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Old 11-09-2011, 05:31 PM   #151
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Wow Skiff Thank you for posting all those pictures. Especially the North Coast Pictures. Talk about super slick. Some Beautiful country too.
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:58 PM   #152
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Glad you guys are enjoying 'em. The north coast looking stuff is up along the West Coast of Vancouver Island this last Summer... that coastline and those fjords might be the ultimate boating adventure; just beyond unbelievable? The fishing was off the charts, but the only diving I saw was a commercial Radon diving geoducks in Puget Sound one day when we had the boat out? I heard that there's more Radons up there; at one point the Port Townsend yard was cranking 'em out for the various Indian tribes up there; who used them to commercially fish? Always funny to me where these dive boats show up....Once you get onto VI, most of the boats are either commercial grade aluminum, or the big RHIBS that they blast the tourists around in. Certainly lots to see up there off a boat, it was a fantastic trip.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:28 PM   #153
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Glad you guys are enjoying 'em. The north coast looking stuff is up along the West Coast of Vancouver Island this last Summer... that coastline and those fjords might be the ultimate boating adventure; just beyond unbelievable? The fishing was off the charts, but the only diving I saw was a commercial Radon diving geoducks in Puget Sound one day when we had the boat out? I heard that there's more Radons up there; at one point the Port Townsend yard was cranking 'em out for the various Indian tribes up there; who used them to commercially fish? Always funny to me where these dive boats show up....Once you get onto VI, most of the boats are either commercial grade aluminum, or the big RHIBS that they blast the tourists around in. Certainly lots to see up there off a boat, it was a fantastic trip.
Skiff, I have always wanted to do a trip like that! Did you sleep on the boat or camp? Both boats look amazing.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #154
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Our boat is a 16' Radoncraft Bahia built by Davis in morro bay. The hull is a 95 and the cabin was added years later with a new engine. We are getting about 4.25 mpg crusing at 20 kts. From what the previous owner told us the hull weighed 1500lb and the motor and cabin together add 800lbs so we are probably around 2500 with fuel. It's fun to see how everyone else handled the cabins on little boats. Looks like an epic trip you had, put that one on the bucket list.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:04 PM   #155
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Glad you guys are enjoying 'em. The north coast looking stuff is up along the West Coast of Vancouver Island this last Summer... that coastline and those fjords might be the ultimate boating adventure; just beyond unbelievable? The fishing was off the charts, but the only diving I saw was a commercial Radon diving geoducks in Puget Sound one day when we had the boat out? I heard that there's more Radons up there; at one point the Port Townsend yard was cranking 'em out for the various Indian tribes up there; who used them to commercially fish? Always funny to me where these dive boats show up....Once you get onto VI, most of the boats are either commercial grade aluminum, or the big RHIBS that they blast the tourists around in. Certainly lots to see up there off a boat, it was a fantastic trip.
Were you in the Broken Islands or further north? I really love that area.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:07 PM   #156
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skiff im up in the peuget sound every summer! maybe we can get some dive time in next year. and are there any waves over there?! lol it looks FLAT!!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:20 PM   #157
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Our boat is a 16' Radoncraft Bahia built by Davis in morro bay. The hull is a 95 and the cabin was added years later with a new engine. We are getting about 4.25 mpg crusing at 20 kts. From what the previous owner told us the hull weighed 1500lb and the motor and cabin together add 800lbs so we are probably around 2500 with fuel. It's fun to see how everyone else handled the cabins on little boats. Looks like an epic trip you had, put that one on the bucket list.
Ellwood,

My Dad (Bill Anderson) and I put the cabin on your boat when Wayne owned it, I think it was 2005 or 2006. Back then the "Rebel" had a 90 hp Evinrude 2-smoke, that was a fun project.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:22 AM   #158
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Awesome thread we've got going here. Radons are hands down in my opinion the best boat around for the sb channel. Designed specifically as a commercial dive platform for abalone and sea urchin.

I dive on 32'x10' w/ a 500 hp cummins cta and v-drive. Ultra stable and surfs down swell very well. We packed on 3,400 lbs from Rosa on a day trip and came in at 18 kts still. Testament right there

Hey Jeff, Hows the new boat treating you? I still haven't seen it out at the islands, where you been hiding?

Here's a couple pics, first 2 are us and the other 2 are a buddys boat. The bigger one in the middle of the last pic is a 36' Wilson another great boat

bear with me on the pics, im not good at this stuff
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Old 11-10-2011, 01:11 PM   #159
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Our boat is a 16' Radoncraft Bahia built by Davis in morro bay. The hull is a 95 and the cabin was added years later with a new engine. We are getting about 4.25 mpg crusing at 20 kts. From what the previous owner told us the hull weighed 1500lb and the motor and cabin together add 800lbs so we are probably around 2500 with fuel. It's fun to see how everyone else handled the cabins on little boats. Looks like an epic trip you had, put that one on the bucket list.
Ellwood - killer boat, i was launching my 20ft Radon (my profile pic) a few weeks ago when you guys were coming in. I woulda stopped to say hi and introduce myself but we were in a hurry to get some waves on the backside of Cruz and leaving at 1pm was a late start to say the least....but we did score

Skiff - Jeff, great pics as always, you know i definitely enjoy seeing the adventures you have on your Radon. Ed and Bill did amazing work on your boat - best smaller Radon out there IMO.
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:11 PM   #160
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Skiff,

This might be one of the coolest boating shots I have ever seen!

I would love to take my 17' Anderson on a trip like this.

MINI COMMERCIAL BOATS UNITE!
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:45 PM   #161
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Bada$$ boats and thread! Let's see some of the waves you guys are scoring
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #162
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Bada$$ boats and thread! Let's see some of the waves you guys are scoring
sorry. nice try tho
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:07 PM   #163
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sorry. nice try tho
my thoughts exactly

ok...here you go...


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Old 11-10-2011, 07:22 PM   #164
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Funny guys!!! But, I'd never post my pictures on here either... Ive been to the ranch, skunk point, and a few sick waves at san clemente island, I wanna surf san nic one of these days!
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #165
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I don't know if my boat would qualify as a Radon -- it's a Radoncraft, or a Davis. It's one of the 26' hulls that, as I understand it, were part of some sort of bankruptcy or something along those lines.

She's a 1991 hull, diesel powered, and has a lot of bells and whistles; however, she's not pretty!

Features:

26' Custom Flybridge full walk around
Volvo 235 Diesel Engine
Duo-prop outdrive
Large bow pulpit with toe rail
Fiberglass swim step
Furuno Radar
GPS chart plotter with map cartridges for San Diego & Southern CA
Second station Furuno GPS
Commercial grade Simrad 50/200 color CRT fishfinder
Engine driven compressor refrigerated fish hold
Robertson auto pilot
Two VHF radios & external speakers
Heart Interface Freedom Marine 20 battery charger/110v inverter
Link charge/condition battery monitor
Microwave
5 scoop divided fiberglass bait tank
Main & back-up bait pumps
Foward plumbed bait well
Power hydraulic steering
Power anchor windlass/winch
Fully enclosed stand-up head
Internal plumbed engine flush-out
Wash down pump
3 ea. Bilge pumps (2 automatic)
High water alarms
Micro Commander electronic shift/throttle
Hard top with eisenglass enclosure
Deck flood lights and docking light
Stainless rocket launcher rod holders (numerous)
Raised self-draining flush deck (no engine box) & stainless railing
Fish cleaning station
Outriggers & downrigger
Custom painted galvanized trailer: electric/hydraulic brake system with disc brakes and new stainless calipers & brake lines

Whew! Let's just say that we have a lot of fun with her, when we're able to get on the water.

A few photos from our exploits, attached.
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