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Hydro Sponsor Becomes Owner

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--For businessman Scott Meyers, the engine has been running for more than 40 years.

"It's a 46-year-old dream right now," mentions Meyers. I've lived here (Tri-Cities) my whole life. All I can remember as a kid was that was the highlight of my year."

Meyers owns what the American Powerboat Association (APBA) calls a 2.5 Stock Hydroplane. It's the sister series to the Unlimited Lights you'll see July 25th-27th.

If you want to see Scott's hydro in action, just head to Pateros, north of Chelan on Saturday, August 16th.

Meyers purchased the hydroplane  in late 2007 from the east coast. He says the original owner suffered a heart attack and named the boat after the fire department that saved his life...Engine 81. But it too needed some rehabilitation.

"All the hardware was rusted and so on," says Meyers. So, we stripped the boat completely down, started from scratch and kind of rebuilt it all and it turned out really, really well."

Sponsoring a hydro, Meyers adds, doesn't compare to owning one. He no longer needs to step into character.

"You get to act like an owner, but you know your not," explains Meyers. Nobody else knows, so yeah, you feel really important and you don't have any idea what you're doing."

Initially, Scott's wife Jessica, thought buying the hydro would be risky. She's now excited.

"He's very competitive, likes competition," adds Jessica Meyers. So, I thought this would be a good avenue. It would be here at the shop."

Until it is ready to hit the water.
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