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  1. Concept Marine Shop Tour

    Just a quick article on the shop tour we took down at Concept Speed and Marine mid last week!

    This is what the shop looked like when we pulled up.

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    The place was absolutely littered with Schiada's and bad ass boats. As we stepped inside there was a pretty good back drop for a video. A really nice V-drive Vector and a freshly gelled Twin Turbo Schiada River Tunnel....
  2. Cibola - Took a Detour to the Lower River!

    This Memorial Day weekend the Johnson klan made plans with some friends of ours "Kenny and Lindsay" to check out a section of the river I have always been curious about, "The Lower River." Kenny and Lindsay have a place in a quiet section of the river known as Cibola or better as "The Cibola Refuge." Their place is about a mile and a half from the infamous "Hippie Hole."

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    I wasn't sure if we should bring our boat or not as I have heard all kinds of...
  3. A lot of Dam Pictures! 2015 Dam Run Article

    The Dam Run is one of those events that has been going on for over a decade. It has been going on before RDP, and will likely be going on after RDP. It's a "good time" event with little to no organization, but to put it as someone did in the thread "It's amazingly organized for something that isn't organized." I am proud to say for the time being at least though that this years event was primarily organized entirely on RDP, and made up of it's members and members friends....
  4. Just Swinging by Advantage..

    I happened to drop by Advantage earlier this week so I figured I would take some pics of some pretty cool builds they have going on over there. First up they finally popped the giant 34 Deck Boat out of the mold and it's in Rigging! These boats are so massive it's hard to get the whole boat in a shot inside the building.



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    This is something I have never seen before. The...
  5. Boat Bling goes to Performance Boat Center!

    written by Zach Bale

    I was bit by the performance boating bug early on. Through Powerboat Magazine I studied the boat tests, offshore race reports and poker run articles for hours. In addition to the typical areas like Key West and Miami, there was a lake often documented in the magazine located in the Midwest that didn?t seem as picturesque yet somehow garnered just as much attention, Lake of the Ozarks. I often wondered what the attraction was to that inland lake 3 hours away from the...
  6. One Mile At A Time... Character Building In The Sands Of Baja

    It's just passed 4am on November 16th in Baja California. Our team, bedded down around a small crackling campfire, recharges it's weary batteries as the grim news comes in over the radio... Race number 842 is at zero miles per hour just shy of race mile 600. No radio contact from the race truck, just a blip from the spot tracker, an on board gps transmitter that pings a vehicle's location and speed amidst the expanse of the Baja Peninsula. This disheartening information is...
  7. Black Socks and Card Stops... The 2013 DCB Regatta

    As a frequent visitor to the lakes and waterways along the Colorado River it's nearly impossible to go to the water without hearing the adrenaline spiking sound of a high-horsepower big block as it thunders along the surface of my favorite stomping grounds. For all intents and purposes, Lake Havasu and surrounding areas is the birthplace of west coast performance boating. What started out as just some good old boys trying to one up their buddies each weekend in their...
  8. Dry Pipes, Nostalgia, Fun, and Sun... Billy B's River Rockets Show

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    For the majority of the boating community, seeing Labor Day come and go marks the end of summer and boating season. September means winterizing the boat, uncovering the sand and dirt toys and prepping for the cooler weather of the upcoming desert season. For the grass-roots performance boating enthusiast, however, September brings with it less crowded waters, great weather, and the true...
  9. Recalling the Storm... The Poker Run in Pictures

    A couple weeks ago I dug up the old Desert Storm file and talked a bit about the Street Fair and the activities surrounding it. This time around I'd like to select some photos of the Poker Run and Shootout and let the pictures do the talking. Desert Storm is a high octane weekend of fun people, fast boats, and great times. If you haven't already, be sure to mark this one on your calendar!

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  10. Damn the Dam Run! Part 2

    So now we are in the boats, my heart beat is about back to normal and our fearless leader Campbell Carl has arrived in Enen's 32 Schiada. The boats all came onto plane and we started heading north up the lake. The picture became very clear very quick that we might have come "underpowered" a little bit.. LOL These guys all dropped the sticks and set in at a nice cruising speed of 50 - 60 mph.. The mighty Volvo powered Whaler runs about 50 wide open.. Within minutes they were all...
  11. Damn the Dam Run! Part 1

    I have been hearing about the "Dam Run" on various forums for years now. I have always wanted to make one, but lets be honest it's hard to break out of my little shell called "Parker." It always came down to the choice of venture into the great unknown or hit a nice dinner and RoadRunner with my friends. This year it literally came down to the last minute, with me texting Racey that we are on our way to Parker and clear the path. Tom Bulger (TBulger on the boards) pulled rank...
  12. A Bar in Key West with Hammer!



    In a bar with Hammer somewhere in Key West FL!
  13. Hammer 4th of July Part 2!

    Saturday we were moving a little slow, well everybody but Nord, go figure . Lol... The idea had come up to hit Topock and Pirates Cove as neither Nord or I had been up there by boat. Stacy was the deciding factor and put her foot down and told us we were headed to Parker. Either way was fine with me and Dave had to meet up with somebody to pre run the enduro course to tentatively scout where the the buoys and turns were going to be laid out. We arrived to launch at pirates den and saw...
  14. Hammer 4th of July Part 1!

    This was probably the best holiday weekend I've had in a long time! Usually I'm in Parker for holiday weekends and since I've been out of town for most of last month, it was nice to be home in Havasu with no set agenda for 4 days.

    My holiday weekend started off with excitement as I got a call from my roommate (Awtum) letting me know she would be coming into town Tuesday night. I was excited because I hadn't seen her since before she was in terrible car accident a few months back. She had...
  15. Just Another Saturday for the Locals

    View attachment 597379 So we have lived out in Havasu for almost a year, and the picture is becoming clearer and clearer that I was grossly mistaken of what my life would be like in Havasu. Much like any other So Cal transplant you imagine living here, doing some work in the morning, hitting the lake in the afternoon. Finding a cove with the Mrs, Maybe a quick trip to Parker for a BBQ, spend the night and then head back? The logic is there, the lake is right down the street,...
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