PDB Forum Member Spotlight

Captain Tony

Published in the August 2014 Issue August 2014 Forum Member Spotlight

We are excited to introduce you to Tony Vaccaro, aka Captain Tony on our forum. He has years of boating experience and makes a wonderful addition to our forum family.


1. What kind of boat do you currently own?

We currently have a 2005 Summit by Triton Boats. The 22-footer is powered by a Mercury OptiMax 115hp DFI outboard. We have a few other boats from over the years, including a 1973 Sea Ray 20-foot runabout.


2. What is your favorite thing about it?

 My favorite thing about the three-tube Summit is that with this one boat we can take the place of the bay boat for pulling the kids tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding and trick skiing, along with long cruises and just plain family get-together fun. All these activities used to require more than one vessel and it’s our objective to sell off a few boats to make life a little simpler.


3. Share a fun/exciting boating memory.

A number of years ago we were on the Lake of the Ozarks in our 20-foot Sea Ray and we rescued a 19-foot Coast Guard boat whose engine had quit. There was a bad storm (tornado warnings were out) and the wind was clocked at 55 mph on the lake. The water was rough enough to produce two- to four-foot waves with whitecaps, while we towed the Coast Guard boat with two officers aboard into a marina—about eight miles by water. We got a commendation.


4. Where do you typically boat?

We predominantly boat at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. It is a 130-mile-long impoundment with 1300 miles of shoreline. It is beautiful and can be exciting when the “Wally Weekenders” are out in force. We usually stay at the dock over holidays when they are cutting up the water. I always say, “You can buy any boat you think will go 85 mph as long as you make the payments, but you can’t buy common sense at any price.”


Read Captain Tony’s full interview at www.pdbmagazine.com/forum.

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