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    Love these old stories, please keep them coming.
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    So over the next couple days Bill and Norm explain how this is going to work. (DOUBLE EAGLE BOATS) Norm, Bill, Mike would build a plug, mold, and blank hulls for (EAGLE FLATBOTTOMS) Norm, Privitt, McDougle. We had not pick a name yet that will come later in this story. (DOUBLE EAGLE BOATS) built the blank hulls (EAGLE FLATBOTTOMS) rigged them because of Norm being a partner in both we could both sell Boats. Its important that we all understand (EAGLE FLATBOTTOMS) owned the molds. (DOUBLE EAGLE BOATS) was a contract builder. We would suggest build schuldes but it was there mold and they called the shots. The orginial plug was a SS boat Mcdougle ran I think it was orginialy white and red he had sold it to a younger guy who could't put it together so a deal was struck we could use his boat for a plug. I was not privey to the deal but I think he expected to get a new hull and some other help .
    We were told that the bottom on this boat was done by Pettengille and had what they described as a power pad built into it. Now this is where it gets a little fussy. When we roll the boat over, Stright edge the bottom determine where hook and rockers are located and map out the bottom.

    Thats about all I got for tonight stay tuned for the next segment:

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    Awesome stories. Can't wait to read it all.

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    On a "Double Eagle" side note .... I had this Double Eagle jet boat for a few years. I know that the boat was not related to the V-Drive Circle Boats. I donated it to SCSC to be used as rescue boat. I built the motor in it and was proud to hear from the rescue guys that it is the fastest rescue boat they have.

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    The boat was built by a short lived company call FM in the '70s. It was a Finance Company that wanted to get the boat biz. Go figure ....
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    qTE=Beautiful Noise;1758431]I can't wait to hear the rest of this, I'm friends with Tom Privitt ( Bobs son ) I bought my 1976 Eagle back in 1983.My old boss who had a Eagle also was a real close friend with Bob Privitt this is how I came to aquire my Eagle which I still have.[/QUOTE]

    I remereber Tom. Bob didn,t bring him to the shop often. Did your boss have a boat built by Mels? We only built 2 the Black & Silver and a Blue & Silver

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    [QUOTE=steveo143;1758483]Here's mine. Evidently the first one made.[/QUOTE.

    Yes thats the Boat. Bill and I were very proud of the mold, what better way to show it off. Build a black boat. We hired Mike Robbenet who was a Gel Coater at Anthonys to come over and shoot the Gel. Bill and I layed the boat up. We soon discovered why there are no white guy,s laying up hulls we dont want to work that hard. We were both pretty good glass guys but if you ever done it its brutal from then on we hired it done. I have a bunch more story,s about this boat I,ll tell as we go on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beautiful Noise View Post
    Wow all I can say, you did us proud,

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeE ss13 View Post
    Steveo .... when Lee first got that boat, (ps303), in '94, I took it for a hot rod pass and tried to do an 80 mph single pin turn. I was used to my D'Cucci and Daytona at the time but that style almost got me wet with his boat on top of me. So before he started racing it with APBA, he consulted the Eagle wiz kids and had the bottom all redone. Came out very nice.
    It was a different boat. We went to Firebird with it, K motor, (That part I,ll get into later in the story) George ran it down the stright banged 1st bouy and didn,t seem to have a problem. Privett and his team seemed to know the set up. It was all in the bottom and the plates and a very special prop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    Ron Bolton played with that thing if my memory is correct.
    There was a strut issue which Bolton took a look at and I think corrected (later in the story) You have to remeber Bill and I are not flatbottom guys this was our 1st experence we mostly watched after we built the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveo143 View Post
    We have only had it out once but it seems to do everything right! The plates are set like no other Circle flat that I have seen but Lee said they work, don't change the shape! My son is off work for at least a month so it's time for some serious seat time, Elsinore and Irvine here we come!
    You are correct Bob and Mcdougle set the plates. They knew what they were after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old rigger View Post
    Norm Slaton was an old friend of my dads, they both grew up in Hollydale and went to Paramount. I went to school with Norms kids Lance and Holly at Paramount as well as Billy Henderson Jr. Dad went to work for Schuster in '66 when he moved the shop off Lakewood blvd on Ramona. Schuster a few year before had just returned from Australia where he had gone over there to open a shop selling his splashed version of Powercats. We lived just across Lakewood blvd from Harlan and Gil Gaska, also an old Power cat employee and Mr. Weiman shop whos son Roger grew up with my mom.

    At Hawaiian Boats, or Tahiti II as it was called back then, we bought the molds from Norm and the others at double eagle for their 20 footer that had the 60% deck on it. I don't remember what the name of it was but we did them both as jets and O/Bs.

    That was a great place to be back then, Hagwood was a rigger at Tahiti and a friend of dads before he went out on his own, so was Marty Hatchel who went on to start Hornet. Roger Weiman, Howard Brown, Schuster, Tony, I worked for them all at one time or another. I'm sure we crossed paths as well as I was a 20 year old in '76 too.
    Old rigger I can tell ya story,s The Eagle flatbottom experience is just a short part of my life in the boat bussiness. I,ll get to the 20 mini. I,m just a tad bit older I will turn 61 next year let,s just say. If I knew I was going live this long I would have taken better care of myself.

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    [QUOTE=namba860;1758722]Any pics of the eagle 20 cruiser?[/QUO

    Stay tune we,ll get there

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    Quote Originally Posted by theKID View Post
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    Let me tell you about those decals They were die cut and each letter is on its own. We were going to hire a sign painter to come in and paint each boat . Bill or Norm found a guy who made the decals we had to buy like 250 or 500. Pretty opmisitic but we did. They were a pain in the ass to install I would give my front seat in hell to have one. We used those decals on all the boats that were built at Double Eagle and I think Eagle used them also

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeE ss13 View Post
    On a "Double Eagle" side note .... I had this Double Eagle jet boat for a few years. I know that the boat was not related to the V-Drive Circle Boats. I donated it to SCSC to be used as rescue boat. I built the motor in it and was proud to hear from the rescue guys that it is the fastest rescue boat they have.

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    The boat was built by a short lived company call FM in the '70s. It was a Finance Company that wanted to get the boat biz. Go figure ....
    Yes it is related that,s our next project Double Eagle Boats I,ll get to that later in the story. Its not the best example of it but that is the next story

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