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Old 12-08-2006, 11:59 PM
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I was told the 1st Fountains were splashed Excaliburs. Is that true?
Yes, the first Fountains were the 31 Excaliburs which was the actually the old 31 Chris Craft. The Fountains had a pad and notch and were just an insert in the mold is my recollection.

Reggie had Excalibur build them and Lake X rig them. The customer would come to Lake X, run their boat and take delivery there from what I remember.

Overhead was pretty low for him back then and most of the investment money went for sales marketing.

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Put your research books awy!

We all know that the Top Gun was a gift from God himself!
Just like mute women, Crown Royal and The Pill.
Dont over anylize, just be thankfull
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Who is J. Morris? I know he drew the original drawings of the 38 Top Gun deck. Thanks for all of the info.
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The 38 Cigarette Top Gun I think unanimously takes the crown for the most widely known and most popular powerboat to date. I'm not saying everyone loves it, but they know what it is.
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most of the investment money went for sales marketing.

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Isn't this still their business model

Hey, I have one in my garage, I can say that!
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Who is J. Morris? I know he drew the original drawings of the 38 Top Gun deck. Thanks for all of the info.
Far as I know there was no drawing, it was hacked and pieced together using the flat deck method of the race boats.

The engines were too tall after they became side by sides and they wanted a sun pad recessed so they raised the sides of the cockpit 4" or so. Then after it was all said and done a mold was made.

Mark McManus would know more, I was on the road race to race most of time when that was being done.

But in regards to a J Morris, I have no idea and never heard of anyone that was around by that name when it was being created. Maybe somebody over on the production side sketched it.

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Hi ,
If I can be of help, I can give you the info concerning the birth of the boat that the Top Gun was drawn from ...
Jerry Jacoby
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Hi ,
If I can be of help, I can give you the info concerning the birth of the boat that the Top Gun was drawn from ...
Jerry Jacoby
Please Mr. Jacoby tell the tale!

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What we need to do is get Jerry, Richie Powers, Allen Brown and a few others as guests on Talk Offshore this winter for some phone in's. We'll call it the Legends of Offshore. Richie and I already talked about it about a month ago and he wants to bring on some legends from Europe as well. Callers and Listeners are in for a real treat. These guys are the who's who that made offshore what it is today.

Martin and I are working to have Talk Offshore Talk and Type Tuesdays, The Legends of Offshore by the end of January.

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