Lots To See In L.A.


Starting tomorrow, powerboat enthusiasts who venture to Pomona, Calif., for the 63rd annual Los Angeles Boat Show, which runs from Jan. 10-13 at the Pomona Fairplex, are going to have some pretty cool new hardware to check out.

Joe Rone’s new boat is one of three 27 Speedster models in the Eliminator Boats display at the L.A. Boat Show. Photo courtesy Eliminator Boats

With all of the performance boats set up in “High-Performance Hall,” aka building No. 5, that should be the first stop. From that point, it’s your call what to check out first. Surely the brightest boat in the bunch—the new M44 Widebody from DCB Performance Boats built for well-known DCB customer Dave “Magoo” Megugorac—is going to get your attention.

Dave and Buffie Megugorac’s impressive new DCB M44 Widebody catamaran was finished just in time for the boat show. Photo courtesy DCB Performance Boats

The El Cajon, Calif., builder is set to have a few other models alongside the stunning 44-foot catamaran, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 1550 engines and sits on a tilt trailer built by Peter Hledin and the team at Skater Powerboats, an M28R with twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines, an M31 with twin Mercury 1100 engines and an M33R also with Verado 400R engines.

In terms of new boats to see, make sure to head over to the Nordic Boats display, which is also combined with Hallett Boats since the same company owns them. The Lake Havasu City, Ariz., builder has its new 35 Flat Deck catamaran powered by a pair of Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines on hand. While the boat did hit the water last week, it was pretty much just a shakedown cruise not for any kind of testing or dialing in.

Stop by and see Thane, John or Bob and be sure to check out the variety of deck boats, sport boats and sport cats Nordic has on display this year—the third year the show has been held in Pomona.

Among several Nordic models on display at the Pomona Fairplex, the new 35-foot outboard-powered cat is going to get a lot of attention this week. Photo courtesy Nordic Boats

Also a must-visit display is the one from Eliminator Boats, which is going to be loaded with six new boats, including a recently delivered 2019 27 Speedster powered by a Mercury Racing 600SCi engine. The booth includes two more 27 Speedsters, a 28 Speedster and two Fundeck models. Plus, this is the first public display for the Mira Loma, Calif.-based company since the new ownership group took over in mid-December (read the story).

Jerry Barron of Barron Boats—and formerly with Hallett—is going to have his company’s first boat, a 290 Sport deck boat, on display in High-Performance Hall as well. Other boat builders you won’t want to miss are: Advantage Boats, Cobra Performance Boats, Lavey Craft Motorsports, Shockwave Custom Boats and more.

Of course, don’t forget to check out the various part suppliers—CMI, CP Performance, Eddie Marine, Livorsi Marine and more—not to mention your favorite insurance agent, Devin Wozencraft and the members of his Southern California-based team at Wozencraft Insurance.

The show runs through Sunday (Jan. 13) and admission to the 63rd annual show is $15 for adults ($5 off with military ID) and kids 12 and under are free. Check the show website for show hours, directions, exhibitor listings and more.



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