There are some boat builders in this great wide world that profess to build "Radons" or "like Radons" but be careful not to believe everything you hear or read. In the past, the Radon namewas not as well protected as it should have been and this has caused quite a lot of confusion for our customers. People have used the name or said they build Radons that either weren't authorized to use it or no longer had the right to use it.
My father, Ron Radon, Sr. created the name and he and my mom Velma sold the name to Linda & I in 1987.
Over the years, the name Radon has come to stand for quality, dependability and seaworthiness. Even if someone says they build a "Radon" type boat, that does not mean they put the quality into the boat and/or have the experience to know how to build it correctly. We at D.R. Radon Boat Building, Inc. continue to strive to achieve the high standards which set us apart from other boat builders.
So, do not be deceived! We are the only company on the planet Earth that has the right to use the name "Radon Boats".
# 1 - Los Angeles County Lifeguard/ Fire boat
A few months ago we delivered our second boat to Castaic Lake. This boat was different from the first boat we built then (see Radon Team Newsletter Issue #6) because it was specifically meant to fight fires at Castaic - boats on fire and fires on the shore line.
This new fire fighting/ patrol boat has a Mercruiser 496 MAG HO, 425 HP 8.1 Liter engine with a Bravo 2 outdrive and a stainless four blade prop. It has a Hale fire pump and nozzle which can pump out 500 gallons of water per minute.
First sea trial in Santa Barbara....
A dedication ceremony was held in July for the new boat. Below Is a copy of the program they created for the occasion
# 2 featured boat - Chris Monk's 29'
We recently went on a salmon fishing trip with Chris. Along for the adventure was another customer of ours, Bob Costarella, and Bob's son Joe. Bob is a friend of Chris's and ordered a Classic 26' Radon from us after seeing Chris's boat.
On the way out of the Bodega Bay harbor...
A giant thanks to Chris for taking us along on his boat!
Here are the stats from Chris's first boat test:
Shop Boating Tip
Many times on television, newspaper and radio you see or hear public service announcements regarding boating safety, especially during certain times of year. We strongly believe in these types of announcements. However, we have noticed that they usually don't mention what we consider to be one of the most important safety items for boaters -the anchor and anchor gear.
Your anchor gear is important because it may be the only thing that keeps you from drifting into another boat, the pier, rocks, or breaking waves if your power source is cut off. If you should find yourself with no power, and no immediate possibility of having power, and in danger of hitting something, your anchor should be set as soon as possible.
So, when you are getting your boat ready for boating season, pay very close attention to your anchor and anchor gear. This means checking the line and chain for wear and tear, and replacing anything that is not in optimum working order. By doing this you may be making the difference between a positive boating experience and a tragedy.
Engine care - Part 2
Photos from our customers/friends/relatives
Presenting.... At 7 pounds 9.5 ounces and 21 inches long...
And, Jason & Meggan Rick's new son, Griffin Daniel Rick with Dad & Mom, below
And last but not least, Jim and Lori Short's new granddaughter, Elby
Web site of interest
I just found a web site that may be of interest to some of you:
Matt goes fishing with Eric Downs!
Linda's dad, Dr. Ralph O'Brien, was featured in a Memorial Day article in his local newspaper in Griffin, Georgia. Ralph was a pharmacist's mate in the Navy on the USS Griffin, a submarine and patrol boat tender during WWII
Here is the photo they ran with the article
Waiting for surf
Here are Don & Linda's surfboards patiently waiting for surf....
Radon Team's Power Lifting Star!
Here is a photo of our daughter and employee, Kate Radon, bench pressing 402 pounds at a power lifting competition in Concord. You go, girl!
Radon crew summer party at Stow Grove Park!
Foxie Radon, 1989-2006
Many of our regular "Radon Team" readers probably remember the photo below from a past newsletter. We call it "the boss" and it is of our beloved dog Foxie sitting at Don's desk
Sadly, Foxie passed away in June. He was a great dog and we miss him.
Kate Radon, circa 1987, fishing on a Radon Sport 21
Kate's 25th birthday is on December 1st!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE
Radon Team is finished for now! See you next time!