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.
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.
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. 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.