Saturday, May 30, 2009

VIDEO: Flyin' High in a Nor-Tech with Shaggy

Shaggy may not be at the top of my iPod playlist, but there are a few great tunes I enjoy - "It Wasn't Me" always brings a laugh...but this new song - Fly High which also features Gary "Nesta" Pine, is notable for the visuals, which include some very nice footage of the Shag man and his entourage on a sharp '07 diesel Nor-tech 43'. In this You-Tube video, they are also accompanied by the Playboy Cigarette 38' Top Gun.



The song is just OK (apparently it is quite a hit in Europe, however) but once you get past the first minute or so of package-grabbing and rice-rocket-riding, the fun starts, with some very nice arial shots of the boats on the open water. There's some other nice scenery too, which is something you won't fail to notice.

The growing attraction of urban culture to boats of any type is something we're watching with a lot of interest. Of course, it didn't start with The Lonely Island and T-Pain collaborating on "I'm On A Boat." - but that video just might have put the phenomenon into focus. The result? Well, 2009 might just be the Summer of Boats n' Hoes...if you don't know what I mean, just do a Twitter search and you'll start to get it.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

RACING SPOTLIGHT: Kicking Off the 2009 OPA Race Season with Team Mitigator

Last week we featured the advanced anti-shock technology developed by SeasGroup, which was developed to help abate the effects of all the bumping and heavy pounding that offshore drivers and crew experience in active seas. The natural question might be to ask - "Okay, but how well does it work in the real world?"


Well, High Priority Offshore Racing Team MitiGator will be in a great position to let everyone know, as they open their Offshore Performance Association (OPA) season this weekend in Ocean City Maryland. Sponsored by the SeasGroup, Team Mitigator's boat is also a high-speed demonstrator for their Mitigator system, which has been integrated into the cockpit of the boat by Premier Performance Interiors.
"As for as the MitiGator product, it sells itself, all you have to do is give it a try," says Team Mitigator Driver Warren Miller. "The PPI seats and the MitiGator technology has made it possible for a couple of old guys like us to run up front with racers more than half our age, and still winning races from time to time."
As a group, the team has been racing for 10 years, and has won numerous races, including nine National & Divisional titles, as well as the 2004 APBA-UIM World Championship. Members include Warren Miller - Driver, Mack Clark - Throttle and Crew Chief Charlie McDonald. Their Joker powerboat, which is 29'8" LOA, features a stepped Kevlar hull weighing 5500 lbs. and custom-built Mercury XR drives and custom 4-blade props.

PHOTO CREDITS: High Priority Offshore Racing / Team Mitigator

In addition to the shock mitigation system, another innovative addition to the boat is an on board digital video camera system that should deliver some great action video. The Ocean City race will be the first real test of the system, which also has been carefully installed in order to operate under the stress and vibration of high performance offshore racing. Assuming the system works as expected, the captured video will be available for viewing at the team's website - http://www.highpriorityosr.com/ or on youTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MitigatorMan

2009 Tentative Team Schedule

May 30-31 OPA Race Ocean City MD.
June 27 Coles Point Poker Run Coles Point VA.
July 25-26 OPA Race Harrison Twp. MI.
TBA Chesapeake Poker Run Virginia Beach VA.
Aug. 22-23 OPA Race Patchogue NY.
Sept. 12 Wake The Lake Poker Run Clarksville VA.
Oct. 10-11 OPA Race Chattanooga TN.
TBA World Championship Race Hollywood FL.

Fans should also be able to catch up with Team MitiGator at least three Poker Runs in 2009, including the June Coles Point Poker Run, the July Chesapeake Poker Run and the September Wake the Lake Poker Run on Buggs Island Lake. Be sure to say hi, and tell 'em you saw 'em on [B3]!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Gear Makes Docking & Trailering Safer

BIGGER & BETTER THAN A FENDER
I'll be the first to admit it...my docking skills still leave something to be desired. While I have no shortage of fenders, it always seems that the side of my boat and the dock will always meet somewhere in-between them. Of course, I can always "buff it out" -- but I can't help but think that there's got to be a better way.

Well, the folks who developed the the Dock Torpedo might have the answer. This inflatable fender system provides extended protection in situations where ordinary fenders just aren't up to the task, for example--at piers with external pilings, or when water levels are lower than normal. With a full 10 feet of protection, it's great for any go fast owner who wants to ensure that nothing damages their beautiful hull finish. You simply inflate and attach the Torpedo to your boat or the pier with the four durable 8-inch straps. When you're ready to hit the water, you just deflate the unit and stow it, since it folds flat.

While the price ($395) isn't cheap, it can save you a lot of painting, buffing and touch-up work later. The Dock Torpedo (TM) provides superior, yet portable protection for your watercraft investment; two would probably be perfect for most poker-run size boats. The Boston-style valve provides a wide variety of inflation options and the quick-release deflates the unit in just a few seconds. Among other features:

- 10' long x 1" diameter fits most boats
- Boston valve accepts most inflators
- Removable .90mm welded PVC bladder
- Rugged .20mm UV resistant cover
- Four 8' mar-resistant mounting straps

To find out more, contact LakeTek, LLC; (262) 255-4047; or on the web at www.laketek-llc.com

PROPER PROP PROTECTION
High performance props cost big money, so it's critical to protect them. And clever props? They are damn sharp - and downright dangerous in and out of the water, if you're not careful around them. DriveSafe H2O is an innovative, all-purpose protector for your prop and drive, providing solid area protection from minor rear-end collisions and theft, while preventing potential prop injuries when the boat is on the trailer. An easy-to-operate electronic actuator allows simple movement up and down, so there’s no interference when launching or loading. Once your boat is safely in the water, you simply disengage DriveSafe H2O, and off you go.

Pricing varies by model and features, but start at about $899. DriveSafe offers a rear-light, customizable side panels for added protection, and can also be ordered in custom colors and with a locking mechanism. Available in steel, aluminum or stainless steel, the units are built with TIG-welded tubular frames. Currently, DriveSafe H2O applications include V-Hulls and Cats with single or twin I/O or jet drives. To find out more, contact Drive Safe H2O; (909) 618-8569; or on the web at www.drivesafeh2o.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Get BigBadBoat on Amazon Kindle!

We've always been a little geeky when it comes to tech stuff, and when new technology becomes available for us to use, we like to give it a try. We liked the Amazon Kindle as soon as it came out, but our initial move to mobile distribution was directed at the the iPhone, since it was the first platform available and frankly, we thought it would be the most useful for our target audience. Most performance boaters are often on-the-go; traveling a lot and often hitting one poker run or race on every weekend during the boating season. A lot of them use iPhones, too--and some of the added features we've added to the mobile site, like weather info, travel info and other useful stuff make it a natural platform for [B3].

But the Kindle has its own advantages; it's has a bigger display, which has advanced readability. Also, Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you're not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle give you full text content and images, and are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

While the Kindle is only available with a black & white screen right now, the word is that a color version should be coming before too long, and [B3] should look really great on that! Subscriptions are just $1.99 a month, and Amazon also offers a 14-day free trial. For us, it's just another way to get [B3] out to you. Check it out!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cleveland's Lakeside Yacht Club to host the 2009 "Wiener Roast" Poker Run

Not all the fun on Lake Erie happens on The Islands...and a great example of that is the annual Weiner Roast Poker Run, hosted this year by Lakeside Yacht Club in Cleveland. Scheduled for June 13th, this year's run has been expanded to include the run on Saturday (plus the party afterwards, of course) and a Sunday brunch for each boat captain and one guest. Like every other year, the run is open to all powerboaters, regardless of their boat's top speed - since it's essentially a fun run, not a race.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lakeside Yacht Club

The run will both start and end at Lakeside Yacht Club, with various stops along Lake Erie's North Shore. Registration for all participants is scheduled to begin at 9 AM, but all waiver and registration forms must be received by Lakeside Yacht Club no later than June 5th. before the run gets underway, there will be a brief but mandatory participant meeting at 10 AM, with boats getting underway at 11 AM.

Registration for the poker run is $75.00, which gets you two T-shirts, admission to the Wiener Roast, Saturday night dockage at Lakeside, a Sunday morning breakfast buffet for two, and a DVD of the event (which will be sent to participants later). Also, if you're interested in getting additional T-shirts, breakfast buffet tickets, or DVDs there's a place to order them on the registration form.

PHOTO CREDIT: www.islandpirates.net

Of course, after the run, everyone can kick back and enjoy the main event - the "Wiener Roast" - which includes plenty of refreshments and a live band on the deck. You'll also be sure to see some of Lake Erie's nicest performance boats on hand, including some Cigarettes, Apaches and some slick old school rides. If you're not planning on crashing overnight on your boat, there are some nice and affordable hotels in downtown Cleveland, which is only a few minutes away by cab. To stay on top of what's happening at the Weenie Run, check into www.islandpirates.net for updates and more info.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mitigator™ System Makes Performance Boating Safer

At 50, I sure don't feel old. But like a lot of guys my age, my body is prone to disagree with me from time-to-time...and one of those times would likely be after an active day of boating, especially in big waves. Talk to almost any offshore veteran racer, and they can give you a long list of injuries they have suffered-- like cracked vertebrae, slipped disks, broken hips and cracked ribs. While they wear them like badges of honor, they will also tell you that it would be better to avoid them if possible.

Thankfully, the folks at SeasGroup have developed an effective and ingenious system to help abate the shock and pounding of a rough day on the water. Their Mitigator™ system is winning accolades from boaters far and wide, and has been installed in military vehicles as well as the boat heading up the President's security detail at the recent Summit of The Americas.

The MitiGator™ Technology is an engineered cushioning system designed to offer protection from hi-speed, hi-impact assaults. It uses patented air control technology working with 4,044 surfaces per square foot to dissipate energy before it is transmitted to the body. Mitigator technology reduces whole body vibration by 75% -- absorbing the energy normally absorbed by your body. This means fewer long term injuries and a significant reduction in the fatigue and pain suffered from vibration or impact. This also allows older guys like me to spend more time in our boats without feeling it later.

According to SeasGroup VP Rick McKinney, the original concept was developed more than 15 years ago as a “hip pad” to protect the elderly from breaking a hip during a fall. That application didn't work out, but subsequently the Navy was looking for improved safety systems for Cobra attack helicopters, and his company received a contract to develop an energy absorbing seat cushion to protect crew from injury. It was later suggested that they introduce this concept to the hi-speed boating community within the military, and after 2003, their entry into the marine industry began.



Currently, SeasGroup--in coordination with installation partners like Premier Performance Interiors--is aggressively marketing the MitiGator seating and deck mats to the aftermarket. While go-fast boat owners may be holding off on new boat purchases right now, they still want their existing boats to be able to be state-of-the-art, sharp looking and as safe as possible. The Donzi ZRC slideshow video [above] is an excellent example of how PPI & SEAS are addressing this market. Notes Rick McKinney:
“We at SEAS couldn’t agree more and it is work of this caliber that attracted us to PPI when we first entered the offshore market a few years ago. The excellent performance of MitiGator™ seats and deck mats in the offshore environment and the unsurpassed design and fabrication work of PPI is what lead our two companies to team up in the fall of last year to bring a revolutionary series of products to the offshore market.”
Of course, this kind of work is winning them a lot of respect and rave reviews from offshore powerboat owners. It should also play a big role in helping Seasgroup and PPI position the MitiGator™ system with most major boat manufacturers as a part of the cockpits in new boat interiors when the economy recovers.

Visibilty helps, too--and that's why the SeasGroup recently became the new sponsor for OPA's High Priority Racing, now called Team Mitigator. In addition, four other offshore race teams are currently using the Mitigator™ technology. The company is also sponsoring the Wake The Lake Poker Run at Kerr Reservoir/Buggs Island Lake in Clarksville, VA on September 12 - you can register for updates and info at the Seasgroup blog [here] or pick up a flyer about the event from the guys on Team MitiGator, who will be distributing the flyers at the 2009 OPA boat races, as well as at several East Coast poker runs throughout the summer. If you see them, be sure to stop and say hi!

PHOTO CREDITS: SeasGroup / PPI / High Priority Offshore Racing

Monday, May 18, 2009

Another Wave Crusher from Apache Powerboats

Anyone familiar with offshore powerboat racing knows that Apache Powerboats are renowned for their performance, especially in the kind of rough water that would mean "back to the docks" for a lot of other performance boats. Apaches are legendary in offshore racing history - and for good reason. With that in mind, we wanted to highlight this recently-posted video featuring this huge 54' Apache Cold Wars.



While I'm personally not a big fan of the radar arch installed on the boat, it's an incredible machine. You can see it makes short work of the big waves - which look to be at least 6'-plus swells. Pretty impressive. However, it's also come to our attention that this boat may have already been de-rigged by it's owner, and could soon be available. Hard to believe...but definitely worth looking into. To find out more about Apache powerboats, go to www.apachepowerboats.com

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Keith Eickert & Lighting Performance Group's V-16

Keith Eickert is one of the best-known names in the marine aftermarket performance industry. His advanced bolt-on accessory engine parts have been helping boats go faster since 1986, and he recently relaunched his original "Lightning Performance" line as part of the Don Onken group of companies. As a result, a lot of people in the industry are taking note of the Easton, Illinois-based Onken Group as they introduce a new range of marine performance products for the 2009 season.

PHOTO CREDIT: Lightning Performance Group

Even in the current economic climate, there still remains a market demand for bigger and faster high-performance boats. While the tools and technology required to build high horsepower engines is available to many, a number of real challenges remain for dedicated marine engine builders: Maintaining bulletproof reliability, managing the overall cost of operation and being able to use commonly-available pump gas. To that end, the group has just introduced an incredible V-16 engine.

The concept of coupling 2 V-8 engines together to run as one addresses and solves several problems. Keith and Don have created what Keith describes as "an almost bulletproof 1500 hp motor that delivers speed and durability without the need for superchargers and all that extra stuff." The brand new V16 engine package is all aluminum, consisting of two big block 540 cubic inch engines linked end to end, putting out a reliable 750 hp each, and totaling 1600 ft.-lbs of torque. What else is significant is the fact that two of these 540 blocks weigh less than one of the big supercharged engines.

Clearly, the extra length of the engine means it won't fit in a lot of boats, and at this point, we're not sure what drives would be the best match. Nevertheless, this new engine is truly something extraordinary -- and appears to be just the beginning for Lightning Performance, which is planning a complete line of state-of-the-art marine performance engines and accessories.

Gas Prices Going Up - But Not Like Last Year

As we quickly approach the Memorial Day Weekend, gas prices began to shoot up over this past few days, but does that mean we are in for a summer of high fuel costs? I had just noticed today on our web page's real-time Nationwide Gas Price widget that it had just gone over $3.00 a gallon, which I question. Prices are not that high yet where I am (Ohio) and frankly, I am checking with the widget creator to see where they get their data - which shows prices being significantly higher than either the AAA site or even the U.S. Energy Dept. sites. As a result, we have temporarily removed the widget, which isn't useful if it isn't accurate.

For the past six months or more, we've been enjoying lower prices at the pump. But according to reports, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded in the U.S. climbed $0.14 last week. The national average is now between $2.24 - $2.40 a gallon. The cost has been rising steadily over the last week and a half; one reason is that oil is now up to $54 a barrel and refineries are switching to a more expensive summer blend, for the summer driving season.
Most boaters don't think things are too bad - especially when compared to last year. And it's no secret that - at least for performance boaters, - gas is just a "lifestyle cost" that they are simply willing to absorb. Last year, it cost more than $4.75 a gallon to gas up a boat, but even that didn't keep most people out of the water. Sure, I swallowed hard when I pulled up to the pump with a 100 gallon tank to fill, but that's not the story now, even if prices at the marina are a little higher than at the corner station.
In Cincinnati, for example, the price on Monday for 89 octane gasoline at the marina was $2.90 a gallon; and diesel fuel a dime more. There, the lower prices are fueling optimism among boaters and city officials, so marinas and could see an uptick in business this summer. In fact, the biggest factor affecting boating right now is the economy, which has forced some people to sell their boats, or at least cut back on planned vacations. Many boaters will be staying closer to home - so for diffferent reasons, this summer may look very much like last year after all. Drop us a line and let us know how the economy is affecting your summer boating plans.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

7th Annual Marathon FL Super Boat Grand Prix this weekend!

Dozens of teams are expected to invade the Florida Keys this weekend as the 7th Annual Super Boat Grand Prix gets underway at Marathon, Florida from May 15th through the 17th. You can join thousands of spectators who roll in for the fun and excitement as the roar big horsepower flies by--sometimes within 50 yards of the shore! Marathon has always been one of the top sites for race-watching, since there is plenty of room on the beach, waterside restaurants and other public areas to watch these speeding boats fly by. Among the favorite spots are near the Seven Mile Bridges, where you can see boats pass under at speeds of up to 150 MPH.


Marathon is always one of the summer's biggest highlight events, and especially so this year, as racers are all excited about the new TV deal that will kick off this fall with CBS Sports. As a result, this race and other qualifying races will be broadcast on TV later in the year, which is expected to be a real boost for Offshore racing in America. For competitors, this is a sanctioned qualifying race, leading up to a shot at the National Championship Title, sanctioned internationally by U.I.M. and APBA Offshore in North America. For fans, the Marathon area is filled with great places to visit and hang out, and the race village is to be set up at the City of Marathon event field, at mile marker 52 oceanside across from the Marathon Airport. Dry pits are to be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 15-17. There is no charge for admission to the race village.

PHOTO CREDITS: Super Boat International

The Sunday race is to take place in the waters around Marathon. Starting on the gulf side of the famed Seven Mile Bridge, boats are to race under the historic bridge on the north side of Pigeon Key to the riskier ocean side, make two left turns, then run back under the bridges. A right turn sends the high-speed boats thundering past the shoreline and grandstands. The racers then must negotiate a tight 180-degree turn to run the long straightaway in front of fans back to the starting point. Another sharp left turn begins the route all over again. The course measures approximately six miles.

For more information, go to the Super Boat International site here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Team 26 Gets Win in Powerboat P1 Opening Round in Malta

The opening round of the Powerboat P1 World Championship in Malta provided lots of excitment and a surprising finish, as a significant time penalty ensured that one of the circuit's newer teams would finish on top.

A speeding penalty cost Baia Attolini the win in the SuperSport Sprint race; as a result, the victory went to the British Team 26 Racing. In the end, it was just a single lap that made the real difference in the outcome the race, allowing the British to pick up 100 points in their first Powerboat P1 competition.

PHOTO CREDIT: Powerboatworld.com

In the closed canopy Evolution class, the Italian team Cigarette Smash Poker claimed victory despite having a poor position after qualifying sessions. Their crew of Luca Formilli Fendi and Matteo Nicolini won with a comfortable 50 second margin, ahead of closest competitor Lucas Oil Budweiser. For more details on the race, go to: www.powerboatworld.com.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Selecting the Right Cooler for Boating

While we all know it's never safe to mix alcohol and operating a boat, there will doubtless be times when you do want to provide cold beverages for your onboard guests--whether it's underway, tied up at the dock or beached on a sunny sandbar. While larger or more expensive boats may have an onboard refrigerator, most of us will opt for a cooler of one sort or another...and there are plenty of choices.

Molded, hard-sided coolers are perhaps the most familiar and most common, and in some cases are actually integrated into the design of a boat. But they can be big and bulky, and many people with more expensive boats don't like them because they might mar their boat finish--bumping into the hull and upholstery.

Soft-sided coolers are becoming more popular for this very reason; they're lighter (not counting the contents) and take up less space when empty. While there are a lot of budget brands available, many boaters swear by the coolers made by American Outdoors. Some of their designs are specially made with boating in mind, and they are guaranteed to never leak or sweat because of their high quality vinyl liner, which is the same material used to make water beds and above ground pools. The inner insulation is three-quarters of an inch thick, high-density, closed cell foam, resulting in a cooler that will hold ice for 24 hours in up to 120-degree heat. That's pretty impressive.

PHOTO CREDITS: American Outdoors

AO also guarantees their coolers for life; and will replace the liner if it ever leaks. Available in 12, 24, 3 and 48-can sizes, they have a removable shoulder strap, clip-down ends and a side pocket for dry items, too. Plus they are available in a number of colors to match your boat, and you can even get them custom-embroidered with your boat logo.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

NJPPC Deals Fun with Atlantic City Poker Run

Few clubs have as much fun as the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club [NJPPC] which organizes a summer full of events every year. NJPPC is a 200+ member strong organization and is also known as one of the safest and most celebrated clubs anywhere - always working to ensure that all boaters feel welcome in their organization. Like it says on their website:
"We believe that a great club should be fun for all boaters no matter what size or how fast your boat is, and all of our events are designed to allow all members to have a great time. Our club is a sociable one, with members who own all types of boats and come from diverse backgrounds."
We've already told you about their Shore Dreams for Kids charity event scheduled for July 18, but the next big event on their docket is the annual Atlantic City Poker Run, scheduled for June 26 - 28th. This overnight event will be covered by Powerboat Magazine, and has been rated as one of their Top 10 Events. It runs out of the Trump Marina Hotel and Casino, with a Thursday night welcoming party at the Typhoon Service Center in Toms River, NJ. There's also a Friday morning breakfast, an afternoon of fun and a great dinner as well.

PHOTO CREDIT: Northeast Donzi Club

One interesting thing that NJPPC does at their runs is break out the participants into three separate groups, depending on boat size, performance, or just the preference of the operator. There's an Ocean Group – for boaters who want to take an open ocean route at higher speeds, out Barnegat Inlet to Atlantic City Inlet; an Inside Group - which operates at higher speeds but takes an alternate route which does not include running on open ocean water; and a third 60 mph Inside Group, which takes the same route ans the second, but at speeds not to exceed 60mph. This allows all sizes and types of boats to enjoy the fun at a level in which the operators and their passengers feel comfortable. For more information, go to www.njppc.com or download the event brochure here [PDF file].


The Atlantic City Poker Run Schedule:

Thursday June 25th
11:30am / Golf Outing (optional)
7pm / Welcome Party at Typhoon Service Center - Open Bar, Sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres

Friday June 26th
8:30am / Arrive @ Lobster Shanty Toms River NJ
6:00pm / Dinner - Trump Marina
8:00pm / Shore Dreams For Kids Charity Auction

Saturday June 27th
9:30am / Breakfast - Trump Marina
12 Noon / Optional FUN RUN Departs
12 Noon / Friday Night Only Poker Runners Depart

Sunday June 28th
11am / Friday & Saturday Night Poker Runners Depart

Hello from Sunny Florida - Boca Bash 2009

If there's one thing they really know how to do down in South Florida, it's party...so we didn't want to let one of the bigger raft-up parties of the year go by without giving a shout-out to Boca Bash 2009. Held last weekend in Boca Raton , the event seems to get bigger every year -- even as local law enforcement officials have increased there efforts to keep the crowds under control and ensure that everyone's in compliance with local ordinances. No one is complaining, and the increased attention of local officials hasn't stopped hundreds of boats -- from small bow-riders to 80 and 100- foot yachts -- from joining in the fun.


PHOTO CREDITS: SeriousOffshore.com member - Cowisl

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tough Times: Magic / Sleek Powerboats Closes Doors

We wanted to mentuion that on April 8th, Power Marine and Motor Sports Inc, the manufacturer of Magic Powerboats and Sleek Powerboats, bid farewell to its employees and consumers after 15 years of business. “We are not bankrupt, we are just closing our doors,” said company owner Ron Moyes.

PHOTO CREDIT: Powerboatlistings.com

The owner of the Lake Havasu City-based manufacturing plant and sales office would not comment as to the reasons surrounding the company’s closure. “We started downsizing (staff) last September,” he explained. Approximately 20 employees were affected by the closing. Moyes was also the immediate past president and a founder of the local marine association. An official company statement on their website said:
"We have been so fortunate over the years building relationships with all of you at Boat Shows, Poker Runs, your lunch-breaks down at the shop, on the water Easter Egg Hunts, Holiday Food Drive Poker Runs, Demo Dayz and of course the Regatta! Thank you for all of your customer support, help, and smiles as you drive by in the channel with your friends and family! We truly have the most amazing group of boat owners!"
“I think it is a big loss … it is symptomatic of what is happening in the marine industry right now,” said Jim Salscheider, executive director of Lake Havasu City Marine Association, in a local newspaper report. The builder, which also had manufacturing operations in Phoenix and Southern California, built both V-bottoms and cats, both of which were targeted to family-oriented performance boaters. Salscheider noted that Lake Havasu City is currently home to four other boat manufacturing companies; two other local companies build boat hulls and decks, which are sold as components to other boat manufacturers.

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