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rsb5772
07-20-2008, 10:42 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about Tahiti boats. I've searched high and low and haven't found anything. I have an O/B. I think it's a '72.

benski
07-25-2008, 07:17 PM
I believe Tahiti made boats from about 1968 to 1981. Anyone else care to chime in? I remember seeing some nice Tahitis in the '70's as a youth. It seems like info on these is scarce in the general population. I'll bet Mark75H has some input. Good luck with your boating endeavour.:thumbsup:

MERC SCREAMER
07-28-2008, 12:01 PM
Back in 1970 - 1977, we had a friend who had a late 60s (approx 20') gold metalflake
Tahiti we used to ski behind. It had a 427 L88 Chevy w/ Berkley jet drive. His girlfriend had
the same boat which was black metalflake and powered by a 351 Ford w/ Berkley jet.

I've seen quite a few Tahitis over the years, but never any like the two I mentioned. These
boats were unique in that they both had the "tumble home" transoms styled after earlier wooden inboard speedboats. They has the steering wheel on the port side, and no windscreens were used. I have lots of cool memories back then.


Look under fiberglassics.com under "Sidewinder boats"; there's a little info on Tahitis.

Dave

elmo4x4
08-02-2008, 04:03 PM
I currently own a '72 Tahiti with a 150 promax on it. I have pics in my album on my profile page. It has a blue printed pad added to the bottom, center steer, and was lightened considerably! I know they didnt come from the factory with a pad and offered alot of white nuckel chine walk at high speeds:eek:. I think they were manufactured by a company named Schutz? Not sure though. A guy named Dave Renfroe built my boat to compete in the "vintage" class in the FBI league over in Florida. I dont know him but alot of Folks here on S+F do. I would like to talk to him myself about these boats but I dont think he is a member here. I googled the name of the boat and saw a few pics of boats still in the original form(some had windshields and back to back seating etc...) I dont know how much help this was but I tried...:cheers:

Carter Powell
08-02-2008, 05:45 PM
Manufactured by Schuster.

Carter Powell

Cmbrsum
11-27-2008, 04:16 PM
I'm redoing a 71 Schuster Tahiti 16 right now. Nice lil boat. The hull was formed from a Glastron and had the little art wedges added to them. Mine is all original with the tag still in it and in grate shape. has an Evinrude 125 on it.

skyskier
12-21-2008, 10:38 PM
Manufactured by Schuster.

Carter Powell

Wayne Schuster's factory was on Lakewood Blvd, in Lakewood California. When I graduated Paramount HS in 1965 a lot of my pals went to work there. Tahiti was probably one of if not the biggest mfgr. of entry level boats back in the day. I grew up on flat bottoms, waterski racing behind my Dad with an 18 ft. Aqua Craft Wickens Whirlwind, by Skip Volk. I still see a lot of these old Tahitis on Lake Havasu & down on the Parker strip, an some of them still look as good today as when they came out of the mold. :thumbsup:

sspeed66
12-23-2008, 09:49 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about Tahiti boats. I've searched high and low and haven't found anything. I have an O/B. I think it's a '72.
They have a Tahiti section on www.sidewinder-boats forum...:)

TAHITI-JOE
09-11-2009, 09:55 PM
Hey, I have the exact boat. Schuster teamed up with them and put Mecury packages for poer & drive. They have a inline 140 hp inboard with a #1 drive. The inboards were rare because Tahiti's are known for there jet drives. Awesome little boat, you'll love it.

twocents
09-11-2009, 11:55 PM
Tahiti Boats was started in the very early 1960s in Bellfower, CA at 8832 Ramona Street, just south of the 91 Freeway off of Lakewood Blvd. Competitive Trailers has occupied a part of the old Tahiti plant for well over 20 years. Dick Schuster was the founder/owner. Probably the most successful Southern California boat builder in the mid-60s thru the 70s. I first owned a 16' Tahiti (1963-64) with twin V-4 Evinrudes -- then switched to a Tahiti/Berkely jet in 1965. Schuster was a master at production and developing new models quicker than anyone else in the business. Tahiti really took off around 1964-65 when Berkely's sales rep, Dick Clark, set a new jet boat drag record at 79+ mph with a Hayden Proffit built 427 Chevy. Jet boat sales for Tahiti during the rest of the 1960s were massive. Eventually, Schuster sold the business to Bell Industries and stayed on for awhile as the GM. A major fire at the plant destroyed almost everything, including a lot of the molds and the company never really recovered from the loss. At the very end, Hardin Marine in Anaheim bought what was left of the company and built boats under the Tahiti-Caribbean banner for a few years. As far as boat builders go -- Schuster is a legend.

oregondunes
09-12-2009, 12:26 AM
I had a 16' Tahiti back in the late 80's. 140 Chrysler.

My bud had a 17' marlin that looked almost identical to it with a 150 FORCE on it.

Storz
09-18-2009, 07:26 AM
My father has a '77 Hardin-Caribbean jet, 460 Ford/Jacuzzi drive. We have seen a few boats over the years that look very similar but have Tahiti badges on them.

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/161672/fullsize/thanksgiving-024small.jpg

Creekrat
10-30-2009, 06:36 PM
We have a sweet and all original 1972 Schuster Tahiti with a Merc 1400 that we purchased from the original owner who pampered it. We love it!

http://www.creekrat.com/images/Fliver/fliver5.jpg

Creekrat
10-30-2009, 06:38 PM
A few more picks of our 72 Schuster Tahiti 16 footer. -Creekrat

http://www.creekrat.com/images/Fliver/fliver6.jpg

Creekrat
10-30-2009, 06:41 PM
One more here. We love this boat! More boat photos at our Fliver Boat page:

http://www.creekrat.com/fliverboat.htm

Darkside's Calling
11-02-2009, 07:53 AM
There was a long thread on this Tahiti subject over on Banderlog forum a while back, Old Rigger and his dad worked for Schuster, then followed as Schuster used the Tiki and Hawaiian names. It appears there was some "funny" business going on in the later years and that (edit) "someone" went to jail for a while. I can't access Banderlog from work or I'd pull up the thread.

old rigger
12-08-2009, 08:43 PM
Dick Schuster, who was a laminator at Powercat when they made the switch to glass boats, started Tahiti in 1964 (after a short venture in Australia building boats) in Long Beach first. Then he moved into the old Bellflower Marine shop that had been owned by Bob Massey who was killed testing a Switzer wing on Lake Elisinore, and that shop was a Lakewood Blvd address across the street from Mr. Weiman's boat shop. Schuster would later build the hulls for Weiman Boats as Mr. Weiman had no glass shop. (Mr. Weiman's son Roger, who grew up with my mom, would split from his dad, race the first Tahiti jet boat and then start his own shop in Los Alamitos, then move to his shop on Rose street next to his dads old shop) Finally Schuster moved into the building around the corner on Ramona. Eventually there were 3 big buildings that took up a city block and they're still there. Before Competitive trailers was there, A&M trailers used one of the buildings to build trailers and there's many an old Tahiti still sitting on one of them.

My dad went to work for Dick in 1966 and all the early employees were, or seemed to be, Paramount High School grads and their younger brothers, my dad and I included.

Dick Clark set the fantastic record in his Tahiti, 'Harry Canary' in 1967 using the first Berkeley droop.

The fire was before the shop was sold to Bell inc. It did not happen in the glass dept and no molds were lost, just inventory items like engines, pumps, gauges and so on. After the repairs from the fire, Schuster sold to Bell for a million bucks and stayed on as President. About 1971 or 72 the move was made to the shop on Crusader in the city of Cerritos. Tahiti was in full swing now, never bigger, and few shops were building as many boats or employed more people. Many people still remember being able to see the shop from the almost new 605 freeway and the boats stacked up on large racks that we built during the winter months.

Schuster and an employee from Bell, Jerry Groom. started Hawaiian (Tiki boats at first) sometime in 1974. I went to work there full time the day after I graduated high school in '74 and we were back into one of the old Tahiti buildings on Ramona. Then we were in the building that later became Hardin marine when they built Tahiti's and then we made the move to Huntington Beach and had the two big buildings on Container lane. Hawaiian went tits up in 1980 but Schuster continued to build a boat here and there using the Hawaiian name and using a few of the guys from the old days. He also bought Sun Ray boats and his sons ran that shop.

I went to work for Roger Weiman in 1980 and stayed with him for 5 years. My dad went to Hallett for a extremely short time then got out of the boat deal altogether. I later went to Galaxie for a cup of coffee then to Advantage, to Warlock, to Howard, back to Advantage, back to Roger, did some free lance stuff and a few things on my own and then packed it in n the mid '90s. I started making wire looms for my dad when I was 10 or 11 in about '67 as the riggers back then had to make their own. If I wanted to stay up late on Friday night to watch TV, I had to make looms too. I had a little jig that dad made me that looked like the back of a dash and he'd give me a list of looms to fill. This many jet looms, I/O looms and so on. Then at 12 I started working at the Tahiti shop on Romona shop after school cutting wood, block sanding plugs and molds, stuff like that until I was out of high school.

Schuster did not go to prison, Jerry Groom did.

I really enjoy seeing the pictures posted here of the old Tahiti's still on the water. Takes me back.

The ID tag of my old 1965 Tahiti, the 9th one out of the molds.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/flyin-t/ourold65plate.jpg

Dick Clark

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/flyin-t/clarktahiti.jpg

An old ad showing the Romona shop and how we stored 16' bare hulls. That's a 19 lp in the water shots.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/flyin-t/01-09-2006084955AM.jpg

And here's a look in the shop on Crusader. This was just a tiny portion of the shop. We were at Hawaiian when this picture was taken, and except for the black 20 on the right which was tooled up after we left, it looks like home. :)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/flyin-t/tahad1.jpg

Darkside's Calling
12-08-2009, 11:15 PM
Schuster did not go to prison, Jerry Groom did.



Oldrigger,
Thanks for straightening me out on that one. I obviosly missunderstood before. :leaving:

old rigger
12-09-2009, 10:00 AM
Oldrigger,
Thanks for straightening me out on that one. I obviosly missunderstood before. :leaving:

They both should have gone, Schuster dodged a bullet. :)

Family Tradition
12-16-2009, 04:07 PM
I have inherited my father's 1968 Tahiti I/O boat. My father bought this boat brand new in 1968 and there are many fond memories attached to it. However, I am forced to let it go due to the extensive work that may have to be done to restore. It is a left side driver, which I have been led to believe that is unique. Would love to have any and all thoughts.

Karsten
03-09-2010, 11:21 PM
I'm redoing a 71 Schuster Tahiti 16 right now. Nice lil boat. The hull was formed from a Glastron and had the little art wedges added to them. Mine is all original with the tag still in it and in grate shape. has an Evinrude 125 on it.

Well this Tahiti is now my Tahiti and soon to get new carpet and have the seating redone.

Same 125 Evinrude that will get a fresh paint job and I hope to get the trailer painted before summer.

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/3999/mytahiti1.jpg

http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/89/mytahiti2.jpg

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/4475/seatsout.jpg

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6206/beforemotor.jpg


I plan to relocate the fuel tank to a bow mounted one if I can get it all figured out.

Karsten

tirediron
11-10-2011, 02:43 AM
Enjoyed the account of Tahiti history. I am researching boats built by Wayne Hornung, The designer of the Wayne 12 Port head for GMC's and Chevys. He built a number of Corvair powered boats with the engine vertically mounted with an outboard like lower unit mounted through the bottom about a foot forward of the transom, The initial boat was a 16' Glasspar Avalon. Later production (?) was called a Tahiti. Articles on Hornung's boats appeared in HRM, Oct 1965, PM, Sep 1965, & A boating magazine. I wonder if during your time at Schuster you knew whether they supplied the "Tahiti" hulls for the later Wayne 100's. It is said that about 95 highly modified Corvair engines were built and the company was known as Inboard Marine, Temple City, CA. I know the location of two Wayne 100's, one is an Avalon the other a Tahiti. Others have been photographed, usually at Corvair events. I hope to acquire one and am anxious to learn more about these novel boats.

I'm a newbie and intended to post this to old riggers thread about Schuster, Tahiti history. Mea Culpa! I'll learn to be careful about replying!

Greg G
11-10-2011, 03:29 AM
Talk about a cool old thread!

2us70
11-10-2011, 10:26 AM
In 1968 a company called Banshee built a copy the Tahiti in Hollywood , FL. Action Marine was started using those molds. I built more than i few of them when I worked at Action in the 70s. I also raced a couple of those boats in FJ and SJ classes. It was kind of like trying to drive an over powered oil drum. We built a real light one for Barney and I saw well over 70mph in it. Prop blowout was a real problem with that boat and when it happened the boat became a real handfull. Banshee also built several of these hulls with 455 olds motors and jet pumps. The outboards were faster.

dnelson964
11-10-2011, 05:09 PM
Cool thread guys ! 246378Here is an old picture I found of my 1971 16' Banshee (or was it Sidewinder..not sure now) which had a 135 mercury straight 6 on it. I think i ran a 20" 2 blade bronze prop on it in 1973. Fun and fast but not a very deep V boat. I remember getting a crack in the rear of the hull jumping some 2'-3' waves around the Hampton bays inlet on Long Island, NY.

Karsten
11-10-2011, 06:16 PM
This is my 71 Schuster Tahiti posted above and started by Cmbrsum on the 1st page. New carpet, interior, 13 gallon fuel tank, refinish motor and pinstriped.

http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/3577/dscn06739.jpg

http://img705.imageshack.us/img705/7515/dscn06717.jpg

http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/6551/dscn06706.jpg

http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/8599/dscn06684.jpg

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/4936/dscn06651.jpg

Karsten

dnelson964
11-10-2011, 06:28 PM
This is my 71 Schuster Tahiti posted above and started by Cmbrsum on the 1st page. New carpet, interior, 13 gallon fuel tank, refinish motor and pinstriped.


Karsten


You did a beautiful job on the Tahiti ! :cheers:

Old fiberglass
11-15-2011, 04:56 PM
Speaking of Tahiti the pictured 70's jet boat has to be one of the most splashed/copied hulls. Below is a list of the companies that splashed it. Not sure who the original designer was.

Kachina
Anthony
Challenger
Charger
Tahiti
Hondo
Cole

tirediron
11-15-2011, 09:40 PM
I have no involvement with the seller. Just found it while browsing thought it fit this thread.

1973 Schuster Tahiti Jet Boat - $1500 (Winnemucca) sale-kux77-2689324736@craigslist.org (sale-kux77-2689324736@craigslist.org?subject=1973%20Schuster%20Tahiti%20Jet%20Boat%20-%20%241500%20%28Winnemucca%29&body=%0A%0Ahttp%3A%2F%2Freno.craigslist.org%2Fboa%2F2689324736.html%0A)

John
775-304-0088

http://s259.photobucket.com/albums/hh283/1fixit1/Schuster%20Tahiti%20Jetboat/

TahitiDave
12-19-2011, 02:16 PM
Found these pics of my old Tahiti 16, thought they were pretty cool pics. this is the Tahiti mentioned earlier in this thread with the blueprinted pad bottom. one pic is at 90 mph and the other is coming off the line at the same race. motor is a slightly modded 2.4 carb merc. the restoration of this boat was totake out anything that wasn't absolutely nessecary! DAVE

TahitiDave
12-19-2011, 02:18 PM
Oops! forgot the pics!248361248362

elmo4x4
12-19-2011, 03:19 PM
Cool Pix Dave! Here is the same boat a few years after when I owned it. 150 promax running mid 80's

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g96/elmo4x4/Tahiti28.jpg

TahitiDave
12-20-2011, 08:11 AM
Thanks elmo! that was areally quick boat! mid 80's with a 150 is awsome. best top speed i got with the 2.4 was 97.6 gps. started to get spooky! this thread is really interesting cus when i had the Tahiti i couldn't find any info at all on Schuster, interesting story. DAVE

williamj
11-04-2013, 08:03 PM
Pics of the older engines really bring back childhood memories. Love the Tahiti man, hope you still have her!!!

Da Bull
11-07-2013, 03:07 PM
Speaking of Tahiti the pictured 70's jet boat has to be one of the most splashed/copied hulls. Below is a list of the companies that splashed it. Not sure who the original designer was.

Kachina
Anthony
Challenger
Charger
Tahiti
Hondo
Cole



I had a 1972 17ft Kona made by Fiberglass Unlimited in Westminster, Ca. I was told at one time that it was a copy of a Tahiti. I don`t know this to be true its just what i was told. There was a lot of copying going on back then.

DB

2us70
11-07-2013, 04:59 PM
You can add Action Marine and Banshee to that list. I don't know who did the deck but the hull is basically a Glasstron.

rbryan
11-07-2013, 07:22 PM
I can add one more to the list... Springfield Marine. I have a 1997 16ft with a 3.0 Mercruiser. Looks like it`s out of the same mold as Tahiti Daves, only I/O.
I will try to post some pics soon

pcrussell50
12-25-2013, 12:48 PM
Speaking of Tahiti the pictured 70's jet boat has to be one of the most splashed/copied hulls. Below is a list of the companies that splashed it. Not sure who the original designer was.

The bolded part is really the main question of this whole thread. And thanks to OldRigger's account of the wild and wooly boat building days in Southern Cal, back when it was a still a business-friendly place, before all the "dirty" industries like fiberglass were run off, with shops opening and closing, and skilled boatmen transferring here and there, or opening new shops of their own, and taking splashes and molds with them as they moved, we might never know where this hull originated at it's very first.

Here's my 1968 Sportline, made by Sportster Mfg. Co., also of Southern Cal., with a 135 Evinrude v4 crossflow
One pic:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WjxgUrCLmLY/UotJXhQtG5I/AAAAAAAAKr4/ILaffEa_OLg/w746-h560-no/IMG_0320.JPG


Rest of the album: https://picasaweb.google.com/103914732582316922948/Mar62010?authkey=Gv1sRgCJnhwrCwleyE4wE


Kachina
Anthony
Challenger
Charger
Tahiti
Hondo
Cole
to this, i would add:
Sportster Mfg. Co.
Sidewinder
Baja
There are probably others... And while these probably all share the same hull, some of the deck designs vary.

Merry Christmas all,
-Peter

58Evinrude
12-26-2013, 07:22 AM
289218289219It was/is my understanding that the Tahiti was a splash of a Sidewinder? It doesn't really matter, they're cool boats, but they do make for interesting rides above about 60 mph. The lack of a pad just makes 'em chine walk like mad.

I've got a 16 'Winder SS that had a 150 Johnson V6, and a 16 Winder Lo-Pro that's getting a 160 - 170 Evinrude V4, after a pad is added :)

wanagofass
12-26-2013, 03:42 PM
Oops! forgot the pics!248361248362

That bottom looks almost exactly like my 72' Glastron GT 160

Karsten
12-26-2013, 05:06 PM
I did a lot of research when I bought my 1971 Schuster Tahiti. Schuster had gone to a boat race and watched as the new Glaston Deep Vee Hull was taking all the trophies. After looking the hull over he asked a boat dealer buddy if he could demo a boat for the weekend.

Rather than demo the boat he took it back to his shop and Splashed the Hull. Then Sidewinder Slashed Schuster's Tahiti hull and a war began. The Schuster Tahiti was 1st built with a wrap around windshield.

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/196/dscn06662.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/5gdscn06662j)

Sidewinders had the Low Pro Deck like a traditional S/K, S/J back then. The Schuster Deck was so popular that Sidewider Slashed Schuster's deck as well and made both a 16 and 18 ft boat. Again laywers got involved and nothing happened ( back in the day Splashing one companies hull or deck was common place).

To get even Schuster Splashed the Sidewinder Low Pro Deck but never made anything longer than 16 ft.

Schuster also bought a bunch or surplus Tahiti Boat Emblems from Tahiti hence both Tahiti and Schuster sport the same side plates with the Tiki face.

Karsten

Da Bull
12-30-2013, 10:12 AM
Splashing hull`s still goes on today. Maybe not as direct copies as back then but it happens. Here`s an interesting note. I`ve seen a picture of a Jones tunnel taken way back in the late 60`s and the Skaters, Tricks, Lightning`s and so look just like it. Amazing!

DB

T2x
12-30-2013, 11:02 AM
Splashing hull`s still goes on today. Maybe not as direct copies as back then but it happens. Here`s an interesting note. I`ve seen a picture of a Jones tunnel taken way back in the late 60`s and the Skaters, Tricks, Lightning`s and so look just like it. Amazing!

DB

Not so sure about this quote... Trick and Lightning may have splashed Skater, but Skater splashed nobody. Peter made all original plugs for every hull he ever built. Ted (father) and Ron (son) Jones made a bunch of one off tunnel hulls back in the 60's both full tunnels and pickleforks from about 16' to big Offshore versions. I have never seen any of them "popped".

1BadAction
12-30-2013, 11:32 AM
I'm always up for a good splash debate, at least some splashes don't fall apart like the original does :reddevil:

Rick1964
04-03-2014, 08:41 PM
Just thought I would post a picture of my 1970 19 foot Schuster Torino Tahiti jet boat. I took a picture of the emblem on the side. I rebuilt the pump myself last november, with a rebuilt 454. Would love to here some feedback from anyone with info. I do all my own work so far on it. I've had it about 5 years, got it from a friend who got it from a friend as payment of a debt. My friend didn't know how much trouble the berk and BBC were in, and he didn't want to put money into it so he sold it to me for 500 bucks, and then I had the motor rebuilt, and rebuilt the pump myself, first time. So far have 15 hrs on the newly rebuilt drive train. Just thought I'd share it and see what kind of info is out there! :)