- Sep 15, 2010
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Yes.Interesting - So how did that work?
Did Harry just flat go into competition with Bahner when he started Advantage?
Super cool info- thanks!Yes.
Harry was in the asphalt biz and started his Fiberglass Concepts shop. He made scoops, seats, water dispensing housings.. anything fiberglass he'd make. And of course do repairs.
He got some molds from a landfill, bought some other molds, one being the Tahiti 20.5 classic mold (or splashed it, this was before I worked for him) and was in the boat biz. I was working for Roger when the deal was made to buy some of his molds and a year later I was working for Harry as his GM/rigger. He didn't tool anything up original until we did the party cat, who knew what that would spawn? (Ron Ehde actually built the bottom plug for us), and then the Citation. For a while he was also a K boat driver/owner. Had a bad crash, rebuilt the boat and kinda drifted out of it. The shop kept his extremely busy anyway.
They did their fair share, but Bud Bailey (Spectra boats) Phil Percival Esquire ( I think it was Esquire) which turned into Southwind and who ever tooled up the '64 Glastron 'Aqua Lift' bottom which is where the original Tahiti bottom came from (which is a great story in itself) are the big 3 when it comes to shaping the bulk of the so cal boat scene in the 60s and 70s, they're also the most copied boats ever. Not to mention all the flat bottom guys who I know very little about except for Howard Brown. He was amazingly talented.Super cool info- thanks!
Ron Ehde and Eddie Morenz seem to have spawned much of the West Coasts bottom design.
Mine is an 85. I believe ours are exactly the same (except you have 2 forward facing seats).Nice!!! Find more please.
I wish I could find out more about my 18'er too, and it's history. Mine's an '87. I think yours is, too right? I wonder who's is newer? Mine doesn't have the swim step yours does. I wish it did.