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Issue No. 31, Summer 2011

Compiled & edited by Linda Radon

President's Message 

My passion for our business comes from many places, but first and foremost is my love of the ocean. Ocean water flows through my veins whether I am fishing, diving, surfing, or just hanging out in a cove at the Channel Islands. During those times, life just feels right for me.

I recently read a quote that struck a chord in me. This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain - “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.

The time I have spent on the ocean over the past 30 years has rarely disappointed me. There have been times when the fishing was slow, the water was dirty and rough, or the surf was flat. However, just the process of getting ready for an ocean adventure makes me happy. I go into freedom mode – planning, packing, and then finally on my way. At that point, I really feel lucky to have the opportunity to spend time on the ocean.

From 8-5 our lives are filled with things we have to do.  Being on the ocean is something we want to do, and it cannot be replicated.

Go out and enjoy your life!

Don Radon 

 

Featured Boat

26' Maui Fire/Rescue boat

*based in Molokai

 

Radon 26' Maui Fire/Rescue boat 

The Maui Fire Department recently took delivery of a new 26’ Radon. Their boat is powered by twin, 220 HP Yanmar diesels.

The boat will be used for fire, patrol and rescue on the island of Molokai.  Molokai is noted for having very rough seas similar to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. 

Radons were developed to navigate the rough water of the Channel Islands, which is why they are such an appropriate boat for Hawaiian waters.


Matthew tests the “fishability” of the new Molokai boat
Matthew tests the “fishability” of the new Molokai boat


A unique use for a rope locker
A unique use for a rope locker 


Jeremy and Don putting the stickers on
Jeremy and Don putting the stickers on 


The Maui Fire Department's new Radon 26'
The boat attracted a lot of attention parked at our house the night before our trip to San Diego. Notice the reflective stickers. 


The Maui Fire Department's new Radon 26'

The Maui Fire Department's new Radon 26'
Sea trials in Molokai 


The Maui Fire Department's new Radon 26'


Don in a training session with the Molokai Fire Dept.


The Maui Fire Department's new Radon 26'



2008 and 2011 Maui Fire Department Radon 26s

 

Above and below – the 2008 Maui Fire Dept. 26’ Radon and the new Molokai 26’ Radon


2008 and 2011 Maui Fire Department Radon 26s


Don and Linda Radon

On the beach on Molokai after the sea trials were complete. Molokai is a beautiful island and the people there were very friendly.


Molokai airport

At the Molokai airport . Thanks to James Toby King for the travel bag


Maui Fire Dept Capt. Eddie Taomoto

Maui Fire Dept Capt. Eddie Taomoto standing above Kalaupapa


 

     Eddie helped us with the boat project as well as providing us with many of the photos taken in Molokai.

 

     Also, we want to give a big thanks to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Shimada and the entire staff at the Maui and Molokai Fire Departments for their continued belief in and support of Radon Boats.


Don and Bill Parsons in front of Bill’s 24’ Radon in the Lanai harbor

Don and Bill Parsons in front of Bill’s 24’ Radon in the Lanai harbor


 

     After we delivered the boat to Molokai,we had a great visit with Bill Parsons on Maui.

 

     Bill took us on a wonderful day trip to Lanai on his boat. He also hosted some great dinners at his newly opened restaurant, Duke’s Beach House on Maui.



 

Rada-maran!


Radon Cat, Radamaran

 

Don and Mike Armstrong get the prototype “Radamaran” out for a sea trial. The design is based on the “catamaran” design, coupled with the “Radon” hull


Radamaran


Tom Chung’s 29’ Radon gets an extended overhead 


Tom Chung's Radon 29'

 

Tom’s boat was hauled out in Long Beach at the Cabrillo Boat Shop. Lynn’s Towing trailered it to our shop in Goleta


Tom Chung's Radon 29'

Our fiberglass crew built a new overhead extension and did a really great job on it!


Jeremy with the new stainless supports built by Dan Shannon Stainless

Jeremy with the new stainless supports built by Dan Shannon Stainless

 


Project complete! In a slip at the Santa Barbara Harbor!

Project complete! In a slip at the Santa Barbara Harbor!


 

Tom made a few stops on the way back home


Tom Chung Tom Chung
Tom Chung's Radon 29' Tom Chung's Radon 29'

Catalina Island

 

 

17’ Radon restoration project


Don doing a drawing for the new owner, Rick Lowe   Rick Lowe's Radon 17'

Don doing a drawing for the new owner, Rick Lowe


The 17’ before we de-rigged

The 17’ before we de-rigged


The windshield is off!

The windshield is off!


Radon 17' restoration project Radon 17' restoration project

Jeremy starting the overhead… The overhead is attached


Thanks to Rick for this project – we really enjoyed it

 

Thanks to Rick for this project – we really enjoyed it



 

 

 

Father’s Day Fishing/Diving/Surfing trip


Matthew and Jeremy are ready to head out to the Islands

 

Matthew and Jeremy are ready to head out to the Islands


Whale sighting!

Whale sighting!


Matthew getting ready to dive

Matthew getting ready to dive


Don was one happy daddy!

Don was one happy daddy!


Don surfs while Matthew dives

Don surfs while Matthew dives

Don surfs while Matthew dives


Rock cod


Ling cod!

Ling cod!


Rock cod


Rock cod


Mr. Squid

Mr. Squid


Matthew fishing the bow

Matthew fishing the bow


Cassie loves boating too!

Cassie loves boating too!


Required snacks for a fishing trip

Required snacks for a fishing trip



Photos from family, customers & friends


Jeremy with his 47 pound halibut!!!!!!!!

Jeremy with his 47 pound halibut!!!!!!!!


Yellowfin tuna

 

From left to right, Jay Moris, John Metaxas, Steve Radon and Frank Foley. They are shown with a Yellowfin tuna caught in Northeast canyons,Sept 2007

 

           As far as we know, Steve is not related to us, but we appreciate his photo!


Matthew with two big sheepshead he caught

Matthew with two big sheepshead he caught


Garth Tarlow with two awesome WSB on his 24’ Radon

Garth Tarlow with two awesome WSB on his 24’ Radon


Jim Short with his cutthroat trout

Jim Short with his cutthroat trout


24' Radon at San Miguel Island 24' Radon at San Miguel Island

24' Radon at San Miguel Island

Above -Mark Herrin’s 24’ Radon at San Miguel Island, many years ago…


 

Family!


Our family – Don, Linda, Jeremy, Kate, Sarah, Josh & PJ

Our family – Don, Linda, Jeremy, Kate, Sarah, Josh & PJ


PJ and Linda hanging out at West Marine

PJ and Linda hanging out at West Marine


Josh & PJ – a favorite photo

Josh & PJ – a favorite photo


Don and PJ in the Santa Barbara harbor (with the SB Harbor boat behind them)

 

Don and PJ in the Santa Barbara harbor (with the SB Harbor boat behind them)


This is what hangs on our coat rack!

This is what hangs on our coat rack!


Lunch at the Nugget in Goleta -from left, Don, Linda, Jeremy, Matthew, Chepe and Jose

Lunch at the Nugget in Goleta -from left, Don, Linda, Jeremy, Matthew, Chepe and Jose






 

Photo ArchivePhoto archives

Thanks to Bev Morgan for these photos! 


Dawn - a 24’ x 9’ Radon, early ‘70’s

24' x 9' Radon 24' x 9' Radon
24' x 9' Radon 24' x 9' Radon

 

Advance - a 22’ x 8’ Radon, early ‘70’s

22' x 8' Radon 22' x 8' Radon 22' x 8' Radon 22' x 8' Radon

 

 

Don Radon

Don on the set of Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (Part 2)

 He played the part of the water monster!


 

Radon Team is finished for now! See you next time!

 

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