The most popular online destination for performance-boat owners west of the mighty Mississippi, River Dave’s Place will release its first round of boat tests this week, according to Dave Johnson, the founder and owner of the website. While Johnson was—by design from the start—not involved hands-on in the testing, Aaron Fluent of Absolute Speed and Marine in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Chris Hamlin of Prestige Marine, also in Lake Havasu City, handled all the dry land inspections for the 14 West Coast custom powerboats the RDP team tested. Both are well-known and respected figures in the Lake Havasu area.
Veteran high-performance marine writer Bob Brown served as the team’s lead test driver and authored of all of the evaluations. Photographer Dusty Woodell captured all the images.
“There was a void in the industry for this, and there was definitely a demand from the manufacturers,” said Johnson. “They have been clamoring for boat tests for the past two years because no one has been doing them. All the tests that have been done before were exercises in advertising, not real tests. They were all fluff.”