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For over 40 years, Radon boats has been the benchmark by which all commercial diving, fishing and hard core sport boats are measured. From Alaska to Mexico and throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Radon boats have proven themselves to be the boat of choice for serious fishing and diving.
In the beginning of Radon boats
The Radon boats history began back in the early 1960s when avid sportsman and construction worker Ron Radon Sr. moved his family from their native Washington State to Santa Barbara California. After learning to scuba dive, Ron Radon was convinced by his buddies to try commercial abalone diving. Ron started diving the local Santa Barbara waters in a 16' sport fishing boat and soon found he could make a good living doing so. Soon Ron purchased a 20' fiberglass production hull and modified it to better suit commercial use. After the first season, Ron realized the shortcomings of his boat and decided to design something better.
In 1973, Radon boats purchased a new plant in Port Townsend, Washington. Ron Sr. sold the Santa Barbara facility to one of his long-time employees and set him up as a franchise builder. Radon boats relocated and began work on the first Radon boat molds. The molds expedited the building process, and insured uniformity to the much sought-after design. The first three molds were for 32', 24' and 19' boats. Soon after that, Ron set up franchises in California, Hawaii, and Singapore. His son Don Radon, at age 24, traveled to Hawaii and Singapore to help set up the new franchises and enjoyed the challenge. In 1977, Ron Sr. retired from boat building. Don and Ron Jr. then moved back to Santa Barbara and formed R & R Custom Boats. After a year together, the two brothers divided their operation and Don set up a new location in Morro Bay.
A New Focus
By 1985 commercial fishing boat sales were waning, and Don decided to concentrate on a more refined sport fishing boat built on the same principles and quality of the commercial Radon boats. The first boat in the line was the Radon Sport 21, a very basic sport boat with a walk-around cuddy cabin that appealed to many avid fishermen. The Radon Sport 21 was an instant hit at the 1986 Los Angeles Boat Show and propelled Don's business to new heights. Radon boats were once again the talk of the industry -- this time the sport fishing industry!
A Needed Break
After more than 20 years in the business, Don decided that he needed a break from boat building. He sold the molds he had designed at Innovator, along with a new 25' hull mold, and licensed the Radon boats name to his old acquaintance Harold Davis. Harold started Davis Boats based in San Luis Obispo County where he has built the Radoncraft line of boats for a number of years.
Back to the Roots
As his father had done more than 20 years before, Don took the empirical knowledge gained from working the boat commercially and turned it into an improved design. The newly designed 26' hull that came out of this experience was the first significant hull change in many years.
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