THE CLEANER THE BETTER

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Fuel filters have always been a big deal for recreational boats.  Dirty gas, bad gas, stale gas, old gas, water in the gas, etc., etc., the list of potential fuel related problems for boaters is endless.  And in almost every case, it’s the fuel filter that’s the first line of defense against a stalled or […]

THE FASTEST MILE

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Lake of the Ozarks 2013 Shoot-Out Celebrates Its 25th With Record Speeds  It’s become performance boating’s most important mile.  And why not?  After 25 years, the Lake of the Ozarks Shoot-Out competition is the place where the ‘age-old’ question, “Who’s fastest?” is put to rest. This year there was simply no doubt.  Not when a […]

A DAY AT THE BEACH

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Top Sprint Boat Racers from Seven States Vie for Championship Titles in Long Beach Most power boat racing fans just refer to it as “the beach.”  Eighty–one years ago there wasn’t a motorboat to be seen at Long Beach Marine Stadium, a city icon now recognized has a historical landmark.  Instead, it was the site […]

HOT BOATS ON ROUTE 66 – 2013

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It might seem unlikely that you’d schedule a ‘hot boat’ meet-up in the dead of winter, but if you live around Needles, California where historic Route 66 runs, it makes perfect sense.  That stretch of Colorado River just north of the I-40 bridge has become a haven for fast boats, and among them the most […]

RIVER ROCKET FEVER 2012

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It’s become a much anticipated annual event for Colorado River hot boaters — the Billy-B River Rocket showdown at Pirate Cove Resort in mid-September.  Needles, California is rapidly assuming the role as the headquarters for everything fast, loud and with a V-drive.  And master painter/artist Billy-B of Krazy Kolors seems to have the secret formula […]

AIRING IT OUT……S.C.O.P.E. OFFSHORE ACTION

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Maybe these boats aren’t ‘classic’ yet, but thought you might enjoy seeing what some of the members of SCOPE (Southern California Offshore Powerboats Elite) like to do on a Saturday afternoon for fun.  These shots were taken at the August 2012 SCOPE “Lunch Run” from Long Beach, California to Two Harbors on Catalina Island.   […]

SOMETHING OLD…SOMETHING NEW

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Ever See a Wood Deck Hondo XH511T Runner Bottom?  You Have Now! Among the most elite names in flatbottom history is Hondo, a line of record setting hulls designed and built by Irv and Peggy Ann Brendel back in the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s.  And of all their many models, quite possibly the most […]

BIG BLOCK LEGENDS RALLY

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Hot Boat Heaven at the River — February 2010 For more than 50 years, the Colorado River has been a fertile breeding ground for some of the fastest and most exotic high performance boats in the country.  The narrow strip of water just north of the California/Arizona border adjacent to Needles, California is one of […]

A THANKSGIVING TRADITION

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BlueWater Resort and Casino 63rd Annual Thanksgiving Regatta 2009 Obviously, boating racing and turkey dinners just go together.  At least that’s true for APBA circle boat racers on the West Coast.  For the past 63 years, the Southern California Speedboat Club has hosted a multi-day event over the Thanksgiving holiday.  As tradition dictates, the site […]