Written By Bob Brown
Dry Land Evaluation : Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine
Photos by : Dusty Wooddell (Primary) / Andrew Ruzek (Secondary) / Bob Brown (Back Up)
Fifty years ago Howard Custom Boats was all about setting drag boat speed records. Company founder/owner Howard Brown drove his 18' flatbottom SK hull, "How 'Bout That", through NDBA's quarter mile timing traps at an unheard of 137.82 miles an hour. A performance dynasty was officially in the making.
Today, a half century later, Howard is still on that dynasty track, just not in the world of drag boats. Some years ago, Howard Brown sold his boat building business to Gene Willen, a Howard customer with a penchant for getting things exactly right. And since then, with the expert contribution of his talented son Mike, the Willens have evolved Howard Boats into a finely honed custom boat manufacturing operation resulting in some of the most exceptional family high performance sportboat models the present-day marketplace has to offer.
So recently we put up an article that showed three very high profile jobs that all came into Ron's shop. This is the second installment of following those projects, and showing how they are coming along!
As discussed in the original article normally a repair of this size a shop would ask the manufacturer to lay up a section of the boat in the mold and then they would "graft" that new section onto the damaged area and gel to match. Because the manufacturer was so busy, they couldn't break their schedule of building boats to lay up an area so instead they sent a "donor" boat over that Ron's
It's no secret that I'm extremely passionate about boats (Particularly the performance type). It has always been more than just a casual interest, but rather more of a lifestyle, or even a bit of an obsession. It's weird how after you do something for so long that even the most exotic experiences can become "The Norm." 150+ mph rides start to not seem like a big deal, and going over boats that often times are approaching price tags for pretty
You might be wondering why I'm writing and posting the RDP New Years Resolutions on the 14th of January instead of the 1st. The answer to that is we all make New Years Resolutions for basically the same reason that we buy lottery tickets, it's to imagine what our life would be like with some major changes in it. In the case of resolutions we say things like "I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to quit smoking. I'm going to...". I suppose some small percentage of people make some kind of resolution and stick to it, but for the most part everyone goes back to their