Lee notes how impressed she is with the boat’s versatility: “You can take it oﬀshore, but you can still put it in 3 feet of water if you want to ﬁsh inland. It’s just so multifaceted.”
The Outrage’s performance characteristics come in handy when the Perkinses venture out into the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes more than 20 miles, in search of bigger fish and bigger thrills.
“Between the boat riding well and Bob’s longtime ability to drive an ocean, it’s phenomenal,” Lee says. “I remember the ﬁrst time in our 16-footer, cresting a big wave, my feet would come oﬀ the ﬂoor and I would squeal! I just love it.” Bob adds, “It’s not fun to ﬁsh in waves that tall, but it’s sure fun to ride in them.”
When conditions cooperate, they enjoy tracking down kingﬁsh and shark out on the Gulf. They have plans to go red snapper ﬁshing further down the coast toward Port Mansﬁeld. And when they get the chance, they’re overjoyed to bring their family along.
“We have grandkids who live in North Central Texas and who go ﬁshing with us about once a year,” Lee says. “To me that’s a big honor, when your grandkids want to hang out with you!” The Perkinses have been customers of Sail & Ski in San An-tonio since 1990, as they worked their way from a ski boat to a 16-foot Boston Whaler Dauntless, followed by a 19-foot Outrage, a 21-foot Outrage, a 24-footer, and ﬁnally the 230. They are quick to sing the dealership’s praises. “Sail & Ski is always right on top of things. They do great work,” Bob says.
He doesn’t leave them with much to take care of, though; the Outrage, like all of the Perkinses’ boats before it, gets bathed and washed religiously.
“If he can’t go out on the boat because it’s raining, he’ll go out and give it a little kiss,” Lee jokes before noting, “Bob is a fanatical perfectionist. These Whalers are just his dream because they don’t give him any trouble at all.”
Bob nods in agreement. “I’ve been boating for more than 50 years, so I know what boats can do and should do. That Whaler is tough to beat.”