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    Very cool stuff... lots of history here.
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    Default Molinari hull debut in USA 1966, piloted by Roy Ridgell, Mercury factory race driver.

    The single powered Mercury outboard impressed the competitors and media. After this 1966 race, eventually begun Mercury Marine Racing interest to partner with Renato Molinari. A winning partnership of Molinari hulls and Mercury outboards, both evolving. One in aerodynamic design, the other in prop-shaft power increase.

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    Overhead view of Roy Ridgell driving the Molinari hull boat# 888. Finishing 6th overall in the Miami to West Palm Beach race 1966, and back to Miami the following day.
    After the impressive finish by the single outboard, Mr K (Kiekhaefer, Mercury's President & Founder) told Roy not to trailer the boat at the Miami race finish dock. So Roy drove the boat to a local marina and docked there. Carl Kiekhaefer saw an evolution transpiring, and he did not want the Miami competitors and media, to get an unobtrusive view, of tunnel boat's future.

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    Default Molinari tunnel hull skiff

    Page 3 of this thread, 2nd post, 4th picture shows a small chase boat. I believe it is also a Molinari hull based on this boat for sale in Augusta, Georgia (Pictured)
    https://augusta.craigslist.org/boa/d...965790883.html

    Anyone familiar with the Molinari pleasure boats know if this is a fast hull, or just a necessary boat for testing the real race boats?
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