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A family affair at Hydrofest

Scott and Shannon Raney, along with their daughter, Emily, own the 'U-11', their boat used for racing this weekend at Hydrofest.

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Meet the Raney's: Scott, Shannon and Emily. Together they own the 'U-11', their boat used for racing this weekend at Hydrofest, and they've done this for a long time.

"This would be my 22nd season racing," said Emily. "I don't know if I can count...at least number 50. Wouldn't change a second of it."

So, how did this tradition begin?

"Several of the teams I worked on in my career, there were families involved, and it just seemed like a natural thing," said Scott. "When we started our own team, it was just a very natural thing to include our family."

But make no mistake, it's not just limited to these three.

"Our kids, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts are involved and my parents are involved and they all contribute in their own little way," said Scott.

What's unique about this family is that you don't need a certain last name to be considered a member.

"Our team is our family now also," said Scott. "We spend so much time with all the guys and the girls on the team, that they're our family also."

"I think this is the best thing in the world to have this as a family affair because we have this crew of 10 to 15 guys that I get as extra dads or extra uncles that if I have an emergency, or if I need anything, I can call my uncles and they'll be there for me in a second," said Emily. "They'll do anything for me and I'll do anything for them. I think it's just a beautiful thing to have a family like this," she said.

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