Good post. Thanks for sharing. Info like this sure helps clear / clean up some of the mystery that surrounds alot of our 'smaller', relatively unknown boat companies.Originally posted by Whirlygig
The 42 challenger started out as a 36 Cigarette "wide body". It also was built by Midnight Express, they called it the 37. Overall beam was 9'4" with the rub rail included. Midnight took the 36, cut the transom off, angled up the rubrail for a deeper hull side and stretched it to 40'6" overall. They built one hull which was a simple hull plug to build a deck plug on. The deck plug got to "duratec" stage and then was stored in the weeds behind Marine Machine for a few years as the company went defunct. There was never a deck mold built.
The hull mold, hull plug and deck plug were purchased in the early ninties by some of the remnants of the Cary Marine Corporation after Randy Postma closed it down in the late Eighties. They started a company called Offshore Concepts, Inc. The hull mold was refinished, the hull and deck plug were cut and pasted to produce what they called the 42 Axiom Race Deck. They later produced a second deck mold for the same hull and named it the 42 Axiom SC (Sport Cruiser) with more head room and integral windshield. The company produced a handfull of custom offshore powerboats before selling years later to Challenger Offshore, now owned by Ron DiBartolo.
Below is a pick of the original hull mold beginning the refinishing process.