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  1. #1
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    Whats up with hydrostream??

    I havent been paying attention lately to what the situation is with hydrostream and their molds, particularly the venom mold. The last I knew Jim Contzen was building the venom, vegas and one or two others in Maryville Tennennee. I was at the shop and it appeared a lot of care was going into the build of the hulls. A couple of years ago i heard there a guy by the name of Phil building the venom in a different location.

    Would be interested in knowing who, if anyone, is building the venom or if not, what became of the venom molds.

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    If you go on the hs.com site, there is a news update
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    This is seriously one of the best threads on this site ever.

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    Here is kinda what I know. Phil from PK Marine in GA was building the Venom for hydrostream. He told me that he obtained all the copyrights to the hydrostream name/brand but then he went under and there was alot of BS with customers and what not and it was not making the Hydrostream name look good. Then after he went under, from what I heard, Jim started building them again and Phil never actually held the rights for hydrostream but was building them under/for Jim. I could be way wrong here on the him building them for jim but this is what I was told. Phil and I had our rounds via email about some stuff and that when he told me he was in control and the owner of hydrostream and had obtained all the rights and what not but I heard that is far from true. As where the Venom and the new/old Viper mold ended up that Phil had, I do not know.

    Here is some good news though... It was posted a month ago too - http://www.hydrostream.com/news.html
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    Dont no much heard they were shut down in GA. And a handfull of orders that have not been filled..

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    It's time for Howard Pipcorn to get back into boat building and bring back the legacy of Hydrostream! The Venom is a great boat but came out when the economy went to crap...bad timing....most people have a hard enough time buying a used boat and the price of a new boat is astronomical due to the cost of materials and labor...
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    This explains why my price request went unanswered.
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    Just read the post on H.S. site. So is Stroker really gonna build Venoms? Nothing on the Stroker site.

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    YES guys, if you go to the Stroker area on bassboatcentral.com you"ll see the story. Alice and Chub in Maryville have partnered with Jim to make the Hydrostreams at a new Plant off of the Stroker building.....This is a GOOD THING GUYS......

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    This does sound like very good news. Chub Bryant is a good guy...have known him for many years and enjoy his company. He is a good man and builds a very good boat...and from many years of speaking with Stroker customers, he stands behind what he builds. If he has anything to do with building Streams, it can only improve the product as well as the company's reputation.

    John

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    I agree. I have also talked with Chub a time or two and he is sincere. Should do the Streams justice.
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    I havent talked to many Stroker owners who arent very happy with there rigs. They are putting big hydro-tec yammies on them and putting up big numbers. Should do the Hydrosteam name justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUPITER PULSARE View Post
    It's time for Howard Pipcorn to get back into boat building and bring back the legacy of Hydrostream! The Venom is a great boat but came out when the economy went to crap...bad timing....most people have a hard enough time buying a used boat and the price of a new boat is astronomical due to the cost of materials and labor...
    Sorry but Pipcorn built a $hit boat & had NOTHING to do with the design of the Venom. I'd leave his name out of this other than the Hydrostream trademark name , which I'm not sure he even owns anymore. Scott
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Gilmore View Post
    Sorry but Pipcorn built a $hit boat & had NOTHING to do with the design of the Venom. I'd leave his name out of this other than the Hydrostream trademark name , which I'm not sure he even owns anymore. Scott
    hehehe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlowMaxx View Post
    If you go on the hs.com site, there is a news update
    I have spoken with Jim and I don't want to speak on his behalf, but I'm sure he will eventually chime in. What he's done with the company is his business, but what I can tell you he is on the right track and the New Hydrostream is looking great Is he making boats in the same factory as Stroker, yes. Are all build processes and manufacturing product and technique controlled by Jim, yes. So regardless of where the boats are built, Jim is making sure every one of them are personally to his standards. I look forward to seeing some new 2011 'Streams myself and I'm sure Jim will have his input on this as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Gilmore View Post
    Sorry but Pipcorn built a $hit boat & had NOTHING to do with the design of the Venom. I'd leave his name out of this other than the Hydrostream trademark name , which I'm not sure he even owns anymore. Scott

    The Venom is Jim's doing and he is full of knowledge about all of his new hull designs. The Venom hull is extremely cool to see and hear about, ESPECIALLY some of the numbers I've seen these boats putting down in 800'/1000' and in a Top End Shoot Out. It was designed to be one of the most stable, fast, and sweet looking 20' outboards out there and I'm sure a lot of Venom owners will agree. I personally believe this specific hull is capable of being one of the fastest V-Pad hulls on the market, and I'll say it, EVEN compared to an Allison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by josh7_78 View Post
    I have spoken with Jim and I'm sure he will eventually chime in. What he's done with the company is his business, but what I can tell you he is on the right track and the New Hydrostream is looking great Is he making boats in the same factory as Stroker, yes. Are all build processes and manufacturing product and technique controlled by Jim, yes. So regardless of where the boats are built, Jim is making sure every one of them are personally to his standards. I look forward to seeing some new 2011 'Streams myself and I'm sure Jim will have his input on this as well.
    Very well said and very good news. If we cant have it back in Howards hands at least Jim is running the show again. Cant wait to see what he has in store for 2011.
    -Kevin
    Project Hydrostream Vulture
    1977 HydroStream Vulture - Worlds longest ongoing project.
    1976 CobraJet Jet Boat - Outboard conversion project
    199? Glastron - aka Boat Anchor

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