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    I've always enjoyed flatbottom v-drives and thought this is a good venue to look at others boats and setups. Had a V-drive in the 1970's. Purchase a hull from Fresno Boats in Fresno California in 1973. Had it till I sold it in 1978. It was essentally a ski boat with a bit of a 'kick' - big block Chevy. Had a great time with it and kinda wish I still had it now that I'm retired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by awmartz View Post
    I've always enjoyed flatbottom v-drives and thought this is a good venue to look at others boats and setups. Had a V-drive in the 1970's. Purchase a hull from Fresno Boats in Fresno California in 1973. Had it till I sold it in 1978. It was essentally a ski boat with a bit of a 'kick' - big block Chevy. Had a great time with it and kinda wish I still had it now that I'm retired!

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    We will get you into an Outboard as soon as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by awmartz View Post
    I've always enjoyed flatbottom v-drives and thought this is a good venue to look at others boats and setups. Had a V-drive in the 1970's. Purchase a hull from Fresno Boats in Fresno California in 1973. Had it till I sold it in 1978. It was essentally a ski boat with a bit of a 'kick' - big block Chevy. Had a great time with it and kinda wish I still had it now that I'm retired!

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    Hi Andy, I had a 74 Fresno, they were great boats. Were you from the Salinas area by chance? Here's my old boat ... miss it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franger View Post
    Hi Andy, I had a 74 Fresno, they were great boats. Were you from the Salinas area by chance? Here's my old boat ... miss it
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    Welcome to PB Andy enjoy !

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    Hi Andy, I had a 74 Fresno, they were great boats. Were you from the Salinas area by chance? Here's my old boat ... miss it
    I'm from Washington State. I drove down to California in 1971 for the expressed purposes of buying a flatbottom. A friend who lived in Oakhurst CA told me I ought to check out Fresno Boats on North Abby (where they were at the time). Marty Sharp gave me a sales pitch like no other can and I picked the colors and left 2 months later I came down to pick it up. Great boat, built well and Dale Wagnon was especially good with the mylar flake of which few manufacturers would even bother with....flakes were large, clogged the spray guns. Dale had it perfected.
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    I knew of a green w/silver trim (same design as mine) that was in Salinas, the owner of that one and the owner of the one I had bought them at the same time. You are correct about the Mylar flake, it really stood out in the sun and too bad guys don't use it these days. The closest thing I have seen was on the Panic Mouse" resto but even that flake is only about 1/2 the size of the Mylar Dale used.

    Quick story, years ago now, some guy at a lake walked up and said to me, "that's a nice looking franger you got there" ... he explained where the term came from. The following Monday when I got home I called Fresno Boats and asked about the nickname "franger" here's what he told me.

    In late 73 Fresno bought bought (got/ended up with?) a bottom mold from Sanger, it was from a 1973 17'-10" flatbottom, he went on to say that they (Fresno) had (got/splashed/ended up with) a top mold from a 1971 Hondo and that's where the 1974 Fresno like I had came from. He did mention it wasn't one of Fresno Boats better business decisions but that, yes, the year model hull I had was referred to by some people as a "franger"

    I wish I would have never sold it now, but then I feel the same way about my 64 Stevens wood deck too .... Don't know if you're thinking about getting another V drive but for what it's worth ... the 1960's flat bottoms are very very cool and desirable especially the wood deck boats

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    Franger....I'd of never guessed. I got to know Marty Sharp pretty well. Even after I sold the boat I came down to visit Marty and Dale at their new digs on Shaw Ave. New Marty's dad (Orin) pretty well too. Was shocked to hear that Marty died so young. Both these guys were top notch....heck I was a niave kid with a pocketful of money from combat pay I saved during my tour with uncle Sam. They could have 'seen me coming' but they were more than honest. They added little extras to the trailer and other special items because they wanted to get a boat up north in Washington. I couldn't have asked for more.

    Anyhow, I had a great time with it. I sold it in Kennewick Washington through an outfit called Sundown Marine run by a guy named Brian Davidson. He and Bob Long have a line of history on this website, some of it not flattering. I'm not sure what happened to the boat after that. Anyway, long live Fresno hulls! I would think Dale is still around Fresno.

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    Welcome, did you ever cross paths with this boat...lived in Wenatchee but ran all over Eastern Wa.....flats would have been really rare back then.

    My little Sisters boat Shop "Boating Solutions" is right down the road from Sundown I believe.
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    Default Flatbottoms in Eastern Washington

    I don't recall seeing your boat and I usually kept an eye out for flatbottoms. I spent a lot of time up at Twin Lakes (Colville Indian Reservation) and down a Badger Lake near Cheney. Messed around Sun Lakes, Soap Lake and, of course the Columbia River when I lived in Richland. At Sun Lakes State Park I saw more than a few flatbottoms, a lot of MC hulls out of Edmonds Washington. I use to race them up and down the lake. Oh, what great fun. I think I got some pictures somewhere....I'll post em one of these days.


    Nice boat you got. I love flatbottoms.

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    Default "Franger" Boat Molds - Fresno Boats ~ year '1972'

    Here are the orignal molds! Took this picture in the "original" Fresno Boats Manufacturing shop on North Abby in Fresno and a photo of the boat in an Auto, Boat and Speed show in Washington State.
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