Barron Boats (Azusa, CA), the performance boat manufacturer owned by Jerry Barron, will debut a new model at the Los Angeles Boat Show this Thursday.
The 190 RS, a vee hull, will join Barron’s 290S deckboat as part of a growing lineup that draws from Jerry’s years as the head of Hallett Boats. The 190 RS is a single-engine ski-racing machine set up to handle outboard, jet and V-drive engines. It’s described as a “highly flexible hull for your dream build,” featuring wide interior space that can accommodate up to seven or eight passengers. It’s got two buckets up front, a rear bench and two side seats in a wraparound seating configuration. It features a 50-gallon fuel capacity and is “sexier than hell,” according to Barron.
The first 190 out of the mold will be exhibited at the L.A. show with a wakeboard tower and a Mercury Pro XS 250 outboard for power.
Barron says he was inspired to design the 190 because of his childhood, which he spent boating in Blythe, CA, on the shallow waters of the California River. “So I designed and built this boat just to kind of go back to my childhood a little bit,” he says. “Nobody has come up with anything this small, that’s this sexy and bitchin’ in 30 years. I’m just trying to find a nerve with the public—something that they don’t have that they’re looking for.”
He says that the ideal buyer for the 190 would be a guy in his 20s with a family of 2-3, who doesn’t necessarily have a ton of money, but who wants to wakeboard and scream up and down the river in the 70-mph range. The boat, he adds, can be customized to sport a wood bottom, or as a jetboat with a big exposed motor or in any number of other configurations.
Come see the first Barron 190 at the L.A. Boat Show, which opens Thursday.