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Cole Hydro model differences CH1, CH2?, CH3?

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Is anyone interested in contributing to a discussion about Cole HYDRO Model(s), years of production, etc. I purchased a 1978 Cole CH1 hydro several years ago and have been searching the internet relentlessly since trying to gain knowledge about these boats. I think I have read every dead end discussion about Jim Cole, Cole Boats, TR1, TR2, TR3, TR? I have documented my boat and the work I've done on my hobby website www.dragboatfever.com I hope the slideshow format and captions on the pictures will help someone along the way.

I don't know the first year of Cole Hydro production but suspect it was roughly 1978. My boat has an aluminum ID plate identifying it as model CH-1 and I have not heard of earlier model years. Here are a collection of my thoughts on the subject:
  • My boat looks very similar to a Deaver Hydro and there is much discussion about Cole copying the Deaver. It seems everyone was copying someone back in the day.
  • The rear deck on my boat ramps up abruptly at the transom. (like 1980-82 Corvette bumper)
  • I've seen several different rear deck configurations but can't be sure they are original.
  • I know Cole made a later model. One with a windshield
  • I've heard mention of a tall deck which may be the one with the windshield.


I sure hope this thread develops into the ultimate source of facts about these boats.

Inquiring minds need to know and the sum of what has been documented is quite limited.

Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts ..........

Steve
dragboatfever.com
 
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I'm going to further the discussion here by posting a series of pictures that were collected on the internet along with information that suggested brand and year. This will only be as good as the source so I can not certify correctness:

1978 Cole Hydro CH-1 (certified correct)

See my boat at www.dragboatfever.com

1979 Cole Hydro

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1981 Cole Hydro

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1982 Cole Hydro

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1982 Cole Hydro

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1984 Cole Hydro

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1986 Cole Hydro

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Boats where the year was not provided:

19?? Cole Hydro

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19?? Cole Hydro

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Last batch I have:

19?? Cole Hydro

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1986 Cole Hydro (added 08/12/2019)

Cole Hydro Sunset Showdown 01.jpg Cole Hydro Sunset Showdown 02.jpg Cole Hydro Sunset Showdown 03.jpg Cole Hydro Sunset Showdown 04.jpg

  • Please help me with the history of this boat (Sunset Showdown) for the new owner Jeff Caldwell.
  • Jeff has disclosed to me the HIN on his boat which is molded into the hull above the transom drain. There is no reference to CH1, CH2, etc. so that Kills that theory.


 
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Survey Results: (Will be updated as tread evolves )

Years of Production: 1978 - 1986

Models: CH-1

Identifiable differences:
  • Front deck with rib or not.
  • Rear deck with integrated Chute pad and splash
  • Rear deck simple flare upward
  • Windshield or not
 
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