The concept of a video-rich, do-it-yourself website for hands-on go-fast powerboat owners has been tossed around among marine media types for years. But the execution of such an essential and poweful online portal has to date been elusive. Gathering the parts and personnel to execute such a useful website, from the actual project-work involved to capturing it all on video, has proven to be a tall order that no one has successfully filled.
Launched quietly just a few weeks ago, Powerboat1.com, which is being backed by an array of marine parts manufacturers and distributors, could change that.
With Powerboat1.com, an online do-it-yourself video-based website for powerboat owners has arrived. (Click the image above to watch a sample video.)
Visitors to the new website will find, for example, a step-by-step video chronicling the “resto-mod” of a General Motors LS-based engine project—from taking the 5.3-liter engine from an automobile and converting and prepping it for marine use to installing it in a boat. More-basic subjects, such as changing a shift-cable on jet drive, are also covered in a simple how-to video format.
“The principals behind such major brands as CP Performance, Hardin, Marine, Mayfair Performance and a number of other brands have turned their interests toward not just producing products, but to creating an entity that can represent all of the major marine manufacturers’ products through an informative installation-video series,” said Rick Bourns, a Powerboat1.com representative who also hosts the online videos.
The site is broken down into five major categories: Modifications, Restorations, Reviews, Tech and Upgrades. With a goal of “representing all of today’s major marine manufacturers,” the site also is developing content with the support of Holley, MSD, Quick Fuel, and Autometer through an informative installation-video series, according to Bourns.
“The videos will be geared toward everyday powerboat owners, not just those who are affluent,” he said. “Our video productions will cover upgrades allowing an existing boater to upgrade to the many features—only thought possible on a new boat—on their own.
“The future is bright and full of opportunities to connect with boaters through helpful, easy-to-follow videos that include before-and-after project results,” he added.
Among the future videos series in the works is a stern-drive-to-outboard conversion project.