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  1. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    TX2,

    Actually it was Schuster that splashed the Glastron after 16 ft Deep Vee after watching an offshore race and hte flat bottoms getting their butts kicked. Schuster borrowed a Glastron from a local dealer and copied the hull over the weekend.

    Sidewinder came along and copied the hull Schuster had copied and added a Lo Pro Deck, Then Sidewinder knocked off the Schuster Tahiti deck pictured above...Everyone was suing everyone and I don't think anyone ever won anything....Then came all the copies of the Lo Pro and Tahiti decks.

    Karsten
    Sounds like a real mess..... but a pop is a pop and it sounds like both companies deserved each other. The 14, 15 and 16 foot Glastron hulls became the "basis" for a lot of hulls back then including Checkmate. Glastron and Sea Ray are probably responsible for more boat companies' tooling than anybody else, with the possible exception of Don Aronow's 24 footer.

    The Sidewinder tunnel hulls were actually made by a third party in their factory. They made about a dozen or so in both single and twin engine configurations and one of the big duals was actually a four point design. They were neat early tunnels and ran pretty competitively, especially the little single engine designs. This was between 1967 and 1970 or so, long before any Seebold involvement.
    20 Foot Switzer Wing 2 X S3000 (Dust'n the Wind II)
    18 Foot Switzer Wing 2 x 1250 BP's (Miss Diablo)
    15 foot Powercat 15C (2 X Merc 1500) (The Ghost)
    (Single engine boats are lacking something)

    !7 Ft Molinari Evinrude CCC (Gold Dust)
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    Obsolete and Proud of it

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    My dad was a Sidewinder dealer in the late 60's, early 70's here in Gig Harbor, WA. Up until a couple months ao he still had an 18' Green and Gold flake Sidewinder with a Mercruiser Inline-Six 165hp I/O. That was a great boat, motor combination backin the day. It went about 50 mph, had a lot of torque for skiing, and was very efficient.
    Jeff Bare
    Gig Harbor, WA

  3. #18
    My first boat was a purple & silver metalflake 16' Sidewinder had a 150 Merc w/pt. Fun ride at the time. Used it in the ocean here in Ma. Now have a 27' MAGNUM... rides better. GUIDO

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    couple mid 70 s sidewinders
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    Winders, Most fun is the 14ft with a pad(ya they made a pad,14 only I believe).Oldest son bought 1 with 90degr 115hp,(dead)for the grandkids, fixed haul, put 115hp 60degr with 5 1/2 set back lift. insane, ran great. BUT up here kids under 16teen cann't run more than 40hp,(got to have stupid ticket and age) so one of those merc 40/60 motors showed up. Some day the 115 will return when he looses interest in his R/R and the kids leave home, HA HA!

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    This is my 86 Canadian built 20ft Seebold Eagle that was built by Sidewinder. My first boat was a 16 Low Pro with an Evinrude 135.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sutphil View Post
    This is my 86 Canadian built 20ft Seebold Eagle that was built by Sidewinder. My first boat was a 16 Low Pro with an Evinrude 135.
    Did Sidewinder move to Canada?
    20 Foot Switzer Wing 2 X S3000 (Dust'n the Wind II)
    18 Foot Switzer Wing 2 x 1250 BP's (Miss Diablo)
    15 foot Powercat 15C (2 X Merc 1500) (The Ghost)
    (Single engine boats are lacking something)

    !7 Ft Molinari Evinrude CCC (Gold Dust)
    (The exception proves the rule)
    Obsolete and Proud of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by T2x View Post
    Did Sidewinder move to Canada?
    There was a Sidewinder Canada for 20 years and they built 14, 16 and 18ft boats up until about 1990. The Seebold 20's and a few 18's were built from about 86 to 88. Canada - US Free Trade was tough on local boat builders once the tariffs were eliminated.
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    Here is a link to a forum dedicated to Sidewinder Boats and clones.

    http://www.sidewinder-boats.com/port...talk/index.php

    Karsten

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    Cool thats not the Taylor I'm referring to,,,

    Quote Originally Posted by Karsten View Post
    Well the Siderwinder has a great following but an iff"y past or so it seems. Glastron made the Hull that Schuster liked after watching some off shore races. Schuster borrowed a 16 ft Glastron from a dealer and Splashed the hull.

    I am not sure who came out with the Lo Pro Deck 1st or the SS/Tahiti deck but both had a copied Glastron Hull.

    Either way both Splashed each others decks and as far as I know both went out of business back in the 70's or early 80's.

    I have a Schuster Tahiti, also known as a Sidewider SS or a Cobra.





    Now as to Taylor's Again we are talking to different boats.....OK Taylor's or CA Taylor's

    OK Taylor's were flat bottom SK, SJ or V drive with a few limited Mod V Hulls and maybe 10 O/B's.

    The CA Taylor's were Mod V Hull and either in Jet, I/B a few V Drives and a few O/B.

    The CA Taylor I bought.



    that thing has a tunnel V design which I would guess to be close to something like a Stoker or something and that trend is definatly of the 80's vintage. the Taylor I'm speaking of did come from Oklahoma or some mid western state as I remember. I didn't know the sidewinder was a copy of glastron, it seemed wider than the gt-150 or the others. so I'd say a good job of changing the original, but still it's like a lowlife trying to snake your ole lady, just sleazy interesting thread, fun out
    most overnite successes usually take at least 10 years


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    look at the picture in my avatar. thats me at 4 or 5 years old in my dads 16' sidewinder with a 150 tower. king of the lake in its day. the guy who bought it still stores it at loon lake marina, where i work. runs it one week a year. i love summerizing this thing every year. talk about chinewalk! oh yeah- and that is a can of busch in my hand.

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    yea the good ole days !

    Quote Originally Posted by matty b View Post
    look at the picture in my avatar. thats me at 4 or 5 years old in my dads 16' sidewinder with a 150 tower. i love summerizing this thing every year. talk about chinewalk! oh yeah- and that is a can of busch in my hand.
    back before the drinking age went to 21
    most overnite successes usually take at least 10 years


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    Years ago a friend of mine had one with a 455 Olds and adjustable jet drive. Cool boat.
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    Here's a nice one that was for sale on ebay.



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    smart people don't build boats with foam this is how boats get water logged and rot you just a dumb ass

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