July 11, 2014 – Clearwater, FL – MarineMax announced today they have partnered with Boston Whaler to be a major sponsor of the Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament, which will be held July 16 – 19 in Key West. MarineMax and Boston Whaler will also enter a team in the competition. The Drambuie Key West Tournament is a featured event during the famous Hemmingway Days.
The MarineMax Fishing Team will work with Boston Whaler’s Captain Wil Rogers on the all-new for 2014 Boston Whaler 345 Conquest which was a 2014 NMMA Innovation Award winner at the Miami International Boat Show.
“MarineMax is proud to be a part of this great event and we are also excited to showcase Boston Whaler’s hardcore fishing capabilities and compete with the big boys,” explained MarineMax’s Captain Travis Fraley. “And the 345 Conquest combines a great riding offshore hull with awesome fishability that any fishing enthusiast would love to own. Add the creature comforts of an air conditioned helm area and a generous cabin and we can fish all day without a lot of stress. Boston Whaler has created an awesome offshore predator that knows how to play nice.”
The Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament has a storied history starting with the inaugural event in 1982 with 92 boats and over 400 anglers. Through the years the tournament has evolved to a modified release format. In 1992, the tournament committee created penalties for killing a marlin weighing less than 600 pounds, making the Drambuie the first major marlin tournament to be a release tournament. The unique scoring system of the Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament keeps all the boats in position to win up to the final day. This has created some exciting finishes over the last 16 years since these rules were implemented.