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  1. ARE THE GREAT LAKES A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE WESTERN U.S. DROUGHT?

    ARE THE GREAT LAKES A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE WESTERN U.S. DROUGHT?

    Triple-digit temps out west. No rain. Where’s all the water? The pattern might last for months or years. Lake Michigan could be coming to Idaho. I guess Havasu and Parker boaters should consider themselves lucky. We have Colorado River water but much of the western U.S. is living through...
  2. When Johnson Outboards Were King – 1953

    When Johnson Outboards Were King – 1953

    Here’s a Cool Piece of Boating History You Might Enjoy First Company to produce ONE MILLION OUTBOARDS – History was made on November 6, 1952 when Johnson Motors produced their one-millionth outboard – a 1953 model 10 hp Sea-Horse. Commemorating the occasion are Clarence Johnson (left), and...
  3. DON EDWARDS – “Golden Komotion” -- Drag Boat Pioneer

    DON EDWARDS – “Golden Komotion” -- Drag Boat Pioneer

    If you want to know what a sport was really like in the early years, it's always best to get it straight from somebody who was intimately involved in the sport itself. And Don Edwards is exactly that person to go to when it comes to knowing the sport of drag boat racing in the 1960s. Like...
  4. BATTERIES – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY

    BATTERIES – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY

    The Future Success of Electric Boats Hinges on Battery Technology About a week ago I posted an article on RDP about electric outboard motors and how they plan on entering the mainstream of recreational boating. We all know about how things have changed in the automotive industry in the last ten...
  5. ELECTRIC OUTBOARDS – CLOSER THAN YOU THINK?

    ELECTRIC OUTBOARDS – CLOSER THAN YOU THINK?

    About a month ago I wrote an article for RDP reporting on Mercury's plan to introduce electric outboards to the mainstream recreational boating market in the next couple of years. Nothing has changed. Mercury is still pursuing that goal, but they are not alone. There are other electric outboard...
  6. The “Other” Catalina Water Ski Race

    The “Other” Catalina Water Ski Race

    Most boaters, especially those with a penchant for high performance and racing, are at least somewhat aware of the annual Grand National Catalina Water Ski Race held in Long Beach, CA. Afterall, a 71-year history tends to make people pay attention. And although the 60+ mile ski race in the open...
  7. CHASING A WORLD RECORD GONE WRONG

    CHASING A WORLD RECORD GONE WRONG

    It was October 22, 1972 and world speed ski record holder Danny Churchill was attempting to up his own mark of 126 miles an hour in the quarter mile on a single ski. Churchill was at the top of his game, winning the overall Grand National Catalina Water Ski Race title the preceding August...
  8. Brunswick Looking to Change the Marine Industry, Sooner Than Later

    Brunswick Looking to Change the Marine Industry, Sooner Than Later

    Was there any doubt? You knew it had to be coming, but so soon? And Brunswick Corporation confirmed it…..electric power and some form of autonomous driving assist system for boats is closer than most of us think, in fact, it’s probably no more than two years into the future. If accurate, this...
  9. MY PLEASURE

    MY PLEASURE

    Lanse Haselrig's 40+ Year-Old Rayson Craft Is Still At The Top Of The GN Game! Little did Lanse Haselrig know when he first met Rayson Craft icon Rudy Ramos nearly fifty years ago that he was embarking on a life-long journey. "I just liked boating," remembers Lanse, "and Rudy came into my...
  10. New Boat Sales Continue Off the Charts

    New Boat Sales Continue Off the Charts

    If anybody has been out boat shopping in the last six months, it’s obvious that both new and used boat inventories are very slim, if non-existent. Once the pandemic gripped the nation a little over a year ago with lock-down orders, people scrambled to find ways to recreate safely outdoors and...
  11. FIGHTING THE WAR AGAINST GREEN SLIME

    FIGHTING THE WAR AGAINST GREEN SLIME

    It’s getting to be that time of year again…..when coves and certain shoreline areas get coated with that unmistakable ‘green slime’. Unfortunately, you never know for sure when the ‘green goop’ is going to appear or how bad it will get. So far this year, algae blooms have not been as evident as...
  12. Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships Returns – October 2021

    Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships Returns – October 2021

    In celebration of Lake Havasu City, Arizona’s famous London Bridge and its 50th anniversary, powerboat racing will once again dazzle the shores of the city with the running of the beloved Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships. The powerboat racing event will be held October 15-17, 2021, and...
  13. WHAT WAS OMC THINKING?

    WHAT WAS OMC THINKING?

    Dominate players in any industry often make mistakes and suffer the consequences, but the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) paid the ultimate price. For more than a half century, the dominate force in the recreational marine industry was the Outboard Marine Corporation, better known to...
  14. It’s a New Law….Engine Ignition Cut-Off Switches Mandatory as of April 1, 2021

    It’s a New Law….Engine Ignition Cut-Off Switches Mandatory as of April 1, 2021

    Although they’ve been around for decades, the U.S. Coast Guard is mandating that all powerboats, less than 26-feet in length, must now (as of April 1, 2021) be equipped with an emergency engine ignition cut-off switch with a lanyard attached to the driver. The new U.S. Coast Guard requirement...
  15. BEFORE “ROADKILL”….A RETROSPECTIVE

    BEFORE “ROADKILL”….A RETROSPECTIVE

    Mike Finnegan, one of the stars of the hit TV series, “Roadkill”, has always had a passion for cars and speed. But that passion also extended to the water as well. See for yourself. And so it begins, innocently enough, a nice 19-foot Rogers Bonneville TR jet boat. The perfect river fun boat...
  16. BEAUTIFUL NOISE

    BEAUTIFUL NOISE

    Is It a Biesemeyer? Guess Again….It’s a Rare Eagle Steve Schepp was a jet boater up until 1983 when he ran across this rare 1976 Eagle flatbottom that appears suspiciously similar to a Biesemeyer. “I loved the way the boat looked. It was a class piece and I just had to have it,” said Steve who...
  17. ROOT BEER FLOAT

    ROOT BEER FLOAT

    For those of us who don’t have six-figures to invest in a boat – you can still have something to be proud of at the lake or river. Who doesn’t like a nice cool root beer float on a hot summer day? No, I’m not necessarily talking about the kind you pour from a Dad’s Root Beer can or bottle into...
  18. GHOST OF “COLD FIRE”

    GHOST OF “COLD FIRE”

    One of the first things I did when I took over the editorial reins at Powerboat Magazine in late 1973 was institute a new monthly feature, “Hot Boat of the Month.” And choosing the first boat and driver to be so honored was easy…..it had to be my all-time favorite inboard circle race boat, K-50...
  19. WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR BOAT’S PERFORMANCE?  HERE’S WHERE TO START!

    WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR BOAT’S PERFORMANCE? HERE’S WHERE TO START!

    How to Gather the Data You Need to Make Rational and Fact-Based Decisions About Performance. One of the most frequent threads appearing on RDP come from boaters questioning whether they are getting maximum performance from their boat. And the two most common mistakes boaters make are...
  20. GO WITH THE FLOW

    GO WITH THE FLOW

    Livorsi’s Raw Water Flow Gauge Might Just Be the Added Protection Your Engine Needs For most boaters, the engine is the single most expensive component of every boat. And, if you’re a high performance type, the size of that investment escalates exponentially in direct proportion to the amount...
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