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Boats For Sale / Re: Craigslist & ebay boats
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:36:31 AM »
Oh damn! Looks rowdy! What kind of pump is that?

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Hamilton pumps but there's a thread on this site I remember and the boat has a Castoldi pump. Don't know if that was an option or changed out at some point.
Back in the day when Nissan was Still Datsun here in the US you could buy one of these boats off the showroom floor. There was a dealer right around the corner where Hawaiian, Rogers, Howard, Tahiti, all the shops that were at one time or another in Bellflower, named Moon Datsun.

Projects / Re: 1974 Tahiti - Horsepower Fest 2018 Raffle Grand Prize
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:14:54 PM »
Looks awesome, can't wait to see it finished.

I guess I'm not understanding what you're trying to do. Where on the boat were the pictures taken of the paint being striped and what do you mean by 'tub' when removing the paint?

Your boat's 42 years old, if the metal flake is the original and not been re-painted the deck flake might have faded quicker than the side flake being exposed to direct sun. Resin and gel never stops curing.

The process is this, the first thing to be sprayed in the mold is a clear gel, then the blue flake was sprayed in. (The clear is  used on boats that were shot with flake.  When you find an old boat from back in the day and it's still wearing it's original metal flake gel and it looks like it's peeling a layer of skin after a bad sunburn, that's the clear burning off.)

That flake was backed up with a color, probably blue on your boat. Then the rest of the mold was exposed and sprayed white (or what ever base color was ordered) then when that color kicked everything is sprayed with black gel. This is to aid in the lamination process, makes it easy to see air bubbles in the resin/glass.

Now if your Rogers had a cap job, the seam filled between deck and hull, that would have been done of course after the parts were pulled and the pieces bonded together from the inside. Once the hull was together it would have been sent to BK fiberglass in Bellflower and Kenny would have filled the seam and painted that area externally, like a car. All cap jobs were done by Kenny. There's a chance that is what's going on here even though I see molding on the hull, best way to tell is if you can fell a slight ridge going from the blue flake gel to the white, this will tell you it was done after the part was pulled.

Sorry, kinda long winded answer.

Boats For Sale / Re: Stevens v- drive
« on: January 04, 2018, 05:47:50 PM »
Holy crap, what a cool boat.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: December 16, 2017, 08:57:17 AM »
Old rigger you need to write all the shit down in a book or something don't want everything you know lost some day 👍

1977 Challenger

I think I've bored my share of boat owners enough through the years. thanks though.

By the way, Hardin also owned Berkeley a few years later and that made it very tough for us (in my opinion) at Advantage. I was GM/rigger there and the owner had a rule that we couldn't buy parts from any company that built boats AND supplied parts. This was a few years after Advantage was up and running because they built a ton of boats early on with berks in them. So we couldn't buy Berkeleys because Hardin built Tahitis/Carribeans, couldnt use Dana billet parts because they also built boats and there were 2 more players like that but I can't think of them right now. Those were the main 2. Again this is my opinion mainly from my years for working with Roger but if you're not using a berk you're doing it wrong. lol He wouldn't build a jet without one, many tried to get him to install another pump but he stayed true to his way of building.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: December 15, 2017, 01:32:28 PM »
1 have a 79 Caribbean made by hardenhull has same lines

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Hardin owned Tahiti and Caribbean around that time.

The No Wake Zone / Re: Tahiti
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:44:21 PM »
Although I wasn't at Tahiti then (left in '74) that appears to be the Southwind bottom. Tahiti's splash of the Southward was called the Super Tiger. When they added the bubble deck that model was called the 18 Super Tiger Bubble.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: BBC Guardian mounts and exhaust
« on: May 02, 2017, 04:59:29 PM »

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: Berkeley C with Place diverter
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:42:04 PM »

Project Boats For Sale / '72 Tahiti Toad... free
« on: April 09, 2017, 02:47:45 PM »

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: Berkeley C with Place diverter
« on: April 06, 2017, 02:38:19 PM »
Nope, sorry.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: BBC Guardian mounts and exhaust
« on: April 05, 2017, 12:18:16 PM »

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: BBC Guardian mounts and exhaust
« on: April 03, 2017, 07:27:45 AM »
How much for just the mounts?


Manifolds are gone.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / BBC Guardian mounts and exhaust
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:58:05 PM »

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Berkeley C with Place diverter
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:56:17 PM »

Hulls / Re: 83 20' Targa, anybody seen one like this?
« on: October 03, 2016, 07:47:50 AM »
So I found this 78 Hawaiian mini on Craigslist looks a lot like my 83 Targa. Guess mine is a splash of theirs...

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The Hawaiian was not a copy, we tooled up that new deck, and the changes to the spectra bottom, in house. One of my favorite Hawaiians.

I mis-read your post. The targa could be a splash but the deck above the dash looks like it was changed a little. Someone else in the OC ended up with those Hawaiian molds (we had LOTS of molds and they went everywhere) and built them for a while, can't remember who it was.

Random Boat Parts For Sale / Re: Custom Boat Emblems
« on: May 02, 2016, 08:22:35 AM »
Those are very cool, nice work poverty.

Hulls / Re: rub rail rivets
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:23:24 PM »
If you have the trim with the rubber insert you could just drill a new hole in the trim so you have new glass to drill into. If its the rounded trim with exposed rivet heads there are different length rivets with the same diameter, 1/8 for example, and the extra length should pull the trim to the hull nice and tight.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: March 10, 2016, 02:34:37 PM »
thanks! How are you able to tell the difference with them being the same year?

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A quick giveaway that you can see at a glance is the gunnel on your boat has a step in it, about a foot in front of the gas fills. T_hess's boat has straight gunals, but the 2 have share nothing except the emblem.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:21:27 AM »
Found this on Vintage Jet Boats. They have brochures for a lot of different companies.

Some cool old ads over there.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:16:19 PM »
Welcome back old rigger


Thanks, I check in now and then to see all the cool projects.

MDomingue12, you have the old Tiger. Tahiti built a gazillion of them, so did Kona and a bunch of other shops.

Hulls / Re: Need Help Identfying this Tahiti
« on: March 09, 2016, 12:32:33 PM »
I'm almost 100% sure that when Tahiti splashed the Southwind it was called the 'Super Tiger'. The 'Tiger' was the old 18.

Hulls / Re: Tahiti super cruiser
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:48:02 AM »
This poster is from 1975 when the 20 super cruiser was tooled up. There are a few of them in the pic, the one in the foreground with the diamond tuft interior, the black one on the right. This was a year after I left Tahiti to go to Hawaiian, along with half off the crew, so I didn't work there when it was introduced but it's still one of my all time favorite hulls, no matter who built it. Classic lines and that long deck is really good looking.

Hulls / Re: Tahiti super cruiser
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:33:04 AM »
That hull was an original, tooled up in house at Tahiti. Great hull and does everything well, jet, I/O, outboard and v-drive. Advantage boats for one, copied it and still offer it in their line up. We added a wedge, at Advantage, in the I/Os between the gimbal and transom to give it 15 degrees. I think it has 12 stock?  That hull also loves a keel fin, especially on jets.

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