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  1. Absolutely Killing It

    View attachment 597391 Pulling up to the back of Absolute Speed and Marine's shop in Lake Havasu, the first thing you'll notice is the truly awe-inspiring amount of boats they're working on at any given time. Their bays are crammed full of customers' boats, and their gated parking contains barely enough room to maneuver them in and around the lot. Then there's the alley behind the shop, which typically contains ten or more boats...
  2. DCB Sets a New Standard of Safety



    [FONT=&amp]Contact:[/FONT][FONT=&amp] Dave Hemmingson[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]1468 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020[/FONT]
    [FONT=&amp]619-442-0300, [/FONT][FONT=&amp]dave@dcbracing.com[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]Dave's Custom Boats Includes Performance Boat Course With Purchase[/FONT]

    [FONT=&amp]EL CAJON,...
  3. Lucas Oil and Ilmor Marine!

    View attachment 597361 It was thirteen months ago at the Desert Storm street fair, that the entire Lucas Team made a very big splash introducing their "Marine Line" of Oil products. The heart of the company chemist Mark N. was in attendance, Brian S, and even the founder Forrest Lucas came out to the West Coast meccas of boating "Havasu."

    For months Brian and I planned every detail of the street fair, from random swag we were going to hand out (7,000 koozies, shirts,...

    View attachment 597348 After a twenty year hiatus, DRAG RACING HAS RETURNED TO IRVINE LAKE!!

    20 Years ago on April 22nd 1985 a Drag Boat driven by Jim Lange ran ashore and into the crowd ultimately killing a 9 year old girl Brandy Branchflower. There was a heated debate between the drivers and what was the NDBA (National Drag Boat Association) over who was to blame for the accident. The drivers claimed the course was unsafe, the NDBA claimed it was driver error. From...
  5. Watching the Trends in Performance Boating

    It's interesting to sit back and watch the trends of boaters from the sidelines. Ten or eleven years ago if you had a deck boat people on the lake and the river would look at you sideways like you were driving a "pontoon" or something. That View attachment 597255 quickly changed as the Conquest got more popular as a deck with Cat type performance and lots of other manufacturers capitalized on Nescher's vision by coming out with their own versions (almost all with the same...
  6. Less Than Professional

    You'll remember back to my first article titled Welcome to the Front Page, that I said I was tired of trying to hammer our oblonged shape of RDP into an round or a square peg. That's going to lead me into this article titled "Less than Professional."

    The other day I had a very long conversation with Jeff (Havasu Hangin) on the phone, and we talked about all...
  7. Where's the Gel? A muddy little secret

    View attachment 597146 The idea of gel coat suppliers, and what impact that has on the industry is really pretty foreign to most average boaters. Most boaters couldn't tell you what brand of gel was used in the making of their boat, and truth be told most wouldn't care to know. If you are in the market for a new boat, you design your graphics, pick your colors, and that's the last thought regarding gel coat you will have... Until it comes time for a repair, which brings us to...
  8. 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...
  9. 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....
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...