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
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 speedonthewater.com after the boat gets back from the paint shop.
Sunsation Powerboats Makes Waves In Key West
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.
Countdown to Key West: Newest 34 CCX Models from Sunsation Set for Poker Run
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!
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
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.
“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.”
“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 email@example.com
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 SpeedOnTheWater.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, speedonthewater.com 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.”
Read the full story here: http://www.speedonthewater.com/new-boats-engines/1584-sunsation-boats-begins-work-on-new-29-ccx
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.”