Though his real job for the past 30 years has been building high-performance powerboat and hot rod engines, Alex Sahagian, the founder of BoostPower USA in Newbury Park, Calif., is also an educator of sorts. Since the early 1990s, he’s written a technical column for an evolution of magazines that started with Hot Boat and eventually morphed into Speedboat, where he still contributes—and is a boat test team driver—today. Sure, some of Sahagian’s motivation comes from promoting his own business—he makes no secret of that—but the truth is he genuinely enjoys sharing his knowledge.
That’s why he started his popular quarterly EFI/Engine Building School two years ago. It’s also the reason he’s launching BoostPower USA TV, a weekly Ustream online program. The first episode, which can be accessed by clicking here, airs this evening at 6 p.m. (PST)
“Our ultimate goal is to give back knowledge to the public and promote technology and concepts used to push the industries forward,” said Sahagian. “Our first show, which will be no less than 30 minutes, will be an introduction to what we’re doing. We’ll have live chat for the people who log on to Ustream. In future programs, we plan to discuss and review—uncut—specific products and have open discussions on miscellaneous high-performance auto and marine subjects from engine internals, setups, powertrains, electronic fuel injection and more. We also plan to promote—in full force—our EFI and engine-building school through the show this year.”
Tonight’s episode will air in standard definition. Subsequent programs will be Ustreamed in high definition from the shop’s engine “red room” and dynamometer room—with a working engine on the dyno.
Sahagian said that one of his primary goals is to remove the intimidation factor that’s common among newcomers, whether their goal is building their own engines or simply understanding the basics of the process.
“So many people are scared of it or don’t understand it,” he said. “My goal is to make it ‘idiot proof’ and provide solid information and good examples.”
And you can check it out online tonight.
Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.