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    I said I would tell the story. I will do it in pargraphs. There are two story's here. Eagle flatbottoms was formed by Norm Slayton (money man) Bob Privitt, and George McDouggle. Norm Slayton meet a guy name Bill Whitney who was the shop forman of Anthony Boats (Tony Hagewood) he had a 20 year kid working for him, repairing molds, preping them, doing gel coat repair and desperately trying to lay the 22 year gal answering the phone. I was that 20 year old kid. My claim to fame was I worked for Kenney Meyers at B&k boat repair for about 3 years. Kenney taught me well, we did all the caps on Rogers boats and if you wanted metal flake repaired we were the go to shop.We also redid wood decks and restored wood boats, custom paint jobs, I even worked on 1911 Cad . I learned a lot from Kenny and through out my life he has been a mentor and a friend. When I didn't know what to do, or how to do it, I could always go ask Kenney. I was also the 3rd generation of a boat building family they were called ARROWCRAFT BOATS, and yes my dad got me the job he went to school with Kenney. You can see these on another web sight (brf Mike Trevett photos) This is about all I can do and be accurate. I will post up tomorrow and expand the strory



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    Looking forward to the rest of this story.

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    Very cool Mike, Very cool!!!!!!
    Im sending out your photo Monday

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    Quote Originally Posted by PropWorks West View Post
    Very cool Mike, Very cool!!!!!!
    Im sending out your photo Monday
    does john dooley of oil pan fame become part of the history?

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    My partner was Bill Whitney. Just a little history on Bill before I go in to the story. He started working in the business about the time Ray Ledger of Powercat fame, switched from wood boats to fiberglass boats. It was about 1960 or so Bill was working for Powercat nailing bottoms off of jigged wood frames, which gave him a great insight, for building plugs (proto types) as he got older in life. He was involved in building the orginal plugs and molds for Powercat boats, and this also taught him about Fiberglass. He was friends with a guy named Jimmy Parker who parents owned Catlina Sporting goods. Well Bill and Jimmy hooked up and started racing together. Powercat Boat and a pair of Mac motors which Bill and Jimmy would crawl through the back door and slide out with out his parents knowing (Jimmys dad and mom left the shop for weekends trusting the shop to Jimmy and his brother Dave Parker) A little side note (Dave Parker ended up working for Mercury Outboards and then went to work for Glastron Boats at the time of Glastron, Carlson, Molinari) Jimmy designed and manafuctured the Parker Tower Housing. Thinking Bill was in pretty good company. Well because they were racing and winning they meet a guy Jack Oxley a engineer for Mac. Pop parker finds out they were sneeking motors out the back door to race and bans Jimmy and Bill from the shop. Jack Oxley hires these 2 twits to work in the dyno room at Mac. When this happened all the outboards were Powercats and Bill knew all the sercets from Powercat. Jack knew this and put Bill to work on bottoms and Jimmy to work on set ups.

    Thats all I got for tonight but stay tuned Ill get to the meat of the story. Its hard to tell 50 or 60 years of storys. And if you havent figured out when it comes to coumpters. I'm not the sharpest tack in the box

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    Never tire of hearing the "where it all began" stories, thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by poncho View Post
    Never tire of hearing the "where it all began" stories, thanks for sharing
    I got about an hour of storys from Mike last week. Hes got some good ones.

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    It was interesting to read this information .
    I built wood Mandella Boats next door to Power Cat in the late '50s, in Bellflower, on Lakewood Blvd. About 10 years ago I was building plugs for Commander Boats, across from the Perris Airport. Bill Whitney was shop foreman. We spent our breaks and lunch times talking boat racing. Bill told of his racing for Power Cat. He also told of Dick Shuster. Dick was the truck driver for Power Cat. After Ray built a plug and made the molds, they were placed in a loft. The plugs would disappear. Dick was selling them.
    I built a plug deck on a v-bottom as a o-d fising boat for Bill Whitney about 5 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upsidedown View Post
    does john dooley of oil pan fame become part of the history?
    Yes but that was on the Privitt side (We were hired to build the plug and mold) I was'nt involved with it so it might be better left for others to tell that story but you are correct sounds like you may be in the know.

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    [QUOTE=harlanorrin;1758178]i
    It was interesting to read this information .
    I built wood Mandella Boats next door to Power Cat in the late '50s, in Bellflower, on Lakewood Blvd. About 10 years ago I was building plugs for Commander Boats, across from the Perris Airport. Bill Whitney was shop foreman. We spent our breaks and lunch times talking, boat racing. Bill told of his racing for Power Cat. He also told of Dick Shuster. Dick was the truck driver for Power Cat. After Ray built a plug and made the molds, they were placed in a loft. The plugs would disappear. Dick was selling them.
    I built a plug deck on a v-bottom as a o-d fising boat for Bill Whitnedo y about 5 years ago.
    HARLAN ORRIN[/QUOTE

    Harlan
    It seems like all the boat guy's from the 50's and 60,s lived in Bellflower, Lakewood, Artisia, or Norwalk. I'm sure you have crossed paths with my dad or uncles George Trevett, Westner Boats,Cole Boats, Cal Trevett, Roberts Marine, Marine Hardware, Meguires Wax, Skip Trevett, Clarke Trevett Road Runner Trailers, Wriedt Boats.
    I wounder if you remember Andy Vercamp he built water skis and did wood decks.
    When I worked at B&k Boats we were down the street from Chuck Sterns I use to sneek down at lunch and talk to his dad He said Andy was the man to go for wood decks.
    Because of Bills relationship with (The Shoe) Dick Shuster we were very blessed with work from (The Shoe) but most times it was hard to collect.
    Just one more question do you remember Al Ludwig now he was a piece of work I loved him but he was just a tad hard to get along with

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    Quote Originally Posted by poncho View Post
    Never tire of hearing the "where it all began" stories, thanks for sharing
    I,ll wear your ass out. (talk to Propswest) It was a great time. I wish I could rememeber it. No if I could remember I wasent there.

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    I had pretty good story going must have punched the wrong key it dispeared Ill try latter tonight or tomorrow

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beautiful Noise View Post
    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.
    lets see a picture of your eagle

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