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    Default Looking for info on the White Lightning Prototype Boat

    Does anyone have any other info on the Esquire Boats "White Lightning" Designed by Jim Youngblood and Phil Percival, other then whats on the young blood web site... White Lightning Special... Basically was wondering if this hull is in someones garage/shop/etc somewhere, and is anyone still alive that put a hand in on building this boat, would be cool to get straight direct info. This hull looks bad a**, that custom top deck is the bizzzness.



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    Jan @ Lightning headers may have some info......
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    The hulls originated as Esquire which became Southwind. As per previous post, Jan at Lightning Manufacturing ran several of the hulls over the years. Futs, here on the boards grandfather operated Southwind for some number of years and may be able to shed some light on the subject.

    I was told the original white one pictured above came with and was seen with Jim in Arkansas in the early 1970's, 40 years ago, I have not heard anything since that time.
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    PS, Jim Youngblood is still alive and resides in the Monroe, LA area. It has been a couple of years since i have spoken to him.
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    Still alive...haha it was only in the 70's . Southwind built a few of them. I have sat in a couple of them. They are the 18 southwind bottom. Jan had a tunnel bottom on one of his i believe. They looked cool back in the day, but they were a race only deal. Jan At lightning might still have his. It was black and silver. I have a couple pics at home of it. Think i posted it in the pic thread a few years ago as well.

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    Ok cool thanks guys for the info, I really appreciate it, ill contact Jan see what info I can get. Tim I'd love to see those pics, that deck looks rad. Def not what you see everyday.

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    This is all can find right now, i will dig around for some different ones.
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    Deeeeennnnng Tim those are bad a** looking, Bet with some modern hardware set up, would be the shizzzzzzz, I really wonder if some one has one of these somewhere now...

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    Found this pick on Lightning MFG's web site..

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    My dad, Larry Salsberry, was part of the original Esquire crew. The first tunnel bottom was an oops of his that nearly cost him his job and later became a record setting design. I'd be happy to ask him anything you'd like to know. I'm also interested in picking up an Esquire if anyone has one they would be willing to part with- I'd love to have the opportunity to see my dad in one. Esquire dissolved around the time I was born and to my knowledge none of the guys walked away with one when it ended, including my dad.

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    Jan still has his boat. A buddy who goes by Lightning fairly often told me that a couple of years ago they changed the deck to a conventional left hand steer, two seat deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RIVER4FUN View Post
    Jan still has his boat. A buddy who goes by Lightning fairly often told me that a coupe of years ago they changed the deck to a conventional left hand steer, two seat deal.




    So that means there is a top laying around somewhere!
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    Seems like it would be difficult to clear the boat in the evnt of a blowover or crash... kind of stuck in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcsrollin View Post
    So that means there is a top laying around somewhere!
    Talked to Jan today and he said as far as he knows his boat was cut up but the deck could be still around sitting in someone's warehouse.

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