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........And it hauled the Mail. Not sure who owned it but it arrived at Burley

and put on a show with skier in tow. Too bad everyone had gone home.












 

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Very nice boat!!!:)devil A lot of money in that little boat!!! There's even a monogrammed towel that says "Lil Squirt" on it.:p
 

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owned by Paul Chandler, first production Tahiti out of the mold
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Not even close to the first one out of the mold, that was in 'late 64. But it sure did turn out nice. I saw this one at Long Beach in '05 and talked to Paul for quite a while. Actually I thought his name was Rick and his brother that raced the circle boat was Paul. Maybe it was the other way around.
Them gentleman behind the boat on the left is Dick Clark, early Tahiti racer, Berkeley employee and at one time holder of the 'worlds fastest jet' record in a Tahiti. He and Dick Schuster and Roger Weiman rigged the first v-bottom jet, also a Tahiti.


 

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I bought one of those when I first moved to So Cal. 1/2 owner really. It had a 327 small block in it. Ended up with a 406" @ 12.5 to 1 engine. It would bow steer like a bitch too. (Had no idea bout ride plates and shoes)
My friend still has it and now lives in the mid west. He runs a 427" small block in it.

Hands down was the most fun boat I ever owned.
 

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This boat had a write-up in HotBoat about a year or year 1/2 ago... the chick on it added to it's charm :D
 

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'66 Tahiti

I would tend to believe you Old Rigger since you are very knowledable about all these old jets. I was also in Burley camping next to the owner of this boat and he told us also this was the very first Tahiti out of the mold? Oh well - sounded like a great story a week ago. :|err


Not even close to the first one out of the mold, that was in 'late 64. But it sure did turn out nice. I saw this one at Long Beach in '05 and talked to Paul for quite a while. Actually I thought his name was Rick and his brother that raced the circle boat was Paul. Maybe it was the other way around.
Them gentleman behind the boat on the left is Dick Clark, early Tahiti racer, Berkeley employee and at one time holder of the 'worlds fastest jet' record in a Tahiti. He and Dick Schuster and Roger Weiman rigged the first v-bottom jet, also a Tahiti.


 

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I would tend to believe you Old Rigger since you are very knowledable about all these old jets. I was also in Burley camping next to the owner of this boat and he told us also this was the very first Tahiti out of the mold? Oh well - sounded like a great story a week ago. :|err
I don't care what he tells people about the boat, it's really not that big of a deal, but it wasn't the first. :)

Here's a picture of an '65 Tahiti along with me, my dad (r.i.p.) and my mom dirt camping with friends on the Parker Strip. (wish I still had that Ed Roth Rat Fink Hillbilly hat on dad's head,lol) We had a place in Bullhead but would make a few trips a year to visit and hang out with family friends. The picture clearly shows the development date on the Kodak film of Sep 65, something they did back in the day for all you young-uns. I think this was 4th of July weekend, look at that water!



At this time dad had 3 high school friends moonlighting for Schuster rigging boats after their day jobs. The guy that owned this little 16 was another high school buddy but didn't build boats. My dad wouldn't go to work for Dick full time for another year.
 

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First, last, or whatever, Dave chandler put on a water ski show right after the awards presentation. Hauling ass, cutting it up pretty good, but you have to remember he was a ski racer before he started running the PS 855, "Mead Snake", in the circles. A fitting addition to the boat racing family, and his son was running the same boat in Nostalgia Flat at Burley. What a venue for your first ever race!!!!! Dave also has a river house less than a mile up from Bluewater. I don't think he visits here, but good job all weekend Dave, and I look forward to seeing you and your group at Long Beach...Ray

PS, the Tahiti is owned by Paul...........Maybe it was the first of that style out of the mold??? Either way, a very clean boat....
 
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