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    Do any of you remember Tom Roland? Died during a boat race I believe in the 80's Well, he made some boats before his fatal crash. Does anyone know any info about these boats and some background info on Tom himself?

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    Hello, I am Tom's nephew and was involved some with the 21' Royale jet boats Tom built. Which one do you have? Could you post pics of it?

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    my father picked this boat up recently. it had been sitting for 16 years. This is serial number 0000001. 21 Cruiser
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    Welcome to the boards DRAC. Nice find, congratulations. You have a very good boat there. That is the first boat that Tom built from the mold. He named them Royale Boats. Was this boat still in the Hollywood area? If I recall correctly it was originally sold to a gentleman that was involved with the production of the show Moonlighting with Bruce Willis and Cybil Sheppard. It still appears to be in pretty good condition. The interior still appears to be original, teak ski locker door appears orig. and the pump installation appears just as Tom set it up. Somebody added those trim tabs. The trailer was built by Jan at Lightning Headers. This boat was at the Anaheim boat show the first year he was in business around 1983-84. I have a file with the original sales fliers from the show and some photo negatives. I have pictures of that boat in my office. That boat ran and handled very well. It was built with a stock 420 hp. Dominator engine & pump package with the Lightning (un-jacketed) chrome thru transom headers. It ran 72mph bone stock off the trailer with full interior etc. at Parker at the NJBA drags. The bare hull weighed 950 lbs. Tom had Merrill Combs of Aqua Craft boats in Riverside lay up the hulls. I have missed that boat since the day it sold. I have often wondered where it was and what kind of condition it might be in. It's great to see it was well cared for. I would enjoy talking to you more about it if your interested. If It's still in the L.A. area I would enjoy seeing it as well if that's not to odd of a thing to say. Thank you for posting up the question and following up with the post. It's like finding an old friend and seeing they're doing well. I could pm you my contact info. if you are interested. Thanks again, Warren.

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    unfortunately I am living in Idaho for the next year, so I am unable to personally see this boat with my own eyes. This boat is at my fathers house in California, but this boat will be in great hands and will be done right. I will try to get some info on the progress as soon as I can receive it. thanks for the response, my father and I greatly appreciate it. do you think you can get those negatives up if possible?

    Headers must have been changed, but still are injected. Plate welded to collectors are stamped RAM Performance Products 100% stainless steel.
    3.5 at exit. Probably going to remove them and install jacketed 4 due to not really the exhaust to run with a covered engine. Floor is solid. Boat was in Texas for a time and then came back to CA. Got from a guy named Craig, he said he became pretty good friends with your uncle. He said he only made 6, 2 were jets. Most of the plumbing is Russell AN and braided stainless, couple have cracked and leak but easy fix. Pump seams solid with no whines or squeals. Tight and no slippage. Hour meter shows 67. Upholstery was there but in crumble state.
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    Very cool that you found someone that knows the original history of the boat. Neat looking sled as well.

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    Here's a photo-copy (camera pic.) of the sales flyer and two pics. of your boat in front of Tom's house. I scanned these into my computer but they wouldn't upload to the site, wrong type of file (tif.?) Anyway, this will have to suffice for now until I can get the negatives transferred to a format that will allow me to upload here. (have any suggestions for that process?) I am still looking for the pics. of it at the boat show. I know they're here somewhere.
    The pics of it in the water, are those of your dad doing a test run? I dig the jerry can and lawn chair setup. Is your dad planning a complete restoration of the boat? What had him choose this boat over other more well known boats out there for sale? Was he friends with the seller and knew it's history? It's really cool to see it resurface and in good hands. I look forward to seeing the resto. progression. I have always wondered how well they stood the "test of time". So many other well known hull mfg's. have numerous stress cracks and other lamination type issues. Tom was very particular about how those boats were laid up, where and what type of coring materials were used as well as their overall weight. That boat felt very solid when hitting boat wakes at speed yet it wasn't excessively heavy.
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    Sorry about the flyer position, anybody know how to rotate it up correctly. Thx.

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    yes that was my dad doing a test run, and i do not know where he is planning on taking this boat as for a restoration or not, i sent you a PM, and maybe you can talk to him involving any questions you have. if you type "dean Corinth" in the search bar, you can see my old profile, and some of the things my dad and myself have done.
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    Thanks Dean, I'll check that out.

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    Hello Warren,

    I'm the owner of the Royale. I would like to get all the info I can get on this hull. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Hello Warren,

    I'm the owner of the Royale. I would like to get all the info I can get on this hull. Thanks
    My dad was a close friend of Tom and helped with the original boat. They worked together for many years and also raced boats together. If you would like to talk to him I can PM you his phone number

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    She's out of the sun after 16 years and cleaned up. Any help and information on her would be welcomed. THX

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    do you have any more pictures of the boat, any progress done to it?

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