The New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club (NJPPC) is comprised of more than 250 members all of whom make it one of the most prolific boat clubs. Aimed to attract members who are passionate about attending offshore races, poker runs and boat shows, their club is a sociable one. Members of with different types of boats are encouraged, and diversity is always welcomed. They strive to eliminate any feelings of discouragement and shun the idea of clubs for the privileged few. Although most of their members own high performance boats, there are some with other craft as well. The average boat owned by an NJPPC member is 32 feet.
In 1999, Dave Patnaude, along with co-founders Ray Patnaude, Bob Cleveland & Rick Engstrom, organized three poker runs and a radar shootout, all to prove the quality of events and secure the confidence of members. From there, the superiority of the club became well known and others were enticed to join. The NJPPC includes a Planning Committee that consists of 14 members all of whom help steer the club in the direction members would like to see. The agenda is always set based on member feedback. Like the club itself, the committee consists of owners of both larger and smaller boats, so all members are represented throughout the planning sessions.
NJPPC distinguishes itself from other organizations that are in business by producing large (and expensive) Poker Runs. NJPPC is a non-profit club that focuses on providing members with exciting and memorable events — including top-quality poker runs. Members are provided with the best boating experience for their dollar. The club is based on the philosophy to uphold a first-class mentality, which they do by serving full buffet breakfast and compete dinners at all of their events.
Safety is also a main priority for NJPPC. All of the club's events have the services of paramedics and divers on scene, equipped with any medical tools necessary. The club also enforces a strict lifejacket policy, requiring them to worn at all events.
Learn more about the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club at their website, njppc.com.
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