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  1. Cobra 280 Python at the Los Angeles Boat Show!

    The Red 280 Venom from Cobra Boats is one of the sexiest boats I have ever seen. In a world of cats where at a distance it can sometimes be hard to tell what brand of boat it is, the Cobra stands out on its own.

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    The front details between the sponsons are not only unique but extremely pleasing to the eye. The detail in the hood mimicking oversized louvres fits right in with the theme of the solid windshield and the high body lines through the cockpit area and...
  2. Advantage 29 X Flight at the Los Angeles Boat show!

    Advantage came back to the LA Boat show for the first time in 5 years! For some reason to me it seems like it's been longer than that but I'd take Bob's word for it. They brought this lime green 29 X Flight as a single boat display and it definitely got a lot of attention from Family buyers.

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    The one thing about the X Flight is it's considerably "deeper" than all the other decks out there and that basically stems from the idea that it is based off a Vee...
  3. Eliminator 28 Speedster at the Los Angeles Boat Show!

    The Silver "Muscle Car" inspired 28 Speedster. This boat had a definite "Muscle Car" / Old Nascar theme going on with the gel. Everything from the two stripes on the deck that said "Speedster" on it to the single rear stripe in the rear. Eliminator is very familiar with doing "Nascar" and race themed boats..

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    We all remember the Nascar series they did back in the day. This was probably the best looking boat in that "style" that I have seen yet, and I think they...
  4. All New 355 Nordic "Long Deck" True Tunnel at the Los Angeles Boat Show

    The new 355 Long Deck Nordic.

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    The boat was tooled by Nordic's GM Thane and is built from scratch. Honestly the boat was more of an experiment and Thane did things that he thought would work that are typically different than the usual trains of thought. Wide Sponsons and a Narrow tunnel? There was a lot of people speculating how it was going to work after the initial photos were released on RDP.

    Well The boat ran 117 mph right out of the box and they haven't...
  5. Howard 255 VTX - Merc 520

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    Howard recently completed and delivered their latest 255 VTX with a Merc 520! As you are going to see in the video the entire point of this boat is "Fun!" So many boat companies are caught up in keeping up with the Jone's (Ironically a lot of them are trying to keep up with Howard), that they tend to forget why we all got into this to begin with!

    The 255 VTX snaps on plane, and is a nimble deckboat that would be just as...
  6. Howard 255 VTX - Vee Tunnel Crossover - The Ultimate Dual Sport

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    I have a famous line that I've used my whole life that basically amounts to "Don't try to get something that is good at everything, because you will end up with something that isn't great at anything." I can honestly say that has served me well my whole life, right up until I crossed paths with the VTX.

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    Mike Willen set out on a goal to create a boat that was a true "dual sport" boat. He wanted something that he could take...
  7. Rick and Carry's Brentner's 26 RPM

    I have been slacking off for awhile and falling behind on some of our content on RDP lately. I have had a lot going on with the development of the new site, kids going back to school and a host of other things going on in life. For the last month though every night when I go to bed, and every morning when I get up, I can't help but think about this boat that I filmed a little while back. So I give to you this weeks feature boat.

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    I have always been...
  8. Nordic 43' Enforcer - First Ride - First Impressions

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    The phone has been ringing off the hook over at Nordic Boats. All the major media players wanted first crack at this 43' Enforcer with the 1350's. It's an extremely rare boat, It's got great power in it, and to put it to you straight it's drop dead sexy. It's not just the media that was curious about this build, ever since the Lugo trailer was parked where it was visible to the public it has been the talk of the town. About twice a week I'd go to lunch...
  9. 6th Annual Billy B River Rocket Show Part 2!! Three Featured Boats You can't miss!

    Words and Photos : Jason Miller (Constant840)

    With so many understated and over the top boats at the 6 th Annual Bill B River Rockets Boat Show it was difficult to pick only a few that really stood out to me. However, almost immediately there were two that caught my eye.

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    The first was a beautiful shovel nose hydro I watched idle in. The second a Cole TR2 sporting a familiar name near the cockpit.

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  10. "Out of Control" A 40' Skater like you've never seen

    Images by : Tommygun Photographics - www.tommygunimages.com
    Words by : RiverDave

    I have a friend named Cliff (American Offshore Powerboats) that off and on over the course of a year has told me about his friends "Crazy Skater" that I need to go check out. After a few photos texted, and a conversation with Al Burns the owner I decided to do just that.

    Tom and I jumped in the "Photo wagon" at 4:30 am to leave out of Havasu and head towards...
  11. 28 American Offshore this weeks RDP Featured Boat!

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    I gotta admit sometimes owning RDP has its privileges and this last Sunday was no exception being that we got to demo the American Offshore 28' Deck Boat! I have to say we were very impressed! Factoring in the price point and I'm sure it will leave a few of the members scratching their heads as to why one isn't parked in their garage already!

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    Now this is a typical "RDP" style article, meaning that if we are going to demo a boat...
  12. 10 Minutes in the Nordic 24 SX - First Impressions

    So as you guys saw in the first video, Dean Acton and I took out the Nordic 24 SX over Thanksgiving weekend. This is the video and my impressions of the boat after driving it for a little over 10 minutes. To clarify that, this wasn't a boat test where I was mashing the throttle to measure acceleration #'s or anything like that, just a casual ride up the river and back to check out the boat. I drove it no different then I would drive a friends boat with them in it, which is to...
  13. Nordic goes after Pontoon Market with a 26 and a 350 Verado

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    It's no secret that the new luxury Pontoon's have taken a major chunk out of the performance boat Market. We have watched quite a few board members switch from High Performance Cats and Vee's make the switch just for sheer functionality purposes. They are great to party on, family friendly, and you can run them up on any beach that you feel like without being overly worried about a hidden rock in the sand doing damage.

  14. 100 MPH / 100,000'ish dollars.. But with a Small Block?

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    As we progress forward into the "modern era" of performance boating, it's my opinion that you are going to see a lot more boats running small block power then ever before. They are lighter, more compact, and with the new LS series platforms are putting out phenomenal torque and HP numbers. Ilmor has embraced the LS Architecture with their new MV8-570!

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  15. Howard 288 On the Water

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    I wrote a first impressions article of the new Howard 288 the first issue of our new online magazine a little over a month ago. I am going to recap some of what we covered in that article just in case you missed it, as well to make it easier to reference a single article in the future. The Howard 288 is a prime example of modern day evolution from a boat company that is never satisfied with the "Status Quo." Many already consider the Howard Sport...