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  1. Hammer 4th of July Part 1!

    This was probably the best holiday weekend I've had in a long time! Usually I'm in Parker for holiday weekends and since I've been out of town for most of last month, it was nice to be home in Havasu with no set agenda for 4 days.

    My holiday weekend started off with excitement as I got a call from my roommate (Awtum) letting me know she would be coming into town Tuesday night. I was excited because I hadn't seen her since before she was in terrible car accident a few months back. She had...
  2. The Down Pedal

    If you are a modern day I/O boater you might not even know what a down pedal is in a boat. In V-Drives there is typically two pedals. A down pedal (or a switch on the dash or gunnel) and a gas pedal. V-Drives don't have "trim" like an I/O boat, so they have what is called "Cavitation Plates" on the back of them. They bend those plates up, neutral, down, or infinitely in between to adjust trim of the boat. By bending the plates they are actually bending the running surface on the back of the...
  3. 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. ...
  4. 2017 Shockwave "Notta Regatta!"

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    Here's a little story I got's to tell about three bad brothers you know so well. It started way back on RDP with Marcus, Mike and of course Scott B. They hall had some Shockwaves, I know this sound rehearsed, They all had bad ass boats and wanted to be the first. They posted a little thread to see who else would go, little did they know people would ask for more.

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    Of course I'm kidding with my Beastie Boys "Paul Revere" intro...
  5. 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...
  6. Needles Hotboat and Custom Car Show - Billy B

    This year marks the tenth year of the "Billy B" show in Needles CA. What started off as a yearly Vacation with Billy B and some friends has turned into what is historically one of the coolest boating events on the West Coast.

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    Over the years this thing has grown to the point of busting at the seams. Last year was undoubtedly the biggest show of all of them. If you didn't arrive early last year and you had a spot in the back to say it was a "task" getting in...
  7. 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...
  8. 50th Anniversary of the Mint 400!

    Its a cloudy, damp Monday evening, and here I sit, in the aftermath of the The Mint 400. Thousands of images to process, a story to write, and a head cold as a result of all the fun I had in Vegas. Its not the first time for me, in this position. And with any luck, it won’t be the last.

    You see, last weekend was the 50th Anniversary of The Mint 400 in Las Vegas, NV, and I was lucky enough to attend for my second year in a row. And not just attend, but to experience all of the rock splitting...
  9. 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....
  10. AZGF LIFE JACKET EXCHANGE PROGRAM AND IT'S FREE!

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    Life jacket exchange events kick off Saturday, May 19!

    10-year anniversary of life jacket exchanges starts with events statewide

    Have an old, worn out life jacket? Swap it for a new one. 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) life jacket exchange program, and it’s starting with a statewide push to ensure everyone in Arizona is safe on the water this summer.

    Last year AZGFD swapped more than 800 old life...
  11. 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...
  12. Eliminator's 50th Anniversary!

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    Eliminator is having it's 50th Anniversary in business right now, so I went down to talk to the guys and see what all the excitement is about!

    Team Eliminator is rolling out an optional "Trim Package" on all 2019 Model boats, and they are offering extremely aggressive pricing on all models including one of my personal favorites the Legendary 25 Daytona Standard Deck!

    To give you an idea of how aggressive the pricing is, this 25 Standard Deck Daytona with...
  13. 2018 Dog & Andy's Vdrive Run

    Event recap of the Dog & Andy's V-Drive Run at Windmill Cove on the California Delta. Brought to you by Erick Bryner, Fast Loud Photography.
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