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    Default Tahiti, Challanger & Kachina Jet Boat Splash

    Can anyone shine some light on who first designed this hull ?? Picture is of hull/deck design in question. It appears like it must be a good one because three different boat builders splashed it. Inquiring minds want to know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroBoats View Post
    Can anyone shine some light on who first designed this hull ?? Picture is of hull/deck design in question. It appears like it must be a good one because three different boat builders splashed it. Inquiring minds want to know.
    Southwind! Actually it was an Esquire, but that hull was 20 feet long
    . Then it was cut down to 18' and became a southwind.

    And it was splashed more than just 3 times.
    Kachina
    Anthony
    Challenger
    Charger
    Tahiti
    Hondo
    Ect, Ect, Ect......

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    it could be my twin..lol Im restoring this old 76 southwind....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    it could be my twin..lol Im restoring this old 76 southwind....

    I see what you mean....the one I posted a picture of is a Challanger. Can't go wrong with the yellow and orange color scheme. I'm still curious as to who originally designed it. It must be a good design if everyone and their mother copied it.

    I recently got a mold of one which appears to have had a lot of boats made out of it. It needs to be cleaned up, but looks very usable. Just wanted to find the history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroBoats View Post
    I see what you mean....the one I posted a picture of is a Challanger. Can't go wrong with the yellow and orange color scheme. I'm still curious as to who originally designed it. It must be a good design if everyone and their mother copied it.

    I recently got a mold of one which appears to have had a lot of boats made out of it. It needs to be cleaned up, but looks very usable. Just wanted to find the history.
    The way i heard it was that 3 guys designed the esquire one of them being Phill Percivel. THE BOAT WAS A GREAT BOAT. Jack at mpd has some good history of the boats and the story behind the whole deal. he raced the esquire. The 3 guys got into a tiff and sold the company and that is when my grandfather purchased southwind boats back in 68/69
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    Thanks for the info. Do you have Jacks contact info ??? Speaking of Southwinds.........have to ask who designed the Southwind Dragster ???

    What are you running for power in yours ??

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    We are restoring one also - it's a Cole and looks exactly like this one.

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    it could be my twin..lol Im restoring this old 76 southwind....
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    I love my 75 southwind.


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    Great pics would love to see more. This has to be the most splashed/copied jet boat hull of all time the list just keeps growing.

    And it was splashed more than just 3 times.
    Kachina
    Anthony
    Challenger
    Charger
    Tahiti
    Hondo
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    Easily the most splashed boat of the 1970s. You'd be hard pressed not to find a shop that didn't offer one, or at least their version of the famous Southwind. That's all you saw on Rice road back then, a Southwind, or clone, heading to the river towed by a 4X4.
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    Still has to be a great stroy behind the design. Seems like it helped a lot of jet boat manufacturers get started with a sound design.

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    i think you have to add...Kona, Hawaiian, Schuster to the list ...i have a '73 Kona Bubble Deck, that looks exactly like Futs boat, except, mine is "All" original gel coat...interior is custom...BBC 427 L-88...Berk pump...jet-o-vator...ride plate...45 gal total fuel tanks (1 bow, 2 side)...i love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    i think you have to add...Kona, Hawaiian, Schuster to the list ...i have a '73 Kona Bubble Deck, that looks exactly like Futs boat, except, mine is "All" original gel coat...interior is custom...BBC 427 L-88...Berk pump...jet-o-vator...ride plate...45 gal total fuel tanks (1 bow, 2 side)...i love it
    mine is all original gel as well, just took the painted flames off. mine is not a bubble deck though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    i think you have to add...Kona, Hawaiian, Schuster to the list ...i have a '73 Kona Bubble Deck, that looks exactly like Futs boat, except, mine is "All" original gel coat...interior is custom...BBC 427 L-88...Berk pump...jet-o-vator...ride plate...45 gal total fuel tanks (1 bow, 2 side)...i love it
    Schuster was Tahiti and Hawaiian to name a few.

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