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    can't say i get hot boat out hear, i've looked for it, but all i 've ever found was offshore new england or some thing like that, fish boat stuff. I do know the Mertons, mostly Matt Merton . my self i think them Mertons would be fast even if we was runin oak logs, not sure on Jeff, got to be Matts dad or bro. were thare any specs in the artical? I like the lines of the 18' but i don't think she would suport a 1000 lbs on the transom and handel like she will need to at speed.

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    Sorry - there weren't any specs in the ariticle, but there was a cool interview with Kenny Kitson about his days driving the "Miss Diablo" wing.

    Have you tried Waldenbooks, or Barnes and Nobles book stores? Or even Hastings Music? Those all carry Hot Boat mag.

    Jeff is the late Jim Merten's son (World record setter). I'm assuming Matt is his Jeff's brother... Jeff ran SLT's too. Thought he still did?


    Here's the picture and one of Jeff too;

    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forum...ead.php?t=1485

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    Default DeSilva Wing, March 8, 1970 Parker Nine Hour

    Looking through this old 1970 Powerboat...cool picture of Jerry Walin at the wheel of this first DeSilva Wing ever built...
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    Sure ... its just a matter of finding them in the million or so pictures on my computer
    Since 1925, about 150 different racing outboards have been made.


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    Here's a picture of a center seat wing.

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    The more I think about it, I remember the Switzer wing that was errected with a USA-1 winning banner in front of the Switzer Boat company was a center steer. Is there anyone here who ever visited the Switzer company on Rt. 14 in Crystal Lake, Illinois? Also, after a killer windstorm, or even a micro burst I think, the boat broke into pieces because they mounted it on 4 4" diamter postes in a position making it appear to fly. I also beleive this boat was a faded black color from the sun/weather around it, and no one ever shined it. There it sat, this funky weird looking boat in a very peculiar spot......Anyhow, that's how I remember it, anyone else??????

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    I've been there

    A few years ago my husband and I got to go to Mr. Switzers home and shop - where he showed us his newest creation. The moment was really special as I got to listen for hours as these two boat builders analyzed the new hull and picked each others brains.

    I didnt see any wings around tho.

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    What year was that???? When I was running my Super Sport, it was from 1979-1984. The wing came down somewhere arond '81, we had a weird winter and lots of winds in the spring. What hull were they showing you? Before the company was sold the largest hull they built was 22' I beleive, then the new owner took over and decided to build off shore type boats. Then the boat tax of 1986 destroyed alot of the small builders but by that time I beleive the factory was moved to the Woodstock Illinois area from the Rt. 14 loacation, as Dave and Bobby's mom had recently passed on which opened the door for a real estate deal...At least so the crux of the story went. During those hard years they actually made more money building portable outhouses and mobile offices than they ever did making boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skoontz
    During those hard years they actually made more money building portable outhouses and mobile offices than they ever did making boats.
    It was the same way in the 90's. We built giant flower pots and medical trash bins so we'd have enough income to build race boats! lol You don't know how common that is....

    Now that I think of it, I dont think the shop we went to was in Crystal Lake. It was a shop pretty far from his home - we drove for quite some time - but not sure where it was??? This was only about 5 years ago.

    Here's the boat he and Brad were playing with....

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    Definitley some Switzer retorizms going on there. They boat on the right looks like a Shooting Star, but there have been soem changes made from the time John Wayne Janaky drove his 105MPH record in '77. The boat on the left looks like something relatively new, yet retro. The slope back transom is definitely that classic Switzer '50's look, like the back end of the Baby Bullet I posted a few days ago. It also has the flair Switzer used from the late 60's rolling into the '70's, especially with the two tone inlay paint. Almost appears more like the wooden Shooting Stars with the natural inlay, and colored two tone....If Dave has his hands in that I have noi doubt it will be nothing short of a work of art if it ever gets produced. Mine boat was starburst gold with a thimble full of magenta so you saw ever spectrum in the rainbow under the light.

    Switzer did a paint job called the Whip-De Doo, started big in back, stepping into a small 12" wide strip onto the nose that looked pretty fun. If all works out, I'm negotiating with a guy who was of our old boathouse crowd who purchased a new Super Sport with a Brown Whip-De-Doo in 1980, and get this....It has sat in his garage on the trailer and never seen water nor had an engine mounted on it. If all works out I'll get it for original invoice!

    Anywho, the shot appears to be taken on the river section of the chain of lakes, and I'm betting on the upper Fox River where you have to enter near Blarney's Island. It was a dredged channel they made back during the time the A.C.O.E. created the Chain of Lakes. There are a small handfull of snad beaches along the lower river, but at that section there is complete moronitous due to over crowding of boats. The time of day that shot was snapped you can usually walk over boat decks up there!

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