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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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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  5. "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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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.

  9. 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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    Thane, The...
  10. 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...
  11. Giving me Wood - 1994 "New Era" from Italy

    This is one of those boats that you have to kind of think outside the box to appreciate. It is pretty easy to get caught up in our West Coast scene and dialed in to what is cool, and what isn't, all the while forgetting the world is a big place and a lot of people are doing exceptionally cool things in it! This boat was recently purchased by a friend of mine Tim McDonald from OCM. When he told me about it I had to go down and see it for myself.

    I'd like to start with the boat...
  12. Eliminator 260 / Wake Edition

    My dad told me once "Dave get an off road car for offroad, and a street car for the street. If you get one that tries to do both, you will get one that isn't very good at either." I have listened to that logic for pretty much all of my life, and have always found it to be accurate. In short, I hate crossovers, hybrids, mixer matchers, because they are historically always halfassers.

    After this years Los Angeles Boat Show, I took a detour down to Eliminator to see Uncle Bob and...
  13. Howards new 288 OUT OF THE MOLD!!

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    This is the first new Howard 288!! This particular one is already sold! There is a blue one that will be available for July Delivery!

    This deck has a ton of innovative and cool features that haven't been done before. We'll start at the bow, you will notice there is no sliding doors on this one to block the wind. Instead a small section of the floor tilts up on a hydraulic ram to seal off the front of the boat and deflect the wind!

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  14. Howard Boats at the Los Angeles Boat Show Sport Deck

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    So time to jump back on track with our articles and close out end 2013, and beginning 2014. As well we need to start wrapping up our boat show series articles. First and foremost I'd like to say to Gene Willen, your humor and hospitality was greatly missed at the boat show this year. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and hopefully we will see you later this week at the Lake Havasu Boat Show!

    Now onto the Nitty Gritty. Howard Custom Boats...
  15. Hallett 290 Boat Show Review

    View attachment 597956 It makes it so much easier to write about an article about a boat when it's something that you are excited about. It's not exactly a secret that I am a Hallett fan, and I have been since my youth. In particular the 210, 240, and non stepped 270's are boats that are legendary in my mind, and on my bucket list to own someday. Some will remember back when I was writing for Performance Boats, I did an article titled "The best boat / motor pkg of all time"...