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    by Published on 09-29-2014 11:59 AM     Number of Views: 162 

    The 11th Annual DCB Regatta was held at the Lake Havasu Nautical Inn, September 26-28th, 2014. And once again DCB and company did it right. If I'm not mistaken there were around 61 boats and/or owners in attendance. Many of the boats started getting together on Friday afternoon. Registration was held at the Nautical Friday evening over drinks. Good to see a few old friends and meet some new ones. As we drove up to the Nautical, I was surprised to see the first DCB I owned, a 1997 24' Extreme. Absolutely loved that boat and wish I could have kept her. She is apparently up for sale now. Good luck to the seller and new owner. Many very good family memories were spent in that boat.

    We were fashionably late to the registration party Friday night, but not too late as to miss spending time with friends and discussing the weekends activities. Which honestly I was looking forward to a fairly low key weekend. Since our base camp for the weekend was the Heat, I knew I was going to have a bit of a challenge in front of me in regard to docking and parking the boat and trailer. So I made a executive decision to rent a slip at the Lake Havasu Marina for Friday night. Since I would be pulling the boat out of the water Saturday, seemed like a reasonable thing to do.

    That was until I actually had the boat in the water and the wind decided it would do with me what it wanted. Nonetheless I am persistent and can be very patient. So after wearing several layers of material off my gearset while doing 7-8, 9 point turns, I finally got my potato chip in to her bed for the night. And I am so glad I spent the extra $10-12 for a 12' wide slip vs. a 10'. To be honest, I didn't sleep much Friday night as the weather wasn't exactly cooperating. I had visions of my baby on her side on top of the dock vs. next to the dock. A couple extra vodka's helped put my mind at ease and I finally fell asleep. lol.

    Saturday morning weather was sketchy at best. But after all the work I did the night before, there was no question we would be boating today. Come hell or tornadic winds, we would be boating. After a few cups of coffee and half a bottle of Advil, it was off to the 10am drivers meeting.

    Shortly after the drivers meeting we were instructed to head over to Thompson Bay, circle the wagons and follow Bob Teague's F32 in to the channel for our annual DCB parade through the channel. Seemed like we did 7-8 circles, but finally managed to parade through the channel. This is probably the only time my boat actually sees the channel. It's a fun sight to see and a little more fun parading through it, but I'm not one to park and hang out. I bought my boat to drive it, so lets get this thing going already

    One of my favorite parts of this regatta are the running shots. And kudos to DCB and the rest of the DCB family for somehow managing to keep this thing moving super fast this year. Last year I think I burned a quarter tank of fuel waiting for our turn. Not the case this year. It was almost hurry up and get your jackets on we're next. Another rare occasion for me as I am not used to firewalling my baby and praying my drive holds up to max boost. But she did and after several seconds of losing the horizon (4 people aboard, full fuel, and a tall prop) we rolled over and were shortly on our way to 80+.

    The DCB chopper and Tommy (Tommygun photography) seemed to be inches away from us as I did my best to stay in front of the chopper, keep the right side of the boat up, and my passengers from committing mutiny. But all ended well and hopefully Tommy got at least one good shot of my good side.

    After the running shots we sprinted toward the card stops. Havasu Landing first for us, then onward toward the Springs. We kept the speeds reasonable. 70-80 most of the time, about all my little boat could handle considering the chop was pretty decent. I can usually tell if I've beaten my passengers up by how sore my body is the next day. I felt pretty good, so hopefully everyone had a good ride. I even felt pretty good about my speed as I only got passed 4-5 times. But when I did get passed, I got passed big. So I didn't feel too bad. Its when someone passes you and they're doing 3-5mph faster and you can't catch them. That's when it sucks to have the slower boat. Now if they're passing you 30-50mph faster? well nothing you can do about that except smile

    We hung out and tied up to a group of DCB'ers in one of the coves. The weather was great, the people were friendly, and we had a great time. Only problem is our camp leader, whose name escapes me because we forgot to designate a camp leader, forgot to pack food. So around 3pm or so we were all starving. So off to the Nautical we went.

    After a late lunch I decided to put my little boat away and do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day. What a great decision that was.

    Later that evening we headed to the DCB Black and White party. And we were only 1 1/2hrs late LOL. Dinner was in full swing by the time we arrived and a few of the guests were well on their way to an epic night. We had a bite to eat and before you could say M29 with a single 1350 and #8 (my dream boat), the door prizes were flying.

    For some reason this night, don't ask me why as I've never won a door prize in my life, there was absolutely no question in my mind I was going to win two door prizes tonight. We had two wrist bands and I was 100% confident we would win two prizes. When we won the first prize (a GoPro Hero 3), and we were elated to win that, I had a feeling it wasn't over. The last prize of the night was a ipad mini. And it too would be mine. The last winning wristband of the night. Thank you so much Teague Custom Marine and DCB. You guys are the best!

    At this point Dave Hemmingston, the founder of Daves Custom Boats, thanked his employees, vendors, and family members for their service. And rightfully so. Though Dave was, and is the visionary of DCB, without the first class team he put together, DCB would probably be just another custom boat builder. It was very good to see Dave give his team thanks and praise. He is a first class gentlemen and a stand up guy. And its easy to see why his employees and vendors praise him.

    The night wrapped up with a few more cocktails, dancing, and I'm sure a little story telling. In the end it was another great DCB Regatta. And another great way to spend some time on the lake, doing what we love to do. Boat and enjoy our friends and family.

    Thank you Peggi Vincent for all your hard work. And the countless others who make this great annual event possible.

    Until next year...
    HB

    by Published on 09-24-2014 06:54 AM
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    Stop making excuses. If you haven't been to the boat drags this is your opportunity. Its close. There are plenty of ...
    by Published on 08-04-2014 08:55 AM  Number of Views: 450 

    Another successful race for the books thanks to the good people at SCSC racing, ARP, all the staff, all the volunteers, the racers, and of course the fans.

    This years race, in my opinion, went off without a hitch. Glad to see Ross and his crew on top of things and doing everything possible to make sure this was a safe event for both the racers and race fans. This year a protective barrier was placed on the beach to keep spectators away from the beach and out of the water. Not only a great idea for safety but it also kept spectators out of the water and kept things moving.

    I don't have any attendance numbers for this year, but this Saturday seemed to be busier than Saturday of last years race. Sunday was definitely a little slower, no doubt the uncertainty of the weather played a part. We were just happy to see racing on Sunday when the weather was definitely not cooperating the night and morning prior to the race.

    Other than one fairly significant (as far as the boat is concerned) crash, no one was injured during this event. Great news and a testament to the skill of the drivers. While the competition was definitely fierce at times, it was fantastic to see everyone watching out for eachother. My hat is off to the drivers for keeping eachother safe during this race. And as always, for the incidents that did occur, the SCSC safety people and crews were Johnny on the spot. Thanks guys and gals for doing an amazing job.

    This year for me personally has been a challenge. For those who know what I am going through, I appreciate your patience and understanding. Many of you have offered your support and friendship and I truly appreciate that. I was extremely late for the drivers party Saturday. Honestly I was not going to attend. But Ross and a few others convinced me to at least show up. So just as the party was ending there I was lol. It was great to see so many friends and good people who I have not seen in quite awhile. Bittersweet about sums up Friday night for me.

    Moving along, the aroma of bacon and eggs permeated the air Saturday morning. Nothing smells better than bacon the morning prior to a boat race. About the only other smell that rivals it would be the smell of bacon mixed with Nitro. Heaven on earth if you ask me. Saturday was non stop racing action. Many of us begged for a break so we could grab a bite to eat or something cold to drink. I think everyone had their ducks in a row and the spectators got exactly what they paid for, non stop boat racing action. Saturday turned out to be a great day of racing.

    Saturday afternoon brought sprinkles and the weather definitely seemed sketchy. A successful day of racing Sunday seemed doubtful, especially when it rained most of the night Saturday and early Sunday morning. However, rumor has it Pat Eason put in a call to the boat racing gods and had them turn off the faucet Sunday morning just before the races were to start. Thank you Pat!

    Sunday started out with a few sprinkles and some clouds but definitely turned out to be another great day of racing. I have to give a shout out to the Australians and their 6 liter boats. Absolutely beautiful boats and amazing running boats. As a spectator, I hope these boats return as a class or a part of the future of circle boat racing in the West. They were a ton of fun to watch.

    For race results and more information on upcoming SCSC events, please check their website:
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    This year the HB camp was set up in vendor alley, a change from last year when we were parked with all the other RV's. The big blue eyesore seemed to draw a lot of attention, mission accomplished as far as that goes. Thank you Ross. It also worked out well for the photographer. Me. I was able to walk a few feet, take some pics and then hang out at our booth and chat with fans and friends. The common thread over the entire weekend was "great race", "glad we came out". Really good to hear that as the sport and boating in general really needs all the help and support it can get.

    If you are a fan of boat racing and were unable to attend, don't worry. A steady stream of boating racing is on the horizon, starting with Bayfair in San Diego next month.

    Hope to see you at the races,
    HB


    by Published on 06-03-2014 07:54 AM  Number of Views: 981 

    The 2014 Long Beach Spring Nationals will be held August 2-3, 2014 at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, Ca. Hotboat.com is once again the presenting sponsor. Don't miss this exciting event and venue. Plan early. See you at the races.

    by Published on 02-10-2014 07:01 PM




    Hotboat.com was fortunate enough to exhibit at the 2014 Los Angeles Boat Show. The LA Boat show is considered the granddaddy of boat shows on the West Coast by many. I would have completely agreed with that 8-10 years ago, however, the economy has definitely taken its toll on the LA Boat show much like its taken its toll on boating in general. I will say this, the last show we attended was probably 3-4 years ago. The 2014 LA Boat Show was definitely much, much larger and better by far.

    NMMA, the good people who put on the boat show, did a very good job of rounding up as many manufacturers and vendors as they possibly could. There wasn't much space left at all. NMMA also did a good job advertising the show. I heard from several non-boaters who either saw or heard about the show on TV, radio or other media. So it seemed to be well publicized in my opinion.

    DCB made a noticeable presence as well as Teague and Nordic. Nordic seemed to have the most performance boats at the show. Teague had several power packages on display as well as a couple of beautiful Eliminators.

    Another very noticeable difference at this show vs years past was the number of pontoon and tri-toon boats. Some of them were simply off the hook gorgeous. With power options ranging from: "I'll get there when I get there" to: "should we race that twin engine Cat or just let him be?". And talk about luxurious, some of these toons had bars that would rival some of the bars at a Vegas casino.

    Aside from the toons the ski boats showed up in force. I've heard the ski boat market was probably the first segment of the boating market to regain strength in the sales department. By the show of force, options, and accessories, if the number of ski boats at this show is any indication, the ski boat market must be doing well.

    I spent some time talking with several of the performance boat manufacturers, some of them stated boats were sold as a direct result of this show. Others had strong commitments from potential customers. Others seemed to have more tire kickers vs serious buyers. I would imagine this is typical for just about any show. Having exhibited in several industrial shows, my personal experience was more along the lines of "how do we keep the vendors and sellers out of our booth" LOL.

    Our goal for this particular show was probably a little different than the boat manufacturers, or dealers or other vendors. Our goal was to get the word out that hotboat.com is open for business and to sign up as many boaters or people who are interested in boating as we possibly could. With that goal in mind, I believe the show was a success. Not being selfish, I truly hope the show was as successful for the people who build our boats for us, the manufacturers.

    Someone asked to talk about the highs and lows of the show. I personally did not see any lows. I saw people open their booth or display at opening time each day and closing their booth/display at 6pm or 9pm every night. I also saw people working very hard to get their displays set up so the people who came to the show would have something good to look at. Were there any low points? If there were, I didn't see any. The only product that I thought was questionable was the drive/boat anchor. And I'm not slamming their product. But I personally would never use my outdrive to anchor my boat anywhere. If that ever happened, it would have been on accident and I would be kicking myself in the pants for letting it happen.

    I will not get in to whose boat had this and whose boat didn't. Variety and choice is why we all like different boats and different manufacturers. So before you pass judgment about any manufacturer, I recommend you do your homework and select the boat that best fits your needs. Once you've done that, leave the others alone. You didn't pick them, so why complain.

    Many people think attending a boat show is a waste of time if you're not in the market to purchase a boat or a boating accessory. I don't believe this at all. Attending a show such as the LA Boat Show gives all boaters, boating enthusiasts, etc. the opportunity to see what your favorite builder or builders are up to. Being informed about the industry and what new technology is out there can only help you. It also gives you a chance to talk to other boaters or people in the industry and to show support for the sport we all love.

    HB
    by Published on 01-30-2014 09:33 AM

    LOTO 2014 is out there a ways, but I just got off the phone with Captain Ron and this year is shaping up to be another record setting year. The schedule and venue will be pretty much the same as last year with a few minor changes. LOTO is currently frozen over, and many of the coves are also frozen over. Something they haven't seen there in many, many years. Ron said it was -9 last week or so on a Monday, the following Saturday it was 60. Almost a 70d temp swing. Bizarre weather for sure.

    Hotboat will be there again this year and we will be working with Ron and his team to try and bring you the best coverage we can. Last year was a huge learning experience, we hope to improve both on the coverage, and our personal enjoyment

    Good chance we'll be there a little earlier this year so we can enjoy the lake and some of its awesome establishments. Hopefully by water. So stay tuned for more information on this huge event as soon as it becomes available.

    HB



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