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  1. Celebrating a Hero

    Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy. Writing about it is even worse.
  2. Mercury Racing Unveils New V8 450R!

    Four years ago Mercury Racing reinvented the performance outboard market with the release of their six cylinder supercharged 2.6L Verado 400R four stroke outboard engine. The performance outboard market had previously and popularly been utterly dominated by high output, and often high maintenance, two-stroke outboard engines. Mercury Racing’s new four-stroke powerhouse meant boaters could now reap all the benefits of a high performance outboard without the finicky characteristics of the...

    To Jerry Barron, it seems like an eternity. That’s the way nearly all built-from-scratch new boats
    seem to go, never as expeditiously as initially planned or hoped. And making the challenge
    even larger is the fact that Barron Boats didn’t even exist ten months ago.

    (Exterior styling is definitely original. Modern with clean contours accentuated with
    appropriate gelcoat graphics.)
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    “Starting a new boat company and building a totally new model at the same time is...
  4. Barron Boats Press Release! - "RDP Exclusive!"


    An Industry Familiar Name Readies for the Release of a New Line-Up of Deckboats and Center Consoles

    Sometimes when one door closes, another one opens. And so it is with Jerry Barron, son of now deceased southern California boat building icon, Nick Barron of Hallett Boats.

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    After more than four decades in the boating industry, Jerry Barron has taken the leap into boat manufacturing for himself...
  5. RDP Boat Tests are coming Back and with a FURY!

    I am excited to announce that we are getting back into both Boat Tests! RiverDavesPlace.com is traditionally recognized as a lifestyle website. That's not to say that we haven't put out some of the best and most accurate boat tests in the industry to date! That's to say we didn't put out very many of them or follow up with further tests.

    It's time that we put our best foot forward and start putting out some of the desired technical content that is not only desired by the members, but...
  6. Iguana Marine! New Service and Repair shop in Lake Havasu!

    Meet the Owner Robert Lankford and Service Director Mike Morris of Iguana Marine located on Industrial Blvd here in Lake Havasu City. Best friends since high school, Robert and Mike grew up in Southern California. Since childhood, Lake Havasu has always been a favorite playground for the two. Through the years, their friendship has made them inseparable.

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    Robert and Mike both joined the military right out of high school. After serving their country with...
  7. Chase Chapell's new M31 with 860's!! - SICK!!

    Before I get started with this, I'd like to offer a small apology with Tony and Jeff. They sent me this boat for an RDP "Exclusive", and I have been so busy with "life" that I didn't get it up until right now.

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    That being said, lets take a look at Dave Chapell's new M31! I have to say I recently had the absolute pleasure of going out in a 31 / 860 boat, and if I was building an Inboard DCB, I think this exact package would be the one....
  8. Legend Performance Marine - New Dealer and Service Center in WA!

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    Legend Performance Marine is a new dealership in eastern Washington, just outside of Spokane, in a small town called Liberty Lake.

    The new owner, Chad Bixby, has always loved the high-performance boating industry. When it comes to Lake Havasu, Lake Mead, and Lake Powell, Chad is no stranger having visited them during the summers growing up. Who doesn’t fall in love with that lifestyle? For as long as he can recall, Chad has wanted to be a part of the boating...
  9. RDP Mercury Racing / Outboard Master Tech

    View attachment 597088 To the Members at RDP:

    I am the newest staff member of the RDP technical department. I will be providing periodic commentary and technical expertise on all things related to Mercury Marine.

    As the owner of Quality Performance Marine in Corona, California, a Mercury Authorized Sales and Service Center, I have maintained the level of Mercury Master Technician for over a decade. I have dealt with and successfully resolved thousands of Mercury related issues...
  10. Bob Jeanblanc - Marine Parts & installation expert

    View attachment 597090 My name is Bob Jeanblanc, I'm excited to be a part of RDP's new
    "tech"articles format. Many of you will remember me as I have managed Rex Marine and Dana Marine Products for the last 18 years. I bring with me an in depth knowledge of high performance marine hardware, manufacturing, sales and most importantly correct installation of those parts. I currently own
    and operate two companies; BJ's Marine and Recycle Performance.

    Boating is a true passion that I...
  11. Welcome to the Front Page

    I have had a few sleepless nights asking myself "What is RDP?" Is it strictly a community? Is it a media outlet or a news organization? I finally asked the membership the other day in a thread "What is RDP to you?" and was happy to hear the responses. It is to the membership, exactly what it is to me.

    The fact is RDP is a community, it is a media outlet, and yes it is a place where breaking news of all types (boating and ??) happens. As the site owner this has put me in...
  12. Happy Holidays from Prime Marine! Winter Storage

    View attachment 597119 I hope each one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that the boating season is starting
    to wind down and we head towards the Christmas holiday I thought I?d touch on a few topics that will help your boat through the winter.

    We all love our boats and all of us have to face that fact of storage for something that we only
    use a few times a year. Some of are fortunate to have the option to store indoors while other have to unfortunately keep the boat outside....
  13. B&D Marine - Engines, Drives, Rigging!

    View attachment 597131 My name is Brian Fetherolf. I began my career in the Marine Industry in
    1974 working for family friend John Kaiser. I started B&D Marine in June
    of 1990. B & D is a family run business with my son Dane, running the shop, with me overseeing both as well as hands on in the shop and office.

    I was introduced to boating at the age of 7 when my parents purchased their first boat, a 16? Glasspar, and made their first trip to Lake Havasu in 1963. Every summer since, Lake...