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Old 07-20-2011, 01:27 AM   #16
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

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My Radon 24'er saved my bacon during a sudden mid-channel storm off Catalina...The sky turned a swirling black and soon, I was going up 15' curler waves with my feet off the deck, hanging from the steering wheel..dropping off the top for 10', skipping down the front like a surf board...3 1/2 hours to go 15 miles...waves breaking over the boat would fill the deck up to my knees...wave tops were blowing away into sea foam at about 60 mph...the sealed engine compartment and self-draining deck saved my life..any other boat would have gone down...best dive boat ever made...
wow that sounds freaking scary
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:41 AM   #17
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Adam, sorry for the confusion. The Radon hull design is not based on a deep-v. It's a very different design that has been one of the keys to the Radon success. I'll go back and edit my post to make it more clear.
Thanks for clearing that up, Lance. For a few minutes there I was scratching my head thinking, "Well, it sure doesn't look like a v-hull to me, but Lance obviously know more about boats than me, so....".
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:26 AM   #18
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Wow...as if I didn't already have boat fever/envy...very nice.
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Old 07-20-2011, 09:59 AM   #19
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Great post, best radon I have seen.
Questions: Where can I get a Radon shirt? How, when and why do you use the underwater cameras.

Congrats to Don Radon, a living legend for sure.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:04 AM   #20
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Great write-up! Is yours a single screw diesel?
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:11 AM   #21
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

From the day I first went fishing with my Dad a nice, big Radon has always been my dream. I often find myself just cruising through the harbor to look at a few.

A funny side note, the pride of ownership of people that have Radons (or Andersons or Wilsons)is always present. They seem to know everyone else who has one. I can't tell you how many times I have had people come up to talk about my boat (an Anderson) for no other reason than they also have one. A special local community for sure.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:47 AM   #22
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

JimmyJam, you can call the Radon shop to get a shirt. Phone, address, and lots of boat pictures can be found on the website (but you'll need to call for a shirt): http://www.radonboats.com

I use the underwater cameras to look for WSB in thick kelp and choppy water. It's pretty awesome to nose into a big kelp forest and see a school of seabass without even getting wet -- makes for a lot of motivated divers scrambling to get in the water first. They also help when looking under paddies for YT (especially in rough conditions). And, they are great fun when running through dolphin in the channel. When dolphin ride the bow wave, you get an amazing close-up view of the pod.

"Congrats to Don Radon, a living legend for sure." Agree!
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:31 AM   #23
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

Whoa! Awesome boat man what a dream. Thanks for posting such great detail!

I drooled
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:36 AM   #24
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Simply awesome! Thanks for the great informative read and those u/w cameras are so flippin cool!!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:38 AM   #25
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Is there a waiting list to become your friend? Sick boat. I rode a 22' anderson to the channel islands once and remember it being a very stable hull at rest.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:07 PM   #26
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Michael, it's a single screw gas 454 MPI. I've hit 40 MPH on the GPS, but I cruise 30ish in average weather. Gets 1.75 MPG at just about any planing speed.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:39 PM   #27
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My dream boat. Radons are built for following seas. Running from those white buffaloes.

You're rig is amazing. Some day, some day .....
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:14 PM   #28
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Great post, best radon I have seen.
Questions: Where can I get a Radon shirt? How, when and why do you use the underwater cameras.

Congrats to Don Radon, a living legend for sure.
Whats your size? I may have one for ya, it does not fit me... as I... um.....
may have um.....gained...... a bit.....of weight since I got it about 10 years ago, a close bud has a Radon, so I bought the shirt and I think some hoodies too, Its still hanging in the closet almost new!

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Old 07-20-2011, 01:31 PM   #29
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Re: California Dive Boats -- the legend of Radon (pictures)

interesting milage comparison: our 25' Parker with twin 200 h.p. Yamahas burns 14 to 15 gph at 27 mph cruise, so, both boats appear to be about the same in fuel usage..
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #30
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Words can not describe the level of my jealousy. We had Don design and install a new fuel tank on our our little 17ft CC...even for such a small job, he was happy to do it and it goes without saying that the work was great.

You have some epic freedivers for brother in laws...? Played some Polo with Matt Lum, and the end of eash semester he usually has a BBQ at his house.....my jaw dropped at all the amazing pics he has of diving and shooting fish, especially of the one where he is skin diving right next to a rogue Orca


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