As soon as Mike arrived and we found out, my wife was like, ‘I love it.’ Mike said, ‘That’s always a good sign.’
Although not entered for this year’s Boyne Thunder Poker Run, the Harmons plan to catch the event in early July with their new 39-footer. They would also like to take him to the Lake of the Ozarks in late August to catch the annual Lake of the Ozarks shootout.
Says Byrne Harmon, “Now I have a boat that I can use in Michigan and Florida, or anywhere.”
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