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Inside the 57th Annual L.A. Boat Show

After closing down to the first day of the Progressive Los Angeles Boat Show with my good friend Tim Weinzirl from Performance Boat Candy, I drove the hour-long trip home and opted jump online (rather than sleep) and post a short summary and photo gallery of the products being featured at the 57th annual L.A. Boat Show, which runs through Sunday (Feb. 10).

Powered by a single Mercury OptiMax 300XS, Nordic Boats showed off its latest 24 SX catamaran, its first with an outboard engine.

Powered by a single Mercury OptiMax 300XS, Nordic Boats showed off its latest 24 SX catamaran, its first with an outboard engine.

I spent the afternoon and evening at the Los Angeles Convention Center visiting with quite a few company principals including Bob Leach of Eliminator Boats, Jerry Barron of Hallett Boats, Gene Willen of Howard Boats and the Nordic Boats’ dynamic duo—Thane Tiemer and John Lovell. I also caught up with Jessica Gamarra of Ilmor Marine, the crew from Teague Custom Marine—Eric McCarthy, Bob Teague and his lovely daughter Cherilyn—and Tom Veronneau of CompX Marine.

The general consensus seemed pretty positive, but there was a definite wait-and-see attitude from the performance boat builders, which included Eliminator, Essex Boats, Hallett, Howard, Nordic and Shockwave Boats. Obviously there were a lot more boats than just the go-fast models. In fact, the show, which was dominated by wakeboard and pontoon boats, featured the all-new 21 Jet from Sea Ray Boats.

Here’s a look at more photos from the show. Click on each one for the caption and to make it larger.

Hallett Boats showed off the latest incarnation of its 29-foot sportboat. Teague Custom Marine brought its restored Grand National race boat to the show. Powered by a Mercury Racing HP700SCi engine, this 27 Speedster from Eliminator Boats was one of three boats on display from the company.
Essex Boats had two of its popular 28-foot deck boats on hand in L.A. Livorsi Marine had a full array of products on display at the L.A. Boat Show. A Lake of the Ozarks Shootout class winner, Ivan 'Buck' Stracener's 28 SS was on display in the Nordic booth.
Howard Custom Boats had two models at the show—a 28 Sport Deck and a new 28 SDS. Powered by a TCM 825 engine, this Nordic 29 Deck Boat owned by retired Indy racer Dennis Firestone was featured in the Teague booth. Eliminator Boats equipped its latest 260 Eagle with a wakeboard tower.
From old-school outboard race boats to big-dollar high-performance offshore catamarans, the L.A. Boat Show has a wide array of boats on display. Nordic's lone V-bottom at the show was the company's sizable 39V powered by twin Mercury Racing HP700SCi engines and No. 6 drives. Sea Ray showed off one of its 21 Jets, an all-new model featuring a Weber four-stroke engine.
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