“They did a really thorough job walking us through things,” Anita says. “The techs there are so knowledgeable. They’ll come right out and take care of whatever needs to be done. And we’ve got Brian on speed dial for ﬁshing questions. He’s the best.”
These days, Ray is retired, having sold his successful Harley-Davidson business in Colorado about four years ago. Since then he and Anita have made boating and fishing their full-time passion. Asked if he still works, Ray cheerfully responds: “Fishing is the work!”
Their house is right on a deep-passage canal with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and its healthy gameﬁsh population. They keep the Outrage on a lift so it’s ready to go whenever they get the urge to drop a line. With more than 200 hours on the Whaler’s engines, it’s safe to say the urge strikes often.
A typical run involves heading 60 miles or farther oﬀ the coast, stopping here and there to catch bait before hitting deep water. They usually bring friends along and make a day of it. “We go for grouper, snapper… Porgies are my favorite. We haven’t gotten any tripletail yet but I’d like to try for those,” Anita says, adding that they’ll gladly eat what they catch. “We keep the keepers!”
In between fishing trips, the couple enjoys cruising the Intracoastal Waterway to places like Tarpon Point. Anita raves about the comfort-minded amenities that make the 330 Outrage as well-suited for leisurely afternoons as it is for grappling with grouper.
“There are so many nice things about it, like the awning over the bow. You can drop anchor and relax while staying out of the hot sun,” she says. “We instantly liked all the features, really. Especially the Joystick Piloting.”
The joystick makes negotiating tight waterways and crowded marinas easier. It also aids in sliding the Outrage into its lift at the end of the day.
Once they’ve had their ﬁll of activity and tucked their Whaler in for the night, Ray and Anita often kick back beside their pool, which overlooks the canal. There, they can toast to another perfect Florida winter, and dream about Colorado summers to come.