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  1. Schiada Regatta... Traditionally Non-Traditional

    The annual Schiada Regatta also commonly known as the Notta Regatta is and has always been an event far removed from the regular cookie cutter regatta mold. There is no registration table, or registration party, or registration of any kind for that matter. There also is no host hotel, no poker run, no industry sponsors, and there most definitely isn't any awards/dinner/raffle held in a drab banquet hall. What there is, is a boating event for boaters by boaters....
  2. Celebrating a Hero

    Saying goodbye to a friend is never easy. Writing about it is even worse.
  3. Taming The Dragon... A Land Lovers Guide To The LOTO Shootout.

    The performance boating community is a mixed bag of personalities, boats, and waterways. Each geographical region of boating holds its legends and lore and boaters from each proudly carry their flag high and tout their home water as the best in the country. Those of us on the west coast are fond of speaking with great fervor about such areas as The Delta, Lake Powell, Lake Havasu, or Parker. To left coasters these aquatic playgrounds represent the epitome of what boating was meant to be....
  4. 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...
  5. Damn Dam Run 2019

    Story/Photos by Austin Foley (Foley Loaded Media)
  6. 3rd Annual Catalina Fun Run - By Erick Bryner

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    Have you ever been in an uncomfortable situation where you thought to yourself… “We just have to get through it. I’m sure we’ll be telling great stories about it in a week from now.” Well that was the case last weekend on our 3rd Annual Catalina Fun Run from Long Beach, CA to Avalon, on Catalina Island. As co–organizer/host with my partners Corey Vodvarka and Daren VanRyte, I had a strong vested interest in a memorable event. With thousands of dollars of my own...
  7. LROB 2019 Lower River Run

    Over 120 miles by water on the southernmost part of the Colorado River!
  8. Introducing - "Team RDP" Your Real Estate Connection

    Over the last three and a half years, Stacy and Paul have helped countless RDP members with their Real Estate needs. Whether that be finding their dream vacation home, moving here full time, upgrading their existing homes, or even partnering them with a builder and building from scratch. This was all done under the Team flag "Own Havasu."

    I'm extremely proud to say that Stacy Johnson has taken the the lessons and life experience from those years and has decided to take a step forward...
  9. BARRON BOATS’ 290 SPORT NEARING COMPLETION

    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...
  10. Featured

    Lake Powell Challenge... A Decade of the Vital Few

    The Lake Powell Challenge celebrates it's 10th year with a record breaking fund raiser to benefit JDRF.
  11. KMG Boats Bringing the 83 back from the dead

    This particular 20'er has definitely seen better days when it arrived at KMG Boats down in San Diego for it's restoration. The owner asked Kevin to fill previous rigging holes, and basically prep it to be an entirely new build. The only problem was the boat had literally 100's of stress cracks and sun cracks, many of which almost went through the glass completely. ...
  12. Barron Boats Press Release! - "RDP Exclusive!"

    BARRON BOATS PREPARING TO LAUNCH IN MID-MAY

    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...
  13. 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...
  14. Eliminator 50th Anniversary Party

    Eliminator Boats had their 50th Anniversary party last weekend and it was one for the books! With over 200 people RSVP'ing to the event we made the decision that the juice was worth the squeeze.

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    Myself and Brad Stern (Stern Insurance) added it up and it was going to be Eight hours of driving for four or five hours at Eliminator. Brad being an Eliminator owner already had his eyes set on checking out the new 25 Speedster.

    (Jake standing in front of the new...
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