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    Post Looking for History regarding the Delta 13ft v-bottom race boat (FE, T-Boat) Xcalibur

    Hi,
    Known here in Ontario as a Delta. I have also seen them called Xcalibur or Excalibur in the south.
    If anyone knows the origins of this hull, post up what you know. I'm trying to compile the as much info as possible.

    here are some examples:






    Called Excalibur or Xcalibur here:
    https://www.louisianasportsman.com/l...e_ad&id=337893

    http://www.louisianasportsman.com/lp...le_ad&id=86015


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    Early mold off an Allison bottom. Wide pad. Wouldn't turn properly. Critchfield molded from the Delta. His ladter boats finally would turn.
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    Still looking for more info. If anyone has any details to add, please post them up. I've been racing this hull this season and so far it turns quite a bit better than the Voodoo I ran last year. Same motor, but now a short shaft. Boat might be 100lbs lighter too. Perhaps those factors contribute to the better cornering.

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    found some more info here:
    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forum...16509-DP-Class


    and again, nothing definitive, but another photo:
    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forum...3-Allison-boat
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    You can go to HPBC pics and videos 1986 Dunville and see my 1972 Delta ..The tag on the transom said Delta.. S&W Boats out of Indiana..The S was for Bob Sanders I was told who started working on them in Louisiana ..I think he may have built some later under another name..My boat was owned by Bill Vogel #302 out of Florida who I believe was EP national champ in 74 or 75..It was a tuff good running boat ...back then we ran off a thrust jack...and everything depended on your set up ...It was 14 years old in 86 when we ran it for the last time..In 87 I switched to my Critchfield which was the first to ever run at Dunville ..You can see it in the video 1987 Dunville and was still on the thrust jack even though you could have power trim beginning that year..Back then they were totally stock engines,you could change plugs,jets and props and relief holes for exhuast and that was it... plus weigh 840..lol..Please correct me if I missed something as it was a long time ago...Thanks Jim #302
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    Thanks Jim! I just did a quick search of HPBC.ca and found this thread where you and others discuss Dunnville 1986 and the Delta boats. Appreciated. thanks.

    http://www.hpbc.ca/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=3353

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    Relating to Sanders and Wooldridge, taken from this article:
    http://www.fiberglassics.com/library...nvader_History

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    Meanwhile, George spent this time working with Bob Sanders in a garage across the street from the plant on his next designs. Bob was from Louisiana, raced the 14’ V hull and had spent time at the factory trying to improve the 14’ V hull. It was during this time that George and Bob developed the last high performance V bottom hull. A very light weight racing 13’ V hull that would take advantage of OMC’s new three cylinder “Stinger” engine. The hull was incredibly fast and only one complete boat is known to still exist today.
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    Could that boat mentioned be the Delta race boat?

    The article also references a company name: "Delta Marine".

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    There was a post on FB couple weeks ago by Jody Sanders, the son of Bob Sanders:
    my dad, Bob Sanders, started racing in the late 60’s. He was on the GW Invader team.
    GW Invader was sold and that connection dried up. So he ran a 13’ Allison one season, then decided to build his own. The Delta 13 was built early 1972. The original boats were all built in New Orleans up to 1973
    I don’t know how many were built. We moved to Indiana in 73 to the defunct GW Invader factory to build the new Delta S&W bass boats. Some Delta 13 boats were built there, but I don’t remember many. The molds were sold off and that’s the last I know of them. Bob drifted to tunnel boats and ran a SE Kitson one year with great success. He was a natural in a tunnel boat.
    The partnership with George Wooldridge soured and Bob sold out and we moved to NE Mississippi in 75. X-Calibur boats was founded and we mainly built bass boats. Bob acquired a Delta 13 and stretched it to 14’. About half in the cockpit and half just forward of the dash. Again I’m not sure how many were built.

    A few guys were still racing APBA and wanted a new 13, so in 77-78 a new boat was designed with the transom stepped back two inches. Two were built before a fire destroyed all the molds. That was the end of building race boats.
    yea Critchfield outright popped a mold off one of the original boats.

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    My name is Marc Diller and I wrote the History of G-W Invader on the Fiberglassics website. I noticed you were looking for information on the Delta 13ft v-bottom. Roger Harmon had the hull mold for the Delta back in 1985 and he made one part. He did not have the deck mold, but had a deck from the G-W Invader plant that he used to make one complete boat. After that, I am not sure what happened to the hull mold. I heard rumors it was at the Rinker factory, but not sure. I now own the Delta that Roger made and its like brand new still today. I also found this clipping that I have from my Delta memorabilia. It is titled Boating Tips by Bob Sanders and its from some magazine, but I cannot tell from where. Hopefully I can figure out how to post it. Thanks
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    That's amazing Marc, thanks so much!!

    Jody Sanders has posted a couple more times on FB, and with your contribution, we now have a great collection of info.

    Please don't hesitate to post any old photos, scans, or any details. All would be cool to see.

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